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Landscape Starting To Change…Why Leaves Change Color

September 29th, 2014 at 6:55 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca

What make the leaves change color? They really don’t change color but rather reveal colors that are already there, hidden within deep pigments of green….As the green pigments disappears, other “hidden” colors show up. Plants absorb water from the ground through their roots. They also take in carbon dioxide from the air, while using sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into glucose. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as “food” for energy to help them grow. The process of plants turning water and carbon dioxide into sugar is called photosynthesis. A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.

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Click HERE for current foliage color across New England this week

So….how do we get rid of the green colors?? That’s where the change of seasons comes in. As summer ends the days get shorter with less sunlight. During the winter, frozen soil means less water getting to the roots. As a result photosynthesis shuts down….green colors fade, revealing pigments of yellow and orange. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves to turn this glucose into a red color.

Our weather team will keep you updated…check back with us on wpri.com for more info.

Tony Petrarca


Hurricane Edouard Weakens, But Still Strong In Central Atlantic

September 16th, 2014 at 7:01 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

AFTER REACHING 115 MPH EDOUARD BEGINS TO WEAKEN…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST
LOCATION…32.3N   57.5W
ABOUT 425 MI…685 KM EAST OF BERMUDA

ABOUT 1670 MI…2685 KM W OF FAYAL ISLAND IN THE WESTERN AZORES

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH

PRESENT MOVEMENT…NORTH AT 15 MPH

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…958 MB

 

 

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Tropical Storm Edouard Forms In Far Open Atlantic

September 11th, 2014 at 10:48 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD FORMS IN THE FAR EASTERN ATLANTIC…
FORECAST TO REMAIN OUT TO SEA  AND NO THREAT TO U.S. MAINLAND

SUMMARY OF 1000 PM

LOCATION…17.3N 39.4W
ABOUT 1020 MI…1645 KM W OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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SATELLITE DATA INDICATE THAT TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX HAS
INTENSIFIED AND IS NOW TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD…THE FIFTH
NAMED TROPICAL STORM OF THE CURRRENT ATLANTIC HURRICANE
SEASON. AT 1100 PM THE CENTER OF EDOUARD WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 39.4 WEST.

EDOUARD IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH….AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

THE FORECAST TRACK KEEPS EDOUARD OVER THE OPEN WATERS OF THE NORTH
CENTRAL ATLANTIC.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM
PRIMARILY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.

 

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Tropical Storm Dolly Headed For Mexico.

September 2nd, 2014 at 6:53 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…

The 4th storm of the hurricane is a weak tropical storm…no threat to US mainland.

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DOLLY EXPECTED TO MOVE ONSHORE TONIGHT

 LOCATION…22.0N 97.0W ABOUT 60 MI…95 KM ESE OF TAMPICO MEXICO ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM SSE OF LA PESCA MEXICO.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…West  AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB

  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * CABO ROJO TO BARRA EL MEZQUITAL MEXICO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK….AT 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE 97.0 WEST. DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER WILL CROSS THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA THIS EVENING OR OVERNIGHT…AND CONTINUE MOVING INLAND OVER NORTHEASTERN MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST BEFORE LANDFALL. WEAKENING WILL OCCUR AFTER DOLLY MOVES INLAND…AND THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE BY THURSDAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES…220 KM FROM THE CENTER.


Nice Weather On Land….Ocean Waters Remain Rough

August 28th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

…HURRICANE CRISTOBAL WILL BRING DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS TO SOUTH FACING OCEAN BEACHES OF RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH FRIDAY

HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. ALSO VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER.

LARGE WAVES CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. 

A RIP CURRENT…SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW…IS A STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER AND EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT. IF YOU ARE A POOR SWIMMER AND ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…SWIM PARALLEL TO THE BEACH UNTIL OUT OF ITS PULL.

ANOTHER MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD SWIMMERS IS TO RIDE THE CURRENT OUT BEYOND THE SURF ZONE WHERE THE RIP CURRENT DISSIPATES…THEN SWIM TOWARD SHORE OUTSIDE THE EFFECT OF THE NARROW RIP CURRENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE DIRECTLY AGAINST THE CURRENT…IT CAN EXHAUST AND DROWN EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER

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High Surf And Dangerous Rip Currents At Beaches

August 27th, 2014 at 6:36 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief  Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Hurricane Cristobal will pass well south and east of our area next 24 hours, however indirect impacts will be felt on the coastal waters with dangerous rip currents and powerful surf at area beaches

 

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…HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM EDT THURSDAY… *

LOCATION…SOUTH COAST OF RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING NANTUCKET…MARTHAS VINEYARD AND BLOCK ISLAND.

