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Daylight on the Decline

September 23rd, 2014 at 11:58 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Welcome to Autumn!  It’s a great season here in New England, with vibrant colors, sweater (and boots) weather and all things pumpkin.  What’s not to love?!  Well, for many, the shorter days that come with fall.  With the Autumnal Equinox, we mark the time where the sun’s direct rays cross the equator and head into the Southern Hemisphere.  It’s easy to notice with each passing day that the sunrises are getting later and the sunsets earlier.  In fact, we are losing about 3 minutes of daylight each day…. and those minutes quickly add up.

While equinox means “equal night”… that’s not exactly the case as we still have slightly more than 12 hours of daylight the first few days of Autumn.  Enjoy it, because by Saturday our nights will exceed our days for the first time since the start of spring.  And from there, we await the shortest day of the year…. December 21 when we only see the sun for a mere 9 hours and 13 minutes.  The sunset on  that day will be at 4:20pm.

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Along with the shorter days, inevitably comes the cooler temperatures due to the longer nights and weaker, indirect rays of the sun.  Our average high temperature drops from 72° today, to 58° on November 1 and 41° by December 21.

 


Autumn Officially Arrives Monday

September 21st, 2014 at 8:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The leaves are beginning to change color and the temperatures are getting cooler….autumn is upon us.   Autumn will officially be here at 10:29pm Monday evening — the time of the Autumnal Equinox.

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What is an equinox exactly? Equinox comes from a Latin word, aequus, which means equal — equal days and equal nights.   Astronomically, it’s the tilt of the Earth that causes the solstices and equinoxes.  The Earth is always tilted about its axis.  At a summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun.  In winter solstice, the Southern Hemisphere gets the sun’s more direct rays.  At the time of an equinox, however, the sun’s direct rays fall on the equator.  This year that exact time is 10:39pm.

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Big Waves and Rip Currents Expected Monday

September 21st, 2014 at 8:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A fairly potent ocean storm passing to our south and east is creating some big waves.  These waves will have a big impact on our coastline on Monday.  This system is passing closer than Bertha, Cristobal and Edouard did this summer.  While the system is weaker, its proximity to Southern New England will create larger and more frequent waves.

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This low is non-tropical, but it has a fairly deep central pressure of 997mb and winds of 25-30mph with higher gusts. These winds are creating the big waves which will impact Southern New England’s coastline on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Monday 8am-5pm.

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CVS Downtown 5K and Patriots Futurecast: Showers

September 20th, 2014 at 11:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Moisture was working its way up the coastline Saturday evening and it’ll  be here in Southern New England on Sunday.  Expect some showers in the area, but we are not expecting a washout.  The bulk of the rain should remain offshore.  That moisture is associated with an area of low pressure that developed off the Carolina coast on Saturday.

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We expect the showers to develop in Southern New England before dawn on Sunday.   These showers will be mostly around during the morning on Sunday and they should be fairly scattered in nature.

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Watching a Low Center off the Carolina Coast

September 20th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are watching an area of low pressure off the Carolina coastline very closely.  This steadily developed and strengthened through the day on Saturday.

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If this low were to sit off the coast another day or so, this system could become a tropical storm.  As of 10:15pm Saturday, the winds around the center were strengthening.  This is some weather information from a buoy just to the northeast of the center.

Courtesy: NOAA/National Data Buoy Center

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Cold Morning, Cold Tonight, Warmer Weekend

September 19th, 2014 at 11:24 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Brrrrr…..temperatures this morning were pretty cold (by September standards) throughout New England.  Here in Southern New England, temperatures were between 42 and 50 at sunrise…a little milder on the Cape and on the Islands.

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In Northern New England and Upstate New York, temperatures were winter-like…and it’s not even officially Fall yet! The low was 21° in Saranac Lake, NY!!

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Northern Lights Could Be Visible Friday Night

September 12th, 2014 at 11:44 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Some space weather forecasters are saying tonight could be the best opportunity for us to see the Northern Lights in over a year.   Forecasting this phenomenon is very difficult, but here’s how you may be able to see it tonight.

  • Wait until the sky gets dark
  • Get away from city lights
  • Look to the northern horizon
  • Be patient, check back through the night

The science behind the Aurora Borealis

Two powerful solar flares erupted from the sun on both Monday and Wednesday this week.  Material from these eruptions was thrown through space and toward Earth.  Material released from a solar flare is called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).   That material is a plasma consisting of electrons and protons and sometimes helium and oxygen.

