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Rain and Wind For Holiday Travels

December 22nd, 2014 at 1:22 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

How does waking up to temperatures near 60° sound on Christmas morning??  Unusual for southern New England–yes! In fact, we could even break some records.  But in addition to the warm temperatures, holiday travelers will have some weather headaches this Christmas, as two areas of low pressure affect southern New England through Christmas Morning.  Damp ocean air was already leading to low clouds and pockets of drizzle and showers this afternoon, with much more rain on the way.  There is no hope for a “white Christmas” from these systems, as they will bring unseasonably warm air into southern New England along with a soaking rain.  In fact, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center has southern New England picking up 2-3″ of rain over the next few days.

5 Day Rainfall Through Saturday Morning

5 Day Rainfall Through Saturday Morning

 

Showers will become more widespread as we head into this evening and tonight, with off and on rain and drizzle likely on Tuesday.  The first disturbance will approach southern New England late tonight and Tuesday with rainfall amounts through between 0.5″ and 1″, along with temperatures rising into the upper 40s to near 50.

The more potent storm will bring a widespread soaking and windswept rain Wednesday and Wednesday night.  This storm has the potential to bring 1-3″ of rain and strong southerly wind gusts 35-50mph.  Those southerly winds will push unusually warm air into southern New England, with temperatures in the upper 50s both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  In addition, the Wednesday evening astronomical high tide will combine with the winds to lead to minor splash over flooding at the coast and Narragansett/Buzzards Bays.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Periods of rain Tuesday through early Christmas Morning

Heaviest Wednesday and Wednesday Night

Strong southerly wind gusts 35-50mph

Minor coastal Flooding Wednesday evening

Models are showing the rainfall ending Christmas morning by about 9am with clearing skies and windy, mild temperatures in the afternoon.


Chances of a White Christmas

December 15th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but it’s not really looking a lot like Christmas.   Southeast New England still has bare ground.  Christmas is fast approaching and there are no snow storms expected this week.  However, our snow storm threat could begin to change next week.

WHAT HISTORY TELLS US

First, here’s a look at the climatological chances of Southern New England getting a White Christmas — a White Christmas being when there is one inch or more of snow on the ground.

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This is from data collected from 1981 to 2010.  More specifically, Providence has a 37% chance of seeing a White Christmas, while Burrillville has a 48% chance and Newport has a 25% chance of there being one inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning.

Here’s a look at some weather extremes for Christmas Day:

  • Snowiest:  2.8″ (1919)
  • Wettest:  1.68″ (1978)
  • Warmest:  63° (1964)
  • Coldest:  -10° (1980)

LOOKING AHEAD

This week (through Saturday) looks pretty uneventful…especially as far as snow goes.  However, a pattern shift will begin to unfold over the weekend.  A shift in the jet stream will signal better chances for snow the week of December 21st.   For the past couple weeks, the jet stream has been (mostly) flat — more west to east.   Beginning Sunday, the jet stream will be taking bigger dips through the eastern United States.

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Geminid Meteors Peak Saturday Night

December 13th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak tonight, and the weather looks like it will mostly cooperate — there may be some clouds to contend with (especially east of Providence).

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The Geminids can be seen through the night, but are best seen after 10PM until about 4AM (EST).   We may have to contend with a last quarter moon which will rise in the east at 11:19pm in Rhode Island, but Geminid Meteors are usually very bright.  All you have to do is look up!

Courtesy: NASA

Courtesy: NASA

Note, the sky probably won’t look like the picture above.  Instead, you’ll likely see one meteor every few minutes.  You may see as many as 50 per hour! The picture above is a “photographic stack” of pictures.  What’s interesting to note in the picture is that if you drew a line along the path of each meteor, they all go back to the same part of the sky — the constellation Gemini.