* SURF HEIGHT…6 TO 12 FEET. * TIMING…FROM 8 PM TONIGHT TO 8 PM THURSDAY NIGHT.

THIS MAY HAVE TO BE EXTENDED INTO FRIDAY. *

IMPACTS…HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. ALSO VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER. LARGE WAVES CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. FALLING INTO THE TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN RESULT IN INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

A RIP CURRENT…SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW…IS A STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER AND EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT. IF YOU ARE A POOR SWIMMER AND ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…SWIM PARALLEL TO THE BEACH UNTIL OUT OF ITS PULL.

ANOTHER MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD SWIMMERS IS TO RIDE THE CURRENT OUT BEYOND THE SURF ZONE WHERE THE RIP CURRENT DISSIPATES…THEN SWIM TOWARD SHORE OUTSIDE THE EFFECT OF THE NARROW RIP CURRENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE DIRECTLY AGAINST THE CURRENT…IT CAN EXHAUST AND DROWN EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER. HEED THE ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL AND SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES. WATCH YOUR CHILDREN. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS NEAR PIERS AND JETTIES WHERE RIP CURRENTS CAN BE ENHANCED


Cristobal Now A Hurricane: Winds: 75 mph

August 25th, 2014 at 10:34 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

 

CRISTOBAL STRENGTHENING WHILE SLOWLY MEANDERING…

SUMMARY AS OF 8PM

 LOCATION…25.0N 72.0W

ABOUT 665 MI…1075 KM SW OF BERMUDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…E OR 100 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…990 MB…29.23

 WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR… * BERMUDA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK  AT 800 PM EDT.

THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 25.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE 72.0 WEST. CRISTOBAL HAS BEEN MEANDERING IN A GENERALLY EASTWARD DIRECTION OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS…BUT A SLOW NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO RESUME OVERNIGHT. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS FORECAST TO OCCUR ON TUESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF CRISTOBAL WILL MOVE AWAY FROM THE BAHAMAS THROUGH TUESDAY…AND PASS TO THE WEST AND NORTH OF BERMUDA ON WEDNESDAY. REPORTS FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH…110 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO…AND CRISTOBAL IS LIKELY TO BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TONIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY. TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205 MILES… 335 KM…PRIMARILY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

Forecast Track For Cristobal

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Periods Of Heavy Rain, Thunder Wednesday

August 12th, 2014 at 7:23 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….

High resolution satellite photo from this evening shows storm over Great Lakes with a secondary storm forming off the Mid Atlantic coast. Both will play a part in our weather for Wednesday….

Wednesday Outlook:

. Heavy Rain: Confidence High

. Minor Coastal Flooding: Confidence High, but does not look to be major

. Thunderstorms: Confidence High

. “Severe” Thunderstorms/Damaging WindConfidence Low to Moderate (stay tuned for updates regarding this)

 

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Stormy Weather Late Tuesday Night Into Wednesday

August 11th, 2014 at 4:30 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good afternoon from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…our weather  dept continues to monitior the potential for severe weather late Tuesday Night into Wednesday…the following items we continue to track along the National Weather Service In Taunton Mass…

       Heavy Rain/Flooding Potential:

  • Flash Flood Watch for late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. The watch includes the following areas:
  •      Cheshire County in southwest New Hampshire
  •      Western and central Massachusetts
  •      Northern Connecticut
  •      Northwest Rhode Island
  • Bands of heavy rainfall with some embedded thunderstorms may cause localized urban/poor drainage flash flooding as well as a risk of flash flooding along a few small streams.
  • In coastal areas, any urban flooding may be exacerbated during high tide, which may inhibit drainage.  High tides in association with the “super moon” will be astronomically high during Wednesday.
  • Widespread river flooding is not expected.  Main stem river flows are quite low going into this event.
  • Potential  widespread 1 to 3 inches of rainfall across southern New England Tuesday night into Wednesday with pockets of 3 to 5 inches possible.

        Severe Weather:

  • Localized strong gusty winds are possible especially during the daylight hours Wednesday.
  • A brief tornado is also possible. This is a low probability event, but the expected weather pattern on Wednesday is a type that could produce a short track tornado.  Timing on any such occurrence during the day remains uncertain, with low confidence at this time of any one area more at risk than another. 

         Coastal Flooding:

  • The combination of high spring tides and fairly significant onshore winds may result in pockets of minor coastal flooding around the times of high tide on Wednesday.
  • Highest risk for any coastal flooding along the south coast will be around the time of the Wednesday mid morning high tide. 

