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11am Cristobal Update

August 25th, 2014 at 11:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Cristobal continues to show signs of slow strengthening, but upper-level winds (wind shear) continue to try to tear the system apart.

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The visible satellite picture above clearly shows the center of circulation exposed to the north of the Bahamas.  The strongest of the showers and thunderstorms remain to the east and south of the center.  The central and southern Bahamas are continuing to see heavy rain from the system, and there have been many reports of flooding on the island chain.

At 11am, Cristobal was approximately 715 miles southwest of Bermuda and about 1275miles south of Providence.

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Cristobal 8am Update

August 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center.  Cristobal was creeping northward away from the Bahamas.  The center was exposed with heavy showers and thunderstorms still impacting the southeast Bahamas.  You can see the ‘feeder bands’ of clouds working into the center of circulation while the brighter white clouds (thunderstorms) are focused to the east and south of the center.

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Here’s the 8am NHC info…

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Cristobal Latest

August 25th, 2014 at 7:03 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Cristobal is currently near the southeast Bahamas and will slowly be moving away from the island chain today.

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Back to School for Many This Week

August 25th, 2014 at 5:45 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

For many students, this is back to school week.   In Rhode Island, Barrington and Lincoln begin school today.   It looks like the weather will have little impact for those headed back to school during the next few days.

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High pressure will be building into Southern New England today both in the low levels and upper levels of the atmosphere.  This is a weather pattern which usually promotes lots of sunshine.

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Monday’s Outlook In S’rn New England and Williamsport

August 18th, 2014 at 12:07 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Outside of a few showers on Sunday, the weekend was pretty nice!  A cold front passed through Southern New England Sunday evening and brought with it some drier air.  High pressure will be building into the Northeast on Monday.  With high pressure, you get sinking air, so it’s harder to get clouds and precipitation.   We’ll stay dry here in Southern New England on Monday with lots of sunshine.

 

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Planetary Conjunction Monday Morning

August 17th, 2014 at 12:04 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There’s going to be an spectacular astronomical phenomenon called a planetary conjunction in the early morning sky Monday morning.  A conjunction is when planets (or any celestial bodies) appear to join together (as seen from Earth).   Earth, Venus and Jupiter will make a near perfect line in space, and this will create a unique show just before sunrise. 

After the sun and the moon, these two planets are the brightest objects in our sky.   Venus and Jupiter will look like a double star as they will appear less then 1/2° apart from each other.  That’s a very small piece of the sky.  The distance between the two will be about the size of a coffee stirrer held at arm’s length!

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Despite their close appearance in our sky, the two planets will be very far apart. 

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Sunday’s Outlook

August 16th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are expecting some rain showers on Sunday, but we are not looking at a washout.  In fact, many people won’t even be seeing any rain.  There are two time periods for showers that we are watching– early morning and afternoon.

Early Sunday morning we could see some rain showers move in off of the ocean.  They’ll be moving northeastward and areas to the south and east of Providence could be clipped with a few showers.  The Cape and Islands could hear a rumble of thunder, too, as the air will be pretty unstable there.  Below is the computer model HRRR for midnight.   These showers are expected in Southeast New England between midnight and 8am.

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Another batch of showers will move into Southern New England from New York…similar timing here as well — midnight to 8am.

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Little League World Series Forecast

August 15th, 2014 at 3:12 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents from the Cumberland American team!  They’ll be representing New England in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA Friday evening.   It’s a tremendous accomplishment to make it this far and Rhode Island is proud.

Weather-wise for the game, it looks good Friday evening.

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As of 3pm, there were some clumpy clouds that developed here in Rhode Island and over central Pennsylvania.  These clouds are in response to a batch of cool air above our heads and the heating of the day.  As the sun gets lower in the sky this evening, skies should be clearing out both here in RI and in PA.

Here’s what the forecast looks like for Williamsport, PA…

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Go Rhode Island!

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 


Super Weather This Evening for the Super Moon

August 10th, 2014 at 9:15 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Today will be beautiful here in Southern New England — lots of warm sunshine with low humidity.

Once you’re home from the beach or out of the pool, you might want to check out the “Super Moon” — the closest the moon will be to the Earth this year.  I think the weather will cooperate, too.

There will be a piece of energy dropping down from Northern New England today. You can see it in the image below (yellow, orange and red).

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This will help create some rain showers for parts of New Hampshire, Maine and northeastern Massachusetts, but that’s about it.   Any showers should be isolated up there, and they’ll likely stay out of our area.