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Storm Stalls Over New England through Friday

December 10th, 2014 at 9:13 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The soaking rain and strong winds that made for a miserable day yesterday has moved out, but the storm system responsible for it is still hear.  While it has weakened significantly,  it has stalled over New England and won’t move away until later Friday and early Saturday.  That means our weather will remain unsettled, with damp and dreary conditions through the end of the work week.  Lots of drizzle, mist and scattered showers are expected through the day, with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s.  Rainfall totals should be less than .25″, so additional flooding is not expected. temp 1

Through the day, colder air will get drawn into the low pressure center, and by this evening and tonight both a mix of rain and snow showers are possible.  Temperatures overnight will fall to near freezing, so a few icy spots are possible by dawn.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

Thursday will feature another day with an abundance of clouds and a spotty rain or snow shower around.  By Friday, southern New England looks mainly dry, but still mainly cloudy.

Anxious to see sunshine?  Both Saturday and Sunday look storm free and partly sunny.


Storm Update

December 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 11am, we are seeing moderate to heavy rain across the region.  Radar estimates of rainfall rates are in the range of .10 to .50 inches per hour.

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Heavy, Flooding Rains Expected Today

December 9th, 2014 at 6:42 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While the morning’s commute featured icing issues, the evening’s commute could feature some lingering flooding issues.

We are expected to see some very heavy rain today.  We’ll see steady rain from 7am through 5pm, but the heaviest will be between 9am until about 4pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Southern New England.  This means that we are watching for the potential for flooding.  In this case, we could be seeing street and poor drainage flooding.  We’ll monitor the rivers and streams, but they should be able to handle this rain.  Once flooding seems imminent or occurring, the Watch will be changed to a Warning.

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Strong Wind Gusts Today

December 9th, 2014 at 5:30 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As an area of low pressure moves northward today, we will be seeing some periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts.  In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the wind gusts.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for coastal areas of Southern New England for strong wind gusts to 50mph from the east and northeast.

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Icy Morning Commute

December 9th, 2014 at 4:07 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As you can tell by our SkyCam in Providence, it’s a little icy out there this morning.

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For inland areas of Southern New England, this could be a tricky morning commute as freezing drizzle has created slick conditions in parts of our area.

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Another Rain and Wind Storm on the Way for Tuesday

December 8th, 2014 at 7:33 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Despite the very cold air greeting us on this Monday morning, we’re tracking a storm system for Tuesday that will bring a soaking rain and gusty winds to our area.  Most of southern New England is now under a FLOOD WATCH.  The coast is also under a HIGH WIND WATCH, for gusts up to 50mph leading to isolated power outages.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

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A storm will ride up the Mid-Atlantic coast, tracking over southern New England through the day.  It’s a set-up that will bring rain to most of southern New England… the exception will be the potential for heavy, wet snow in far western and northern MA.  While the heaviest rain will end Tuesday evening in RI and southeastern MA, the storm stalls over northern New England bringing additional lighter showers to our area through Wednesday and Thursday.temp 2

TIMING: 

6-9am: Steady rain moves in

10am-5pm:  Heaviest rain and strongest wind

7pm Tuesday through Wednesday: Lingering lighter rain showers

 

IMPACTS:

Localized street flooding in the afternoon and evening

Isolated wind damage and power outages near the coast.


Windy and Cold Sunday Ahead

December 6th, 2014 at 7:19 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A frontal system will be pushing through the Northeast tonight.  With it, we’ll see periods of rain, some of which could be heavy.  Expect rain to continue through the night, ending before dawn on Sunday.

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Orion: A Huge Leap in Space Travel

December 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 

After several delays and an eventual scrubbed launch on Thursday, the Orion Spacecraft was once again prepared for a launch on Friday morning. orion_1

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Done: 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

December 1st, 2014 at 10:46 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is done.  Complete. Fini!  Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.  As expected, this hurricane season had below average activity.