             Highest risk for any coastal flooding along the east coast will be around the time of the Wednesday afternoon high tide…….

           ……”National Weather Service  Taunton, Mass.


Bertha Expected To Weaken Tuesday. Still A Hurricane As Of 11pm

August 4th, 2014 at 10:54 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…..

As o f1pm , Bertha is barely hanging on to hurricane status, and is expected to weaken on Tuesday. Forecast has not changes with the center passing well south and east of New England Tuesday Night into Wednesday morning. Rain and wind will  not impact US mainland, howevedr increasing surf and rip currents likely later Tuesdaty Night into Wednesday

LOCATION…31.3N 73.1W
ABOUT 490 MI…790 KM W OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

AT 1100 PM..THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 73.1 WEST. BERTHA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 20 MPH…31 KM/H. A TURN
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH INCREASING FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…BERTHA WILL
PASS ABOUT MIDWAY BETWEEN THE U.S. EAST COAST AND BERMUDA ON
TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH…120 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS…OVER A SMALL AREA NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER.  GRADUAL
WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES…35 KM…FROM
THE CENTER.  TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 125
MILES…205 KM…PRIMARILY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

Latest Satellite Image Shows Poor Structure To The Storm

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Latest Storm Position As Of 11pm Monday

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Latest Forecast Track Keeps Tropical Storm Force Winds Well Offshore Of New England

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Hurricane Bertha Disorganized, Winds At 75 mph

August 4th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

Bertha is a disorganzied hurricane at this time with winds of 75 mph. The forecast confidence is high that the storm will pass out to sea this week and not have a rain or wind impact  here. Howevever  surf and rip currents will increase along our beaches by mid week.

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LOCATION…29.4N 73.6W
ABOUT 560 MI…900 KM WSW OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 18 MPH…30 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

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AT 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 73.6 WEST.  BERTHA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 18 MPH…30 KM/H…AND A GRADUAL TURN
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH INCREASING FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER
THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…BERTHA WILL PASS ABOUT
MIDWAY BETWEEN THE U.S. EAST COAST AND BERMUDA ON TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH…120
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS…OVER A SMALL AREA NORTHEAST OF THE
CENTER.  GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES…35 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
MILES…220 KM…MAINLY TO THE NORTHEAST AND EAST OF THE CENTER.

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Bertha Forecast Track Takes Storm Well South and East Of New England


Tropical Storm Bertha Update

August 1st, 2014 at 7:00 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from Chief Meteorologist Tony R Petrarca….

CENTER OF BERTHA PASSING NEAR THE NORTHERN END OF MARTINIQUE…
TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND THE
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS…

AS OF 5PM
LOCATION…14.9N 61.2W
ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM NW OF FORT DE FRANCE MARTINIQUE
ABOUT 405 MI…650 KM SE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 24 MPH…39 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR
THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…INCLUDING THE ACKLINS…CROOKED ISLAND…
LONG CAY…THE INAGUAS…MAYAGUANA…AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS…AS
WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* DOMINICA
* MARTINIQUE
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES
* CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* THE EASTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM CABO FRANCES VIEJO TO
ISLA SAONA
* THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…INCLUDING THE ACKLINS…CROOKED
ISLAND…LONG CAY…THE INAGUAS…MAYAGUANA…AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS
* THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

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New Tropical Storm Bertha Forms In The Atlantic

July 31st, 2014 at 11:16 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

TROPICAL STORM BERTHA DEVELOPS EAST OF THE SOUTHERN LESSER
ANTILLES…
TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS AND WATCHES ISSUED…

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM
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LOCATION…12.3N 55.5W
ABOUT 275 MI…445 KM ESE OF BARBADOS
ABOUT 385 MI…620 KM ESE OF ST. LUCIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
THE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF BARBADOS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM
WARNING FOR BARBADOS AND DOMINICA.

THE GOVERNMENT OF ST. LUCIA HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR
ST. LUCIA.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR PUERTO RICO…VIEQUES…
CULEBRA…AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.

THE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF BARBADOS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM
WATCH FOR ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING COULD BE REQUIRED FOR MARTINIQUE FRIDAY
MORNING.

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Watching The Tropics….

July 29th, 2014 at 7:03 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief  meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

National Hurricane Center and the Pinpoint Weather Team watching a clusters of thunderstorms in the eastern Atlantic for possible tropical storm development….

Satellite images indicate that showers and thunderstorms associated
with an area of low pressure located about 1450 miles east of the
southern Windward Islands are currently limited.  This system
remains well organized, however, and it could develop into a
tropical depression later today or tomorrow while it moves westward
or west-northwestward near 15 mph.
     * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
     * Formation chance through 5 days…high…80 percent.