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Cloud-wise for RI and nearby MA, there will be some clouds especially east of Providence.  Our computer models indicate there will be some moisture in the atmosphere at 850mb and 725mb (approximately 5,000 to 8,000feet up).   This will translate into partly cloudy skies this evening.  Below is the relative humidity in the atmosphere all the way up to about 40,000feet.  Notice the pinkish area this evening…that’s high relative humidity over Providence.  I think dry air aloft will help keep our skies in good enough condition to see the moon, especially as it rises.  Times run from left to right on the graph…UTC is Greenwich Mean Time (4hours difference from us).

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Another Nice Day on Sunday

August 9th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Saturday’s weather was fantastic, and we’ll get another great day on Sunday.

An area of high pressure will be sliding overhead through the day.  High pressure promotes sinking air, and it’s tougher to make the clouds and therefore tougher to get precipitation.   There will be a little piece of energy in the upper-levels moving southward from Maine/New Hamphire.  This may scare up a few extra clouds across eastern parts of our area, but that’s about it.   We’ll be staying dry.

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Winds will start from the north as the high center builds into New England, but those winds will become more onshore during the afternoon with a developing sea breeze.   Temperatures will be a little cooler at the coast, but it will be nice everywhere with low humidity.  The weather looks good for seeing the “Super Moon” Sunday evening and for Perseid Meteor watching early Monday morning.

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The nice weather will continue through Monday and into Tuesday.  We could potentially see a washout on Wednesday.  If you picked this week for vacation, you did pretty good.  Wednesday may be a book-reading, chore-doing, movie-watching kind of day though.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Perseid Meteors Peak Next Few Nights

August 9th, 2014 at 9:40 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak August 9-14 — the Perseid Meteor Shower.   They are best seen after midnight and during this time of the summer, it’s comfortable to be outside and stargaze.  In a dark sky, you could see 50 meteors per hour.  This year, we’ll have the full “Super Moon” and waning gibbous moon to dim some of the meteors.

Sometimes you can see a few after 9pm as the constellation Perseus rises over the horizon, but the best show always arrives after midnight.

What are the Perseid Meteors?

Meteors are tiny bits of rock, usually the size of a piece of dust or as large as a pebble, that burn up in the atmosphere as the Earth plows through the debris in space.  They get their name because of the constellation they appear to come from — Perseus.  This debris is actually from a comet, Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Courtesy: NASA

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The comet passes through the inner solar system once every 134 years.  It spends most of its time hanging out past the orbit of Pluto in an area known as the Kuiper Belt — an area of space filled with many pieces of rock, likely left over from the development of the Solar System.  The last visit was in 1992.  During each passage, the comet sheds gases and debris as it gets closer to the sun.  That debris is left floating in space.

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From August 9-14th, the Earth passes through this debris field, and the tiny bits of rock light up in the atmosphere.

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Super Moon Sunday

August 9th, 2014 at 8:16 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Get your cameras ready! This year’s “Super Moon” is coming to a sky near you.  Here in Southern New England, the moon will rise at 7:36pm on Sunday and will appear bigger than other full moons we’ve had this year.

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What is a Super Moon?

The moon has an elliptical orbit around the Earth, and our only natural satellite takes approximately 27 days to make a full orbit around the Earth.  That orbit changes  Because of that elliptical orbit, the moon has both a closest (perigee) and farthest (apogee) distance from the Earth.   During a “Super Moon”, the moon is at its closest approach of the year and appears to be bigger and brighter.   When the moon is the farthest, we call it a “Micro Moon”.  The smaller-looking moon was visible in our skies in January.  The distances change each month throughout the year.

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These terms are fairly new in our lingo.  The moon has had this elliptical orbit for eons, but the words “Super” and “Micro” Moons have emerged in just the past few years.  Sunday’s Super Moon isn’t really even the closest the moon can get to Earth.  In March, 2011, the moon was 221,565 miles from us — that’s 126 miles from the smallest Earth-Moon distance.  It was during the days leading up to that perigee that the term “Super Moon” really exploded into our lingo.

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What To Look For Sunday

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Thursday’s Rip Current Threat

August 6th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Waves from Bertha will slowly subside during the next 24hours, but there will still be a moderate risk of rip currents at area beaches.  If you are going to the beach and plan on going in the water, please swim in sight of a lifeguard.

