Another Round of T’Storms Possible Later TodayJuly 24th, 2012 at 8:46 am by Michelle Muscatello under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
It was quite the wake up call this morning in RI and southeastern MA as a line of showers and thunderstorms pushed into our area between 4:30-6:30am. The storms dumped a quick 1/4″ to 1/2″ of rain in about 15min from Smithfield and Providence into New Bedford, MA and brought frequent lightning and gusty winds, too. The storms quickly moved through, setting our area up for a hazy hot and humid day.
The combination of the high heat, high humidity and an approaching cold front will make southern New England a prime spot for additional showers and thunderstorms to develop from right after lunch through early evening. The storms should be hit-or-miss, so not everyone see’s one. However, any storms that do develop could be strong or severe. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed RI and southeastern MA under a “slight risk” for severe thunderstorms, with the main threat being damaging wind gusts (50mph+) and large hail (1″ diameter or more).
The threat of seeing any thunderstorms will quickly diminish after 8pm as a cold front sweeps through, skies clear and humidity levels will drop, giving us more comfortable sleeping conditions for tonight.