Here’s a movie of the X-Class solar flare on Wednesday from NASA:

 

The Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the large amounts of radiation from the sun; however there are times that power grids see fluctuations or damage.  Communication satellites could see disruptions and GPS units could briefly become unusable tonight.

A nice side-effect of these particles hitting the Earth is the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.  Space weather forecasters from NOAA said in their “Space Weather Watch” that auroras are potentially visible from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.  We are at the same latitude as those states, so it is quite possible we could see the Northern Lights tonight.

The Northern Lights occur when the particles from the sun follow the Earth’s magnetic poles and interact with the gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.  That interaction causes the gases to emit light.   The most common color is a pale green.  On some occasions, other colors are present.

From the first eruption from the sun on Monday, Northern Lights were reported from Northern Michigan to Alaska Thursday night.   So, the atmosphere is already energized, and the one-two punch on consecutive nights could create an Aurora visible from Southern New England.   The strength of the Aurora can be measured by a number called the Kp index.  To see the lights from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we typically need a Kp index of 7 to 8.   What makes Friday night/Saturday morning special is that some space weather forecasters are saying we could get a Kp index of 9!

 

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Birds Caught on Radar

September 12th, 2014 at 10:06 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This morning around sunrise, Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar detected a very large flock of birds over Connecticut.

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Tropical Storm Edouard Latest

September 12th, 2014 at 9:32 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Edouard continues his trek across the Deep Tropics.  As of 8am, Edouard was approximately 1130 miles to the west of the Cape Verde Islands.  It was moving pretty quickly, too, at about 15mph, heading westward.

Currently, the tropical storm is battling some upper-level winds and dry air, but a slow strengthening is expected during the next several days…possibly intensifying into a hurricane over the weekend.

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Minor Earthquake in RI Monday Evening

September 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 9:58pm Monday evening, there was a minor earthquake just off the west coast of Portsmouth…between Portsmouth and Prudence Island.  The epicenter was right near Portsmouth Abbey.

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It was a magnitude 1.5 earthquake.  Typically, humans don’t feel earthquakes below magnitude 2.0, but a minor earthquake near New Bedford earlier this year was felt by many people.  That one was very shallow.  The earthquake Monday evening was about 7miles deep, and it’s doubtful anyone felt this tremor.   There were no reports of damage.

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Dry Skies for Primary Day Voters

September 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Candidates will have Mother Nature in their corner this Primary Day, with pleasant weather conditions for getting voters to the polls.

Polling places will open at 7am under a mix of clouds and milky sun with temperatures climbing from the 50s into the 60s.  The day in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will remain mostly dry, with fairly low humidity and temperatures in the 70s in the afternoon.  It will be slightly cooler than normal for the 2nd week of September.

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High pressure will stay to our north as an area of low pressure moves from the North Carolina coast into the waters well south of New England…. while some of the clouds from this disturbance will make their way into southern New England, the wet weather will not.  Rain stays suppressed to the south, leading to a dry walk/drive to polling places.  The exception to that may be an isolated sprinkle/light shower that could fall on Cape Cod or the Islands

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Tuesday Morning Surface Map Valid at 8am

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Tuesday Evening Surface Map Valid at 8pm

For more details on the Primary Elections check out our Campaign 2014 coverage here.


Cooler Temperatures Ahead

September 8th, 2014 at 12:19 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a very warm and humid couple of days here in Southern New England late last week, we are going into a relatively cool stretch of weather.  The average high temperature for the second week of September is between 74 and 76°F with average lows between 55 and 57°.   We’ll have a couple days when we could see temperatures get above normal, but in general, this will be a cooler than normal period.

The jet stream, a fast-moving river of air high above in the atmosphere will be dipping down across the United States this week.  The jet stream guides storm systems and batches of air around the world.

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Cold Front Almost in RI, Still Showers Through Midnight

September 6th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 8:30pm, a strong cold front was almost into Rhode Island.  It’ll be passing through Southern New England by midnight.  With the front comes a continued chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Some downpours and possibly some thunder have developed just north of Providence…from North Providence into Pawtucket and Central Falls out to Mansfield.  These storms were moving east-northeast.  While the storms are bringing heavy rain to the communities in their path, they only have a slight chance of becoming severe.