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The moderate risk of rip currents exists at beaches exposed to the open ocean.  These beaches include, but not limited to:

  • Misquamicut (Westerly)
  • Westerly Town Beach
  • Blue Shutters (Charlestown)
  • Charlestown Town Beach
  • Matunuck Beach (South Kingstown)
  • Carpenter’s Beach (South Kingstown)
  • East Matunuck State Beach (South Kingstown)
  • Scarborough Beach and Scarborough South (Narragansett)
  • Narragansett Town Beach
  • Eastons Beach (Newport)
  • Second Beach (Middletown)
  • Town of Little Compton Beach
  • South Shore Beach (Little Compton)
  • Horseneck Beach (Westport, MA)
  • Ballards Beach on Block Island
  • Aquinnah Public Beach (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Squibnocket Beach (Martha’s Vineyard
  • South Beach State Park (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Miacomet (Nantucket)
  • Fisherman’s (Nantucket)
  • Nobadeer Beach (Nantucket)

Here’s the ocean wave forecast for Thursday around noon.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Severe T’stom Warning for Parts of SE MA

August 6th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5pm for Central and Southeast Bristol County in MA.  A thunderstorm capable of producing large hail and damaging winds was moving southeastward.  Lightning and torrential rain are also threats.  Communities in the path of the storm include Acushnet, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth.  If you are in the path of this storm, stay indoors and away from windows until the storm passes.

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Strong Tstorm Over SE MA

August 6th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Live Pinpoint Doppler Radar tracking a developing strong thunderstorm over SE MA, moving southeastward toward New Bedford.  It has lightning, torrential rain and possibly hail and strong gusty winds.

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We were watching the storm developing in 3-D during the last hour.  With doppler radar returns this strong at this height within the atmospheric conditions present today, lightning was expected…that’s what we are seeing now.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


4-6 Foot Waves Crashing on Areas Beaches

August 6th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Watching our Narragansett Beach Cam, we are estimating the waves crashing on the beach to be betwteen 4 and 6 feet high.  This is great for surfers, but still potentially dangerous for swimmers.  These breaking waves can create dangerous rip currents.

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Buoys offshore of RI show wave heights of 6feet.  We’ve been noting the wave heights going up and down over the last several hours.  Also, we’ve noticed the frequency of the waves has been increasing….something known as wave period.  The period of the waves went from 10seconds to 8.8seconds through the day.

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Wave heights should slowly ease through Thursday, but there will likely still be a risk of rip currents.  Swim with caution.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Thunderstorm Threat This Afternoon

August 6th, 2014 at 1:17 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A cold front has pushed offshore, but there will still be the potential for some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

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Although the dew points (measurement of the amount of moisture in the air) are dropping, they remain high enough to help produce some showers and thunderstorms….in the 60s.

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In addition, there is a piece of energy moving over Southern New England this afternoon which will work with a weak frontal boundary at the surface to help spark these storms.  You can see the yellow and orange area in the graphic below..

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These factors along with the sunshine will all work to help create some scattered thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening.  It won’t be raining all the time, and not everyone will see a storm, but the possibility will be there.  I think the best chance will be away from the immediate south coast; however, all of Southeast New England could see a thunderstorm through the afternoon until about 6-7pm.

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They will likely be short-lived, but they could bring:

  • Brief, but heavy rain
  • Gusty winds
  • Hail

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


High Rip Current Risk Today

August 6th, 2014 at 11:30 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

12:45pm UPDATE:  Swimming at Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA is prohibited until further notice. This is a notoriously bad spot for rip currents when there are rough seas.

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If you are going to one of the many area beaches today, please swim near and within sight of a life guard as there is a high risk of rip currents today.  If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach to escape it.

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The high risk of rip currents exists at beaches exposed to the open ocean.  These beaches include, but not limited to:

  • Misquamicut (Westerly)
  • Westerly Town Beach
  • Blue Shutters (Charlestown)
  • Charlestown Town Beach
  • Matunuck Beach (South Kingstown)
  • Carpenter’s Beach (South Kingstown)
  • East Matunuck State Beach (South Kingstown)
  • Scarborough Beach and Scarborough South (Narragansett)
  • Narragansett Town Beach
  • Eastons Beach (Newport)
  • Second Beach (Middletown)
  • Town of Little Compton Beach
  • South Shore Beach (Little Compton)
  • Horseneck Beach (Westport, MA)
  • Ballards Beach on Block Island
  • Aquinnah Public Beach (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Squibnocket Beach (Martha’s Vineyard
  • South Beach State Park (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Miacomet (Nantucket)
  • Fisherman’s (Nantucket)
  • Nobadeer Beach (Nantucket)

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High Rip Current Risk for Wednesday

August 5th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Bertha will be passing approximately 300 miles to the southeast of New England late tonight.  While we won’t be seeing any rain or wind from Bertha, we will see some heavy wave action during the next several days.  The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued an alert for a High Rip Current Risk for ocean exposed shorelines in Southeast New England.  These alerts are issued by the National Weather Service when there is the risk for dangerous rip currents along some area beaches.  Rip currents can become life threatening.