 

 

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8PM For “Parts” Of New England

July 28th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

Strong to severe thunderstorms are developing over western Massachusetts and Connecticut. A few of these may impact areas from Providence points north and west thru 8pm. Storms looked to be localized so not all areas will see one. Some have potential to produce damaging winds and hail. Stay tuned for updates starting live at 5pm on channel 12 Eyewitness News.  We will have a live report from Revere, Massachusetts where a tornado touched down this morning with widespread damage.

 

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Sunday Weather Concerns….

July 17th, 2014 at 11:06 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…

Still some uncertainty with Sunday’s Forecast. We continue to see indications of an offshore storm passing south of our area.  Our forecast so far has been for dry weather but with extra clouds. Some new model data has been trending the rain closer to us. We will wait for more data  overnight, but should this trend continue, we will need to lean more towards a wetter Sunday….stay tuned for updates 

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Latest Radar Update…Heaviest Rain Moving Out.

July 16th, 2014 at 6:42 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

Latest radar continues to show heaviest rain and thunder offshore and moving away. Flash flood watch is canceled in Rhode Island….it will expire in southeast Massachusetts at 8pm…Despite teh heaviest rain moving away..there is still the chance of a few showers this evening….major improvements start Thursday

 

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Flood Watch Canceled For Rhode Island, Continues For S.E. Massachusetts

July 16th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 Good Afternoon From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Based on latest radar trends, flood watch has been canceled for Rhode Island…continues for Southeast Mass for few more hours

 

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2PM Radar Update…

July 16th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Still tracking rain offshore that continues to move into our area…but the heaviest of rain is still aimed towards southeastern Massachusetts from roughly Newport to New Bedford where flooding was occuring earlier. Still looks like the bulk of  the rain will move away by this evening as drier, less humid air arrives Tonight.  Still the chance of brief flash flooding, but “isolated “…..not all areas will see street flooding. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News startingf at 5pm….we will show you some of Today’s minor to moderate flooding along with lightning damage which knocked down some large trees……Tony Petrarca

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Evening Update. Radar Shows Storms Close To Arriving

July 15th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening  From Chief Meteorologist Tony R Petrarca….

 Latest radar as of 935 pm shows areal coverage of heavy rain and thunder expanding across  Long Island and just offshore. This heavier rain and thunder will move in after 11pm and continue thru the overnight and into Wednesday. Some localized flash flooding of streets is expected at times Tonight thru the Wednesday morning commute…my updated forecast Tonight on channel 12 Eyewitness Newsat 11pm

 

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Highest Risk For Severe Storms “Western” New England

July 15th, 2014 at 2:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

As of 2:30pm, most of our area as been void of any strong to severe thunderstorms.  The highest risk still looks like central and western Massachusetts and Connecticut.  However a strong thunderstorm(s) cant be ruled out for rest of our area this evening  thru Wednesday, so stay tuned to future forecasts, tweets and blogs. Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in anticipation of heavier downpours tonight into Wednesday .

Tony Petrarca

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Thunderstorms Likely…”Some” Could Be Strong To Severe.

July 14th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

The weather patern next 48 hours will favor heavy showers and thunderstorms  “at times” . Some storm will be strong to severe Tonight into Tuesday. The best chance for storms reaching severe limits on Tuesday will be in western Massachusetts and western Connecticutt.  Map below shows the Tuesday risk area in yellow. Even though it does not include Rhode Island at this time, it is close enough that it bears watching.  Thunderstorms  in the yellow risk area have a slight chance of producing an isolated Tornado…again does not include our viewing area..BUT …it should be  monitored.  A few strong thunderstorms later this evening, with another chance by  “late” Tuesday afternoon and evening.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS:  Now thru Wednesday Afternoon: 2 to 4 inches

WINDS:  Strong Gusts In Any Severe Thunderstorms.

FLOODING:  Potential For “Localized” Poor Drainage Street Flooding

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH GOES INTO EFFECT AT 8PM TONIGHT

July 14th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by under General Talk, On the Main Site, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND.

* FROM 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

* MULTIPLE WAVES OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE ACROSS
  SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE FIRST WILL
  OCCUR THIS EVENING WITH ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY TUESDAY INTO
  WEDNESDAY. WHILE LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AT
  ANYTIME…THE GREATEST RISK APPEARS TO BE LATE TUESDAY INTO
  WEDNESDAY. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL SHOULD RANGE BETWEEN 2 AND 4
  INCHES…BUT LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE.

