A Big Drink for The Lawns

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – Your typical lawn needs about 1 inch of rain a week.

It has been a real struggle lately to get any sort of real measurable precipitation. The last widespread rainfall event occurred more than 3 months ago… on January 12-13… with two-day totals of 1.59″ in Providence (PVD); 1.15″ in Worcester (ORH); 0.99 inches at Windsor Locks, CT (BDL); and 0.97″ at Boston (BOS).

So it has been a while for New England standards! It has been a long time coming..personally, I can not wait…weekend or not!

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First of all, let’s talk about this fabulous Friday! What a day this is going to be. After a week of incredible weather, this one could end up being on of the best.

Sunshine with some increasing high clouds in the afternoon with southerly winds gusting to 20+ in the afternoon. Highs will be running well above normal again with highs climbing to near 80 degrees in SNH, the Merrimack Valley and northern Worcester county.

The rest of us will see highs in the mid-upper 70’s with a slight sea breeze developing right at the coast this afternoon which will keep it cooler on the south shore beaches and the Cape in the 60’s.

Fantastic Friday! Is there anything better?

Clouds will lower and thicken after midnight tonight. There is the potential for some patchy drizzle right around dawn on Saturday. The good news is these low clouds will be lifting and breaking by 10 AM giving way to partly sunny skies by midday.  With SSW winds 10-20 mph…Highs will again be climbing into the Lwr-mid 70’s.

A pretty decent Saturday in the cards! A cold front will be pushing into New England by the afternoon. This will come with clouds spreading eastward as well as a few late day showers in North and west. Showers will spread east Saturday night.

This front will stall over SNE. On Sunday we will be watching a wave of low pressure coming out of the Carolinas and riding up along this stalled front. As the low comes up the coast it will begin to strengthen off the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday night. Sunday will feature showers turning into a steadier rainfall by afternoon and evening. The heaviest rain will likely occur Sunday night through Monday morning. Rain will be heavy at times with gusty winds to be found at the coast.

The low will eventually track west of New England through upstate NY Monday and Tuesday and move into Canada. The heaviest rain will go along with it…but with a cyclonic flow aloft over the northeast…clouds will linger into Tuesday with the chance for a few lingering scattered showers. As the low pulls away we will have to track another piece of energy which will be diving in from the Great Lakes which could provide us with another chance of showers by Thursday.

Moral of the story: We finally have some rain in the forecast!

This will be a good soaking rainfall for the lawns and gardens.

A solid 1-3″ rainfall is expected. No flooding problems are anticipated…but there may be some poor drainage issues in any tropical downpours.  Now would be a good time to put down the fertilizer and crabgrass preventer. Make sure the gutters are clear to let the water flow.

You can follow Joe on Twitter at @JoeJoyceWBZ.

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