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Once this front passes, there will still be the chance for additional showers, but they will likely not be severe.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


5pm Radar Update

September 6th, 2014 at 5:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 5pm Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar was detecting a couple of decent-sized thunderstorms moving through eastern Connecticut.  These storms have been producing frequent lightning and torrential rain.  As of 5pm, I have not seen or (believe to be) any wind damage from these two cells.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 9pm

September 6th, 2014 at 3:16 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Southern New England, except for the Cape and Islands.  A Watch means that there is the potential for severe storms in our area — the atmospheric conditions are favorable and becoming more favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.

 

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  • torrential, flooding rains
  • damaging wind gusts
  • frequent lightning
  • hail
  • isolated tornado

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Strong/Severe Thunderstorms Possible Saturday

September 5th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The air will be  stickier today as southwesterly winds transport higher humidity into the region.  The dew point temperatures (measure of amount of moisture in the air) will spike on Saturday in the low 70s.

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In addition, we will have a cold front moving through New England Saturday afternoon.  This front will serve as a ‘spark’ for the development of showers and thunderstorms.  The atmospheric ingredients are coming together for some of those storms to be strong to severe.

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Solomon outspending Elorza 2-to-1 in Providence mayor’s race

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 am by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – City Council President Michael Solomon has spent twice as much on his campaign for Providence mayor as opponent Jorge Elorza since the start of the year, as the two Democrats race toward the finish line of the Sept. 9 primary.

Solomon has reported spending $657,169 since the beginning of 2014, while Elorza has spent $293,249, according to a WPRI.com review of campaign filings with the Rhode Island Board of Elections. A third Democrat, Brett Smiley, spent $403,832 before bowing out of the race to endorse Elorza last month.

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2014 Summer in Review

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

With the start of September, meteorological summer in North America has come to an end and autumn has begun.  Looking back on the summer of 2014, it will likely be remembered as one without extreme heat and humidity and without a lot of rainy days…. and for the most part, that’s what our data shows.  At TF Green Airport, where our records for Rhode Island are kept temperatures from June 1 through August 31 were 0.5° cooler than normal with 1.88″ less rainfall than normal.  Here’s a breakdown of the data:

PROVIDENCE …PERIOD OF RECORD: 1905 TO PRESENT…

AVG HIGH                      AVG LOW                AVG MEAN                PCPN

  ——–                              ——-                            ——–                      —- —- ——-

JUN:                   78.2                               57.3                              67.8                        2.36

 +0.7                                -1.1                                -0.2                          -1.28

 

JUL:                   82.9                              65.4                               74.2                           3.59

 +0.1                             +1.2                                 +0.7                         +0.30

 

AUG:                   80.4                           60.6                               70.5                              2.70

 -1.0                             -2.6                                  -1.8                               -0.90

 

SEASONAL SUMMARY —————-

SUMMER:           80.5                       61.1                                      70.8                            8.65

  -0.1                        -0.9                                     -0.5                                -1.88

RECORDS ——-

7/04…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…2.68…PREVIOUSLY 1.65 IN 1978

08/13…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…2.26…PREVIOUSLY 1.28 IN 1958

 

As for meteorological autumn…. it’s certainly starting off warm–with the first week of September looking and feeling more like July, temperatures will be will above average.  And the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting both the month of September and Autumn as a whole to be warmer than average in the east.  So keep those pools open…. at least for now :)

September Temperature Probability

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Sept, Oct, Nov Temperature Probability

3-month Temp Outlook for Sept, Oct, Nov


Tornado in Worcester Sunday Evening

September 1st, 2014 at 12:03 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

UPDATE:  The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down in Worcester.  Officials found mostly tree damage and estimated the winds to be 85mph.

Here’s the initial blog post:
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Between 8 and 8:30pm Sunday evening, what is believed to be a tornado moved through the city of Worcester, MA.  Judging by the damage being reported late Sunday evening, it was no where near as strong as the F4 that moved through Worcester in 1953, killing dozens of people.  This one was much weaker, but still caused some significant damage in the city.

Here’s the Doppler Radar image around that time.

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Notice the hook’ish look to this thunderstorm cell.  This shape to the thunderstorm is a classic signature of a supercell thunderstorm.  It’s a result of rain and hail (and sometimes debris) being wrapped around the storm.  Just because there’s a hook’ish look to the radar, that doesn’t mean there’s a tornado.

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Flood Advisory

August 31st, 2014 at 10:11 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Flood Advisory for parts of area until midnight.