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There were eight storms given names, four storms below average.  Six of those storms formed into hurricanes (with winds of 74mph or greater)….the average is 6.4 hurricanes per season.  Of those six hurricanes, two became major hurricanes with winds of 111mph or greater.  The average is 2.7 major hurricanes per hurricane season.  In the list of names, we got to the ‘H’ storm, Hanna.

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New Month, New Season

December 1st, 2014 at 9:41 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Welcome to Meteorological Winter! November, 2014 is in the books and with the start of December comes the beginning of Meteorological Winter.   To make data more manageable, meteorologists break seasons up by months as opposed to astronomical alignments.   It will officially be winter on December 21st.

November was a cool, rainy and a little bit snowy month in Rhode Island.

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Rain Moves in this Morning, Storm Update

November 26th, 2014 at 7:38 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The overnight computer models have been leaning towards a storm track further west–this track, closer to the coast, is a “warmer” scenario for our area, meaning mostly a cold, windswept rain for RI and Southeastern MA.   Therefore, I’ve adjusted the accumulation amounts.  Areas north and west of Providence will have the rain mix with wet snow/sleet at times this afternoon. Later this evening/tonight rain will change to a period of snow across the rest of RI, but little to no accumulation expected for most of our area. temp 1

 

temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)The leading edge of rainfall from our coastal storm is moving into Rhode Island early this morning… with temperatures holding in the 40s through the night, it is warm enough that “just rain” will fall.  temp 3

The wind advisory area now includes southern RI and southern Bristol County in MA.  Areas south of Providence will see some wind gusts to 40-50mph this afternoon and early tonight.  Isolated power outages and isolated wind damage possible.  temp 3


Rain, Snow, Wind Makes Travel Difficult Wednesday

November 25th, 2014 at 8:53 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’re continuing to track the development of an east coast storm that will create difficult travel conditions from DC to New England on Wednesday and Wednesday night.  As is often the case with early season winter storms…. a variety of precipitation types are expected across Rhode Island and Southeastern MA, making the accumulation forecast challenging.

NEW TODAY: 

WINTER STORM WATCH has been expanded to include western Kent County, RI.  Watch means there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow.  Winter Storm Warning now for western MA, NW CT.  temp 1

HIGH WIND WATCH issued for Block Island and the eastern MA coast, including the Cape and Islands.  Northerly winds late Wednesday afternoon into early Wednesday night could gusts to 60mph. Isolated wind damage and power outages are possible. temp 1

TIMING THE STORM

8am: Rain Overspreading the Area

2PM-10PM  Height of the storm–Heavy Rain/Wet Snow, Strong north-northeast winds

Overnight:  Storm moves out… snow tapers off to a few lingering flurries/sprinkles by morning.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

WED. MORNING:  OK–rain moves in and quickly turns steady.  Roadways are “wet”, temperatures in the upper 30s.

WED. AFTERNOON:  Iffy—Rain/snow mix—rain near the coast.  Snowfall could be turning heavy, mainly for northwest RI where snow will start to accumulate by late afternoon.  Near the coast, heavy rain and gusty winds will continue

WED. EVENING:  Poor–snow, wind and rain will be coming down heavy with roadways becoming snow-c0vered and slick and the visibility will be poor at times.

THURSDAY:  Good–Watch for some slick spots early morning with temperatures below freezing, otherwise the day looks dry, chilly and good for heading to Grandma’s.

AMOUNTS:

Our accumulation forecast remains essentially the same from yesterday evening.  Little to no snowfall accumulation near the coast;  1-3″ for areas away from the shore with the highest amounts of 3-6″ expected north and west of I-295.  As Tony mentioned last night there will be a rain/snow line that sets up over southern New England, representing the boundary between snow to the north and rain to the south and east.  That line will likely fluctuate over central RI and Bristol County MA through the afternoon.  The exact track and intensity of the storm will help determine where that line sets up…. accumulation amounts may still need to be adjusted over the next 24 hours, so please check back for updates.