From that alert:

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Rip currents are strong and very localized currents of water near the surface which move directly away from the shoreline and through breaking waves.  They can be caused by a number of factors including large waves from passing tropical systems like Bertha.  If you plan on swimming in the water, swim near and within sight of a lifeguard.

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When caught in a rip current, swimmers can be quickly carried away from the beach.  If you are caught in one, don’t panic! Swimming against a rip current can exhaust even the best swimmers.  If you are caught in a rip current, it’s important to swim parallel to the shoreline.  If you are headed to the beach, memorize the graphic below.  It could save your life.

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You can track the wave heights on our Ocean page, and get more information about rip current safety on our rip current page.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 

 

 

 

 


Bertha Latest

August 5th, 2014 at 1:35 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This morning, the circulation of Tropical Storm Bertha was clearly exposed, which isn’t a good sign for tropical systems.   When thunderstorms cluster around the center of circulation, these storms can intensify.

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During the last several hours, however, there has been a burst of convection (shower/t’storm activity) to the north of the circulation.

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Bertha Strengthens

August 3rd, 2014 at 11:23 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Air Force aircraft investigating Tropical Storm Bertha have found stronger winds around the center of circulation….a jump from 45mph at 5pm to 65mph at 11pm! Strong thunderstorms to the east of the center have grown and become better organized.  Bertha is just to the north of the Bahamas.

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Monday’s Outlook

August 3rd, 2014 at 10:29 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a mostly cloudy, damp, cool and showery weekend, we need a little sunshine.  I think we will see a much better day on Monday! Better beach weather. Better boating weather. Better anything weather.  There’s still the chance for showers on Monday, but at least we’ll have the sun.

Here’s how Monday will play out….

There’s an area of upper-level energy spinning over Pennsylvania. You can sorta make out a spin over the Keystone State on the satellite/radar loop.


Tropical Storm Bertha

August 3rd, 2014 at 6:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The convection (shower/thunderstorm activity) around Bertha has become a little better organized today.  While looking pretty ragged on Saturday, it looks a little healthier today.  The system has sustained winds are 45mph.

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At 5pm on Sunday, Bertha was near the Turks and Caicos Islands in the southeast Bahamas Islands.  The storm will begin to turn northward and then eventually northeastward away from the United States this week.

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Interesting to note, the National Hurricane Center’s official forecast calls for Bertha to intensify into a Category 1 Hurricane with winds of 75mph on Wednesday as it passes well to our south and east.  We feel pretty confident that Bertha will stay out to sea.  We could, however, see some waves from Bertha, especially if the system strengthens to a strong tropical storm or  hurricane.  Below is a forecast of ocean waves for Wednesday….some of the large waves associated with Bertha could propagate our way mid to late week.  Surfers unite!

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Tropical Storm Bertha Latest

August 2nd, 2014 at 11:50 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 11pm, Tropical Storm Bertha was moving through the Dominican Republic.  The poorly organized system was bringing some squally weather to the island.   Data from Hurricane Hunter aircraft and surface observations  continued to show no well-defined low-level circulation.  Despite some strong thunderstorms just to the north of the Domincan Republic, the system shows no real organization.  The National Hurricane Center mentioned that any advisories associated with Bertha could be dropped Sunday.

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Bertha is expected to continue moving northwest toward the Bahamas during the next 2 days.  The same system moving through the Northeast on Sunday will help guide Bertha out to sea and away from the United States.

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Also of note in the tropics, we are monitoring an area of disturbed weather over the Bahamas.   This is associated with a weak area of low pressure.   There is only a slight chance that this area could become a tropical depression in the next 24hours.   On Monday, conditions will become unfavorable for tropical cyclone development as upper-level winds will become too strong.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 


Sunday’s Outlook

August 2nd, 2014 at 10:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Sunday will not be perfect, but it does not look like a washout either.