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From the National Weather Service:

AT 956 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF HEAVY SHOWERS
  AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND. RADAR INDICATED
  THAT 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS THIS AREA AND
  AN ADDITIONAL INCH WILL LIKELY CAUSE MINOR URBAN AND SMALL STREAM
  FLOODING. OVERFLOWING POOR DRAINAGE AREAS WILL RESULT IN MINOR
  FLOODING IN THE ADVISORY AREA. THE AREA WAS MOVING TO THE EAST AT
  25 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE
  DARTMOUTH...SOUTH KINGSTOWN...NORTH KINGSTOWN...NEWPORT...
  WESTERLY...PORTSMOUTH...MIDDLETOWN...FAIRHAVEN...NARRAGANSETT...
  TIVERTON...WESTPORT...HOPKINTON...CHARLESTOWN...RICHMOND...
  EXETER...JAMESTOWN...LITTLE COMPTON AND GOSNOLD.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Downpours Continue to Move Through Our Area

August 31st, 2014 at 9:37 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 

Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar continues to show numerous downpours moving through the region.  We’re not seeing much lightning, but some rumbles of thunder are possible through midnight.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Sunday Evening Radar Update

August 31st, 2014 at 8:10 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While some rain and isolated downpours were moving through Rhode Island around 8pm, another line of heavy rain was racing across Connecticut.   This area of rain will likely weaken a bit, but light to at least moderate rain is likely through 9pm in central and northern RI from this batch of rain.

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Also note there were some heavy downpours moving along the southeast coast of Connecticut at 8:07pm.  This will likely move across South County through 9pm.   These downpours could cause some brief street flooding.  Remember, NEVER cross a flooded roadway.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Sunday Evening Rain/Thunder

August 31st, 2014 at 7:20 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar was tracking some showers and thunderstorms moving through eastern CT and central Massachusetts around 7pm.  They were moving to the northeast between 30 and 40mph.   These storms have been producing some hail and possibly strong wind gusts.

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There has been frequent lightning with these storms as well.

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As this area of storminess works eastward, they individual storms will likely weaken as they work into Rhode Island.  Still, some heavy downpours and lightning are possible.  Some localized street flooding is possible as well.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Shower/T’storm Risk Today

August 31st, 2014 at 8:31 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Most of today will be dry, but there is the chance for an isolated shower or t’storm late this afternoon areas north and west of Providence. Daily-Graphic-2_650x366 Further north and west of RI, we are expecting some strong thunderstorms to develop and move eastward. The Storm Prediction Center (one of the many offices of the National Weather Service) has indicated that areas north and west of RI have an elevated risk of severe thunderstorms (area in yellow below).   Furthermore, that area could be seeing damaging winds, and there’s a slight risk of a tornado there. risk (more…)


Dry Sat/Sun, Showers Possible Monday

August 30th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ll get a beautiful day today as high pressure controls our weather  in the low and mid-levels of the atmosphere.

 

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Southwesterly winds will strengthen this evening and overnight, and the humidity will rise.  Sunday will be stickier than today and Labor Day will be even more so.

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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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Swells from Cristobal Have Arrived, High Surf Continues

August 28th, 2014 at 9:07 am by under General Talk

High Surf Advisory continues along our ocean facing beaches today as swells from Hurricane Cristobal have now reached our coastline.  We’ve been watching the surf building through the night and beach surf could reach 6-12ft today, leading to potentially strong and dangerous rip currents.  There were reports of dozens of water rescues yesterday at area beaches and conditions will be worse today, so be extra cautious if heading to the beach. temp 2

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Hurricane Cristobal is making it’s closest pass today, staying about 300miles south and east of Nantucket, so the only effects felt from the storm are in our waters.  The seas will stay unsettled into Friday with the high surf advisory through at least noon.  There could still be a moderate risk for rip currents into the start of the holiday weekend.


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 to Bring High Surf, Dangerous Rip Currents

August 27th, 2014 at 7:36 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Hurricane Cristobal is continuing on a track that will keep it well off-shore of southern New England with no threat of a landfall. temp 1 However, it is leading to higher surf and an increased risk for rip currents at our beaches over the next few days.  Already today, ocean facing beaches in RI and southeastern MA have a moderate risk for rip currents so be cautious if you are beach bound and plan on swimming.

By this evening, surf will build to as high as 6-9ft and there will be a high risk for rip currents.  In fact, our coastline is now under a “High Surf Advisory” from 8pm this evening through 8pm Thursday.   temp 2

Seas will begin to diminish by Friday and the Labor day weekend as Cristobal moves further away from the area.


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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