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Rain and Snow with Wednesday Storm

November 24th, 2014 at 9:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The ingredients are coming together for a disruptive coastal storm impacting the East Coast on the busiest travel day of the year. It’s a storm system that could lead to delays from Florida to New England as low pressure tracks up the east coast.   For New England, the exact track of the storm will determine “how much” and “who” sees snow (vs rain).  As of this morning, we have the highest confidence in a plow-able snow across interior CT into Central and Western MA.  That’s were a “Winter Storm Watch” has been issued.  A “Watch” means there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow.  temp 3

There are still some details to be worked out… however, a “miss” is looking unlikely at this point, so people with plans to travel on Wednesday are urged to stay up to date with the forecast.

TIMING:  Rain will start to move into DC by 7am,  and reach the southern New England coast by 10am, with steadier and heavier rain and snow by early afternoon.  Travel conditions in and around New England should be “ok”-though not perfect in the morning and early afternoon and deteriorate after 3pm.   The height of the storm in New England is from 7pm the evening until 5am Thanksgiving morning.  There may be some lingering lighter snow showers on Thanksgiving morning, but the worst will be over.

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06z GFS Valid at 1pm Thursday 

PRECIPITATION TYPE:  Very tricky with this storm.  Again, the highest confidence of mainly snow will be in western MA and CT, through interior parts of PA/NY, VT and NH.  Across southeastern New England a combination of rain/snow and sleet looks likely with some accumulations possible. temp 2

Near the RI coast east to Cape Cod and the Island, it looks like the precipitation will fall mainly as rain, with little to no accumulations possible.  Subtle shifts in the track will bring more or less snow into our area.  As of this morning, there were still a lot of uncertainties with the track, so it’s too early to say how much snow will fall.  Areas north and west of I-295 have the best shot at enough snow to plow and shovel.

WIND:  Wind will also be an issue with this storm with strengthening northeast and north winds through the day Wednesday into Wednesday night.  Gusts over 35mph are possible and a high wind advisory or warning may be issued.

Please continue to check back in for updates.


Gusty Winds Continue, Rain Tapers off by Mid-Day

November 24th, 2014 at 8:39 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Another Monday morning dealing with wind swept rain and a slow commute.  This time,  it’s a warm front to blame.  Rain has been falling moderate to heavy at times through the morning with 0.5″ to 1″ of rain possible by the time it tapers off around mid-day.  In addition, Rhode Island and southeastern MA has had southerly winds sustained around 15-25mph with gusts up to 45mph.  Wind_Advisory_650x366

It will stay blustery through the afternoon, with just a few lingering lighter showers and mist for the trip home from school and work.  Temperatures are very mild through the day… in the 50°s this morning and 60°s this afternoon.  The record for today is 73° from 1979.  temp 1

Winds will stay blustery through Tuesday, with mild temperatures (near 60° at lunchtime) and then starting to cool through the late afternoon and night.  Much colder air moves in just in time for a coastal storm to impact the East Coast on Wednesday and Wednesday night.  Check out the latest blogs for more on the forecast for Wednesday and Wednesday night.


Wednesday’s Storm Could Bring Travel Headaches

November 24th, 2014 at 12:27 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

In Saturday night’s blog post, I wrote about the ‘possibility’ of a storm on Wednesday.  After looking at another day’s worth of data, I’m confident that we will see a storm on Wednesday.  Now, harder questions arise.  The biggest is what track will the storm take?

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Rain/Wind for Monday Morning Commute

November 23rd, 2014 at 7:42 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The morning commute could be a slow one on Monday.  Rain, wind and coastal flooding could create some headaches.

A warm front will be lifting through New England.  Ahead of it, we’ll see rain/wind in the morning, some of which could be heavy/strong.  Behind it, we’ll get some very mild air.  Temperatures will soar into the 60s Monday afternoon! If we get enough sunshine, we could sneak up to 70!

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Coastal Storm on the Wednesday Before T’Giving?