We are monitoring an area of showers off the North Carolina and Virginia coastlines.  This area of rain is being produced by energy in the upper-levels of the atmosphere interacting with a stalled front.   As this disturbance moves northward, the showers will arrive in our area Sunday morning.  I don’t think the showers will be as widespread as Saturday.

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Less Frequent Showers This Evening

August 2nd, 2014 at 4:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Rain fell pretty heavily for awhile today, especially near the south coast.  Here are some of the rainfall totals as of 4:30pm:

  • Block Island  1.15″
  • TF Green Airport  .18″
  • Smithfield  .15″
  • Newport .90″
  • Westerly .56″
  • Tiverton .79″
  • Taunton .41″
  • New Bedford .94″
  • Hyannis .71″

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Looking ahead, we have big slug of rain to get through before things settle down a bit.  At 4:30pm, Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar was picking up on more rain moving along the south coasts of RI and MA and headed northeastward.  This should clear RI by 5:30pm and MA by 6:30pm.

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High resolution computer models indicate that a few more rain showers are possible after this batch of rain, but nothing that should last more than a few minutes.  If you are headed to one of the many outdoor activities this evening  (Charlestown Seafood Festival, New Bedford Portuguese Fest), bring the poncho.   There will be many dry periods this evening, but a few quick showers are possible.

Looking ahead to Sunday, there’s still the chance of showers, but not nearly as widespread or heavy in RI and and nearby MA and CT.  The best chance for showers will be to the south and east of Providence.  Notice what our RPM computer model is showing at noon for Sunday….showers closer to the south coast and over Southeastern, MA.

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I’ll detail Sunday’s outlook even more in another blog post this evening.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 


Quiet Now, But Weekend Trouble?

July 30th, 2014 at 11:54 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We had a taste of autumn across the Northeast this morning.  Low temperatures were in the 30s, 40s and 50s….yes 30s! Look at Saranac Lake, NY! Martha’s Vineyard (not on map) had a low of 49°!  Very dry air, little wind and clear skies allowed the temperatures to plummet through the night.  The average low for the date is 65° in Providence.

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Our weather will be mostly dry through Thursday, but we’ll begin to see some changes as we head toward the weekend.

As I wrote about yesterday, it’ll start to feel stickier in Southern New England on Thursday as southwest winds will begin to bring more humid air into the region.  We’re not talking about oppressive humidity, but you’ll  likely notice the change through the day tomorrow.

 

Sitting offshore is a plume of tropical moisture.  You can see it on this NASA satellite image from Tuesday.

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Nice Stretch of Weather

July 29th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a humid and showery stretch, we will have a nice stretch of weather the rest of the week.

A cold front ushered in much less humid air into Southern New England this morning. The dew points dropped from 71 Monday afternoon to 58 this afternoon.  The dew point is a measurement of the amount of moisture in the atmosphere.  The higher the dew point, the stickier it feels.

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That cold front will stall offshore and hang out there for the balance of the week (and may play a role in our weekend).  An area of low pressure will ride along the front Wednesday and may bring extra clouds to Southeast Massachusetts.  We’ll enjoy more nice weather for Wednesday with sunshine and continued comfortable dew points.

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Revere, MA Tornado Report

July 29th, 2014 at 6:24 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The first tornado in recorded history in Suffolk County, MA hit the city of Revere on Monday, July 29, 2014.  The tornado caused considerable damage to buildings, houses, trees, power lines and vehicles.

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Below is the report from the National Weather Service regarding the EF2 tornado which had winds estimated to be as strong as 120mph.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
432 PM EDT MON JUL 28 2014

…TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SUFFOLK COUNTY MA…

LOCATION…CHELSEA AND REVERE IN SUFFOLK COUNTY MA
DATE… JULY 28 2014
ESTIMATED TIME…9:32 – 9:36 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…120 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…3/8 OF A MILE
PATH LENGTH…2.0 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.3980 / -71.0219
ENDING LAT/LON…42.4225 / -71.0037
* FATALITIES…0
* INJURIES…0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON THE MORNING OF JULY 28 2014 IN CHELSEA
AND REVERE IN SUFFOLK COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS. IT HAD A PATH LENGTH
OF 2 MILES AND PATH WIDTH OF 3/8 OF A MILE. MOST DAMAGE HAD A
RATING OF EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE BUT EF-2 DAMAGE WAS
OBSERVED IN THE VICINITY OF REVERE BEACH PARKWAY. THUS THIS EVENT
IS CLASSIFIED AS AN EF-2 TORNADO. MAXIMUM WIND GUSTS WERE
ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN 100 AND 120 MPH. THANKFULLY AND MIRACULOUSLY
THERE WERE NO FATALITIES OR INJURIES REPORTED AS A RESULT OF THIS
TORNADO.