* FLASH FLOODING IS THE PRIMARY CONCERN…BUT SOME SMALL STREAM
  FLOODING MAY OCCUR AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

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Active Weather Pattern This Week With Strong Thunderstorms

July 13th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

A number of weather parameters will come together over the next 2-3 days to produce showers and thunderstorms. Some of these have the potential to be strong to severe. The combination of high humidity, a slow moving cold front and unusually strong winds in the upper levels (30, 000 feeet, jet stream level) of the atmosphere will come into play to produce the stormy weather “at times“. There are still timing and location uncertainties for each day…but confidence is high that each day, Monday thru Wednesday, there will be the risk of storms… Meanwhile, for this evening, strong thunderstorms just south of the Mass Pike, are expected to weaken as they approach after 1opm. Stay tuned to further forecasts.

 

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Storm Potential Early Next Week….

July 11th, 2014 at 11:51 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist  Tony Petrarca

While it is still several days down the road, our computer guidance data continues to indicate the “potential”  for severe thunderstorms from Update New York into New England next Tuesday afternoon and evening. However, many “atmosheric parameters” need to come together for this to happen…bottom line, stay tuned.  This is still 3-4 days out which means it is to early to talk specifics….but our weather team just wanted to give you an early head up on this “potential”  Meanwhile this weekend looks beautiful so enjoy. Pete Mangione will have updates this weekend and I will be back on air Sunday Night with more information.

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Unsettled Weather Early Next Week…

July 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

A significant shift south of the storm track (jet stream) will bring much cooler weather to the eastern half of the county, especially the Midwest. However, here in in New England, the medium range outlook (6-10days) will feature seasonably warm air, but no major heat.

The major shift in the jet stream for early next week (Monday Tuesday) will bring a higher risk of showers and thunderstorms for our area. The map below represents temperature anomolies. The darkest blue color  depicts where cooler air will be. Meanwhile hot dry air will build in the west.

 

 

 

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Rainstorm Moves Out…Hints Of Spring Returns.

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….

After 3 to 6 inches of soaking rains the last 3 days,  this storm will be moving out Tonight. Rivers and streams continue to be swollen with minor flooding. The only river with moderate flooding this evening is the Pawcatuck river in Westerly. Water levels will drop slowly next 24 hours. Drier air Tonight with much improved weather Tuesday.

A look back at the flooding this weekend….the “physical state” of the ground played some part in the flooding. The “sub-soil” is still semi-frozen (hard packed ground). The soil is not soft and porous like it is in late Spring and Summer. Bottom line, the soil has a difficult time absorbing the rain….net results are standing water and more runoff. Unfortunately some baseball fields are still soggy. However, drier air next several days will help out….next chance of rain arrives Friday Night into Saturday morning…..Tony Petrarca

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Storm Will Bring Rain For Most Of Weekend….

March 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…

Most of weekend looks wet, however it will stay dry most of Saturday morning. A developing storm this evening  over Texas will tap into some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. That storm will track towards our area Saturday evening and into Sunday and Monday.  Storm will be off the Mid Atlantic coast Saturday Night bringing heavier rain to Southern New England . Our RPM computer model (below) is hinting at 2 to 3″ of rain with isolated  4 inch amounts possible.

Storm Position Saturday Night

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Rain Amounts From RPM Model….Rain Totals By Sunday 6PM

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Snow And Wind Late Tonight, Wednesday Morning…

March 25th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Eevning from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…here is the latest  developing Nor’easter offshore…

>It still  looks like most of our area (except Cape and Islands) will miss the brunt of this storm.

> Still some snow and strong wind however after midnight thru Wednesday morning

> Stong winds, gusting 40-50 mph for Rhode Island….50-70 mph for Cape and Island

> Morning commute will be slow

> Drier weather moves in by Wednesday Afternoon

Updated Accumulation Forecast

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Latest Wind Advisories and Warnings

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Winter Storm Tue. Night Into Wednesday Morning

March 24th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….

Here is the latest thinking….of all the Winter storms this season, we are most cautious with this next one….why?

The storm is expected to be very intense with the the worst of the snow and damaging wind confined to Cape Cod and Islands and just offshore. However a slight shift in storm track closer to coast would bring more of a significant impact from New Bedford to Providence….bottom line…stay tuned. Below is our snowfall forecast by Wednesday Noon. Notice the 6 to 10 inch forecast for the Cape is only 50 to 70 miles away from Rhode Island.  Any shifts in the storm track further west will make a big difference.

Tony Petrarca…..live updates on Fox Providence at 10pm and Channel 12 Eyewitness News at 11pm

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