November 23rd, 2014 at 12:05 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

You may have heard some rumors about the possibility of a Nor’easter on one of the busiest travel days of the year…the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  The rumor is true.  There is the possibility of a storm which could disrupt travel from the Mid Atlantic to New England.

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Based on the latest computer models from Saturday evening, here is what we could be looking at.

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Lake Effect Snow Machine About to Turn Back On

November 19th, 2014 at 4:46 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Sixty five inches.  Nearly five and a half feet.  That’s how much snow has fallen in the Buffalo, NY suburbs during the past few days.  And more…a lot more… is about to come.

Here are some snowfall reports from the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

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Snow is piled up as high as doors and covering the tops of cars and roofs of houses.

Courtesy: Jessica Marie in West Seneca, NY

Courtesy: Jessica Marie in West Seneca, NY

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Coldest Morning in Nearly 8 Months

November 19th, 2014 at 10:40 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It felt pretty uncomfortable outside this morning…and for good reason.  It’s been awhile since it has been this cold! This morning’s low temperature of 21° in Providence was the coldest temperature we have had in the capitol city since March 27th when the low was 20°.

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Major Lake Effect Snow Storm in NY

November 18th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The amount of snow that has fallen in western and northern New York is mind-boggling.  The recent blast of cold air, which has settled over the Northeast, is helping to create monster snow totals in parts of the Empire State.  As I type, 51″ of snow has fallen in Cheektowaga, NY!

During the morning, the National Weather Service in Buffalo wrote in their technical discussion that they are forecasting nearly 6feet of snow for Buffalo’s southern suburbs.

nwsbufThis is for good reason.  The band of lake effect snow was not moving at all, and it wasn’t expected to move out of the area until about 7pm EST.   Snowfall rates of 3 to 4″ per hour were reported and there was even some thunder heard in the area.

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Here’s the MODIS satellite photo of the snow bands.

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All 50 States at or Below Freezing This Morning.

November 18th, 2014 at 2:04 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This blast of Arctic air is being felt by millions of Americans today.  Here in Rhode Island, busy winds and cold temperatures are creating wind chills well into the 20s.  Western New York is dealing with a tremendous lake effect snow storm; parts of Florida have Freeze Warnings; and even parts of Hawaii would give you goose bumps.

Across the country, every single state had a weather station with readings of 32°F or lower this morning.   Rhode Island, by the way, was the last hold out.  That’s typical…we were the last of the Thirteen Colonies to sign the Constitution, too!  Rhode Island’s freezing temperature came at 8:54am when the temperature hit 32.0°F in Chepachet, RI.

Here are some temperature readings from some typical ‘warm’ states:

  • Florida:  28°F at Bob Sikes Airport
  • Texas:  Amarillo 17°F at the airport
  • California:  Mammoth/June Lakes  7°F
  • Hawaii:   Mauna Kea: 30° at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility

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Flash Flood Watch 3pm to 11pm

November 17th, 2014 at 11:45 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Add a FLASH FLOOD WATCH to the high wind advisories and warnings that are in effect for southern New England from late this afternoon through this evening.  As we continue to track an area of low pressure and strong cold front approaching southern New England,  Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, except for the islands has the potential to see some flash flooding as “round 2″ of steadier and heavier downpours moves into our area later today.  In addition, as winds pick up, leaves will come down, potentially clogging storm drains and enhancing the street flooding.  With rainfall rates of up to 1″ per hour, urban and poor drainage areas will be prone to localized, brief flooding.  temp 1

While there’s a lull in the rainfall mid-day, it’s a good time to clean out the leaves from nearby storm drains.  temp 2Here’s a look at some of the potential rain totals by midnight.  temp 2


Windswept Rain Storm Today

November 17th, 2014 at 8:50 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s a cold rain falling in southern New England this morning with temperatures in the 30s for most with light to moderate rain.  The good news for commuters is that temperatures are warm enough that there’s no threat of ice or snow here in southern New England.  Our main concerns with this system is localized flooding and strong, damaging winds.