ALTHOUGH THE TORNADO BEGAN IN CHELSEA…WHERE A WINDOW WAS
REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN BLOWN OUT ON DUDLEY STREET…THE
OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE TOWN OF REVERE.

THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE CHELSEA RIVER…DIRECTLY ACROSS THE
PAUL CRONIN MEMORIAL SKATING RINK…AND PORTIONS OF ITS ROOF WERE
BLOWN NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS ROUTE 16. NUMEROUS HOUSES ON REVERE
BEACH PARKWAY WERE SEVERELY IMPACTED…WITH ONE ROOF COMPLETELY
BLOWN OFF. IN THAT VICINITY…LARGE OAK TREES WERE SNAPPED MID-WAY
UP. JUST TO THE EAST OF THE ONRAMP FROM ROUTE 107 TO ROUTE
16…TREES WERE DOWNED FROM WEST TO EAST. TREES JUST TO THE WEST OF
WILSON STREET WERE DOWNED FROM EAST TO WEST. THIS GAVE A CLEAR
DELINEATION OF THE TRACK OF THE TORNADO…WHICH IS LOW PRESSURE AND
HAS TREES BLOWING IN TOWARD THE TRACK. SOME TREES AND TREE LIMBS
WERE LIFTED UP AND DEPOSITED ON TOP OF HOUSES IMMEDIATELY BEHIND
REVERE BEACH PARKWAY.

THE DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE CENTER OF REVERE.
THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHWARD…BASICALLY FOLLOWING
ROUTE 107/BROADWAY. AT THE TOWN HALL…WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT AND
THERE WAS ROOF DAMAGE. A LARGE BIRCH TREE WAS UPROOTED THERE.
MORE THAN A HUNDRED HOMES HAD DAMAGE THAT RANGED FROM SIDING TORN
OFF TO PORTIONS OF ROOFS LIFTED OR BLOWN OFF. THERE WERE SEVERAL
STORE SIGNS THAT WERE DESTROYED. DEBRIS FROM HOMES COULD BE SEEN
COLLECTING ON FENCES. TREES FELL ON SEVERAL CARS WITH A FEW BEING
CRUSHED.

THE POLICE REPORTED THAT A CAR HAD BEEN OVERTURNED…TO THE WEST
OF BROADWAY AT THE INTERSECTION OF MALDEN STREET AND CARLSON
AVENUE. THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED NORTHWARD TO JUST BEYOND THE
ROTARY AT ROUTE 60. NEAR THAT ROTARY THERE WAS A BILLBOARD LYING ON
TOP OF SEVERAL CARS.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS 2 MILES AND THE PATH WIDTH WAS
APPROXIMATELY 3/8 OF A MILE…WITH A SHARP CUTOFF OF THE DAMAGE
JUST EAST OF AMERICAN LEGION HIGHWAY/ROUTE 60.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND ITS APPRECIATION
TO OUR NORTH SHORE AND BOSTON SKYWARN AMATEUR RADIO
COORDINATORS…THE MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
REGION 1 OFFICE…AND THE REVERE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR HELPING US
TREMENDOUSLY WITH THIS STORM SURVEY.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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Sunshine is a Double-Edged Sword

July 28th, 2014 at 1:07 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s nice to have the sun this afternoon, but it really is a double-edged sword.  The sunshine will go to work and help de-stabilize the atmosphere in Southern New England.  This will help any storms that do develop to intensify and maintain their strength.  The satellite photo below shows many breaks in the cloud cover over our area.

vis_mon

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The high-resolution computer models we use are showing a line of showers and thunderstorms moving out of western New England and into our area during the early evening.  This is the HRRR computer model for 6pm this evening.

hrrr_1

Until then, individual storm cells could continue to pop up through the afternoon in our area.  Any storms, whether they are moving through this afternoon or evening, could be strong to severe.  The atmosphere is ripe for these storms to produce very heavy rain, frequent lightning, large hail and damaging wind gusts.  The threat of an isolated tornado remains with us into the evening.  We’ve already had two confirmed tornadoes in Southern New England during the past two days, and the environment remains favorable for a quick twister to spin up.

We encourage you to remain weather aware through the day.  The good news is…the rest of the week looks delightful.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo