Tuesday August 13, 2013 | 11:50 AM
Posted by David Epstein

 Today is going to be a day without sunshine, but in the current weather pattern we are in, this is the exception, not the rule. Every summer there is a week or two that end up the perfect week for vacationing.  For me, the perfect vacation week is sunny all but one day and that one has clouds and showers.  The reason I like to have one day  of inclement weather is that it provides a chance to sit around, reading, surfing the net or doing things inside like a museum or two without feeling like I am wasting a nice day.  If you are on vacation this week, I think it will end up as one of the nicer weeks of the entire summer, although it might be cool for some of you.

 
Summer is flying by with just two more weekends until Labor Day.  If you are like most adults, you feel time moves exponentially faster with each passing year.  If you read my blog regularly you know I am fascinated by light and time.   One of the reasons I think time goes by so fast as we age is because of simple math.  Days, weeks, and years are forever becoming a much smaller percentage of our lives with each moment. 
 
When we are 5, a year seems like an eternity, and it’s actually a whopping 20% of our lives.  Summer itself is about 5% of a first graders life up to that point.  Fast forward to being 30, 40 or 50 years old and the percentages drop rapidly.  At 50 when a year is now just 2% of your life and the three months of summer a fraction of that.   It’s no wonder the days fly by so fast, they are such a small part of what we have already experienced.
 
A cold front and a low pressure system are all combining to bring periods of showers to the area the rest of the afternoon and early evening. Humidity will be higher than the past several days, but the oppressive levels of moisture in the air will be confined far to the south of Maine and more towards the mid-Atlantic.   You can see the progress of the showers around noon  today below.
 
Wednesday is a transitional day from the rain of today to sparkling sunshine Thursday.  Tomorrow will be a blustery day of sorts with clouds and sunshine mixed.  Temperatures will be in the lower 70s and humidity won’t be a factor.  I would not call tomorrow a beach day, rather just a great day to be outside and enjoy the weather.  The biggest weather variable tomorrow you will notice will be those gusty winds.
 
Sunshine, dry air and warm temperatures continue for the rest of the week and well past the weekend.  Highs will reach the mid and upper 70s inland with a few towns reaching for 80F. You can shave a few degrees off those numbers if you are at the beach.  At night it will be comfortably cool.  Lows in the 48-58 degree range will be commonplace.   You shouldn’t need the air conditioning at all to sleep for the foreseeable future.
 
Looking into the weather crystal ball we continue to see fine August weather for the next 10-14 days.  The tropics also look quiet which is a good thing since the Atlantic continues to run warm and New England’s prime target time for hurricane and tropical activity in New England is late August through mid-September.
 

Gardening this week Tomato and corn season is upon us here in New England and the produce is wonderful. My own tomatoes are now coming to maturity and the video below is an update to one tomato plant I rescued last fall from a sidewalk at Framingham State. The plant was growing in the crack of the concrete and I kept it alive all winter. I'll be updating the details of the weather on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.

In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.

David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.

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