The WIND ADVISORY has been expanded to include ALL OF RHODE ISLAND and northern Bristol County in MA, while the HIGH WIND WARNING is for southern Bristol County (Including Fall River and New Bedford) as well as the Cape and Island.  Winds will pick up this afternoon and evening ahead of a strong cold front.  As heavier rain and potential isolated thunderstorms draw down stronger winds from aloft, some gusts could reach speeds of 50-60mph.  Isolated wind damage and power outages are possible.  The most likely time to see the stronger gusts is around the evening commute.

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Weather Alert

 As for the rain…. one batch of steadier rain has been moving through this morning, followed by a brief “lull” mid-day.  Another round of heavy rain and strong winds are likely around the time of the evening commute.  It’s late afternoon through the evening, ahead of a strong cold front when our area could also see a few thunderstorms.  Any t’storms would enhance both the rainfall rate and the wind speeds.  The rainfall accumulation map below is one models idea on where the heaviest rain could fall, but keep in mind, that line of 2″-3″ totals could end up shifting into a different part of southern New England or off-shore.  I’d plan on a healthy 1-1.5″ for most of our area with isolated amounts up to 3″ possible.

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Potential Rainfall Amounts Through this Evening

 


Strong Winds Expected Monday Afternoon/Evening

November 16th, 2014 at 5:34 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A quick-moving, but powerful storm system will move through the Northeast tonight through Monday evening.

An area of strong winds will pass over Southern New England Monday afternoon and evening.  Winds could gust to 50mph from the southwest.  A Wind Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in Taunton for the Providence Metro Area and points to the south and east.

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On the Cape and Islands, stronger wind gusts are possible.  Isolated power outages are possible everywhere.

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Look for Meteors Next Few Nights/Mornings

November 15th, 2014 at 10:20 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

I saw a stray Leonid Meteor Friday evening.  It was very colorful, very bright and pretty large.  Unfortunately, meteors are fleeting, and I had no time to get a camera ready.  It was beautiful, though and you can see these meteors, too, for the next few days.

In the early morning skies of November 16-18, the Leonid meteors will make their annual appearance.  These meteors are famous for reaching ‘storm’ level when thousands of meteors could be seen per hour; however, these kind of shows don’t happen every year.  In fact, it’s about every 33 years or so when the number of meteors shows a significant rise.

Courtesy: Navicore/Wikipedia Commons.  A Leonid meteor in 2009.
Courtesy: Navicore/Wikipedia Commons. A Leonid meteor in 2009.

The Leonids are created from left over pieces of Comet Tempel-Tuttle.   This comet comes in and out of the inner solar system every 33 years.   As the comet approaches the sun, the ice melts and bits and pieces of the comet are left in space.   These particles are small–usually the size of a piece of dust or a grain of sand.  On a rare occasion, however, they can be larger.  As the Earth orbits the Sun, it passes through this debris.  The little bits of the comet burn up as they fall through the atmosphere, and we see the streaks of light.    The larger pieces of debris can create spectacular fireballs which can linger in the sky like fireworks. (more…)


Freeze Warning for Parts of Our Area

November 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

In our area, the last area to see a frost or a freeze is Block Island.  The growing season is still technically ongoing on the island, and with another pretty cold night ahead, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Block Island for Sunday 2-6am.   In addition, Nantucket also has a Freeze Warning for that same time period.

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According to the National Weather Service, a Freeze Warning is issued when freezing temperatures are forecast to threaten outdoor plants.  Those with agricultural interests in the warning area are advised to harvest or protect tender vegetation.

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Saturday: Coldest Day in 7.5 months

November 15th, 2014 at 7:10 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It was pretty cold today, there’s no doubt about it.  At sunrise, temperatures were well below freezing across most of the area.

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It was a frosty start to the day, too.  I snapped these two photos of Jack Frost’s handywork up in Pascoag where the low was 23°.

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