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Possible Tornado in Worcester Sunday Evening

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

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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Still A Rip Current Threat Today, but Waters Gradually Calm

August 29th, 2014 at 6:06 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

UPDATED AT 8:30AM

HIGH SURF ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED, BUT STILL DECENT WAVES

Good morning.  The latest observations show swells on the south coast are have now gone down to about 3-5 feet.  That is lower than yesterday, but it is still high enough to pose a danger.  The high surf advisory has expired; the surf should continue to decrease into the afternoon.

THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY

Even when the surf is no longer a threat, dangerous rip currents will be a risk.  These can sometimes be more dangerous than the high surf because it is often hard to see the rip currents.

IMPROVING THIS WEEKEND

By Saturday and Sunday, the surf should no longer be an issue but we will still have to monitor the rip current risk.  The risk will likely be lower as waters continue to calm, but make sure to check back with us through out the weekend.  It often takes a while for the rip current risk to completely go away. -Pete Mangione


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 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.


Cristobal Will Bring Rip Currents, Possibly Late Wednesday

August 26th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Tuesday evening, Cristobal is a Category One hurricane with winds of 75 mph.  Here is the latest track:

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This storm will stay far away, so we don’t have to worry about it bringing bad weather.  However, it will bring rip currents Thursday into the weekend.  Some of these rips may arrive as early as Wednesday afternoon.  Please listen to lifeguards at the beach for instructions about where it is safe to swim. -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


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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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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Cristobal Could Affect Waters, but not Land

August 24th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Sunday evening Tropical Storm Cristobal had winds of 46 mph and was moving to the north at 7 mph.  There is a “dip” in the jet stream that seems to be interacting with the storm.   That is likely the reason it does not have that classic circular shape yet.  However, as the dip in the jet stream moves away, it’s likely that Cristobal will become better organized and turn into a hurricane.  However, this may not happen for several days.

Here is the Sunday evening track from the National Hurricane Center:

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There are 2 important things to note.  First, notice how the red, hollow tropical storm graphic becomes a “filled in” hurricane graphic from Tuesday into Wednesday.  This makes sense given that the above mentioned “dip” in the jet stream should be gone that point.  Tropical systems don’t like dips in the jet stream, so once this moves away Cristobal will have a change to organize.

The second thing to note the sharp bend to the right on Thursday.  There is actually a second “dip” in the jet stream that will bring in a cold front around this time.  This should help push Cristobal out to sea and keep it well offshore from southern New England.  However, rip currents are possible around the end of the week into Labor Day weekend.  Even if the storm is several hundred miles away, it can still affect our waters if it is strong enough.  The front itself may give us some isolated showers or thunderstorms, but we will take that over a hit from Cristobal!

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The weather for the Friday and Saturday actually looks nice and comfortable with highs in the upper 70s and low humidity.  Some showers are possible Sunday from a another wave of low pressure that may ride in from the west.

Obviously, interactions in the atmosphere between fronts and tropical systems are complex so we need to continue to watch this for any changes in the path.  Have a good night and enjoy the warmer temperatures this week! -Pete Mangione


Tropical Storm Cristobal: What does it mean for us?

August 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Sunday morning Tropical Storm Cristobal had winds of 45 mph and was approaching parts of the Bahamas.  Conditions will be favorable for the storm to strengthen over the next few days, this could make it either a stronger tropical storm or a hurricane.

There is still a lot of uncertainty in the track of the storm.  There is a chance it could drift into the Florida or the North/South Carolina coast.  The most likely scenario keeps it near the Florida and Carolina coast but never brings it onto land.  A bend back to the northeast is then expected mid-week.  Here is the updated track from the National Hurricane Center:

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Notice that in the above track, the storm does not make it that close to southern New England.  However, we can’t rely on just one solution.  We need to account for some variation from this track; either closer or further away from southern New England.  IF the storm tries to get near us towards the end of the week, a cold front may help push it away. This front will bring the chance of showers.

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Based on all of the above, it is likely that Cristobal stays well offshore from southern New England.  That being said, some dangerous rip currents are possible as we head into the start of the Labor Day Weekend.  However, the weather itself looks OK.  We will continue to bring you more updates, enjoy the nice Sunday! -Pete Mangione

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Tropical Storm Cristobal Forms

August 23rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Updated at 7AM On Sunday

Tropical Storm Cristobal is now here.  Winds are sustained at 45 mph.  IF the storm makes it offshore from New England, we are NOT expecting a landfall.  The storm may give us some rip currents, more information is below….

There are several different scenarios involving this tropical storm.  One scenario brings the storms into the Gulf of Mexico, another scenario brings it into Florida or North/ South Carolina.    The most likely scenario (and most agreed upon by the computer models) brings it into the northwest initially, but then bends it back out to sea as shown below.

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IF the above scenario were to occur, it would likely be during the end of next week as a tropical storm or hurricane.  A front will likely be moving in from the northwest at the same time; this would help push the storm out to sea (sometimes fronts can be good!). The front could bring a few showers, but mostly dry weather is expected during this time.

That being said, we would still likely get some rip currents right before or during Labor Day Weekend.  Stay tuned as we need to see what happens with this storm over the next 48 hours to get a better idea of the path.  -Pete Mangione

 

 


Watching a Potential Tropical System Next Week

August 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There is a disturbance near the Bahamas which has a good chance of turning into a tropical system over the next couple of days.  At this point, the majority of our computer models bring the storm offshore from the US east coast into the middle/end of next week.  There is no immediate threat to our area right now, but we could be looking at some rough surf and rip currents next week.

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WHY A COLD FRONT MAY BE A GOOD THING NEXT WEEK

A great way to keep hurricanes and tropical systems AWAY from New England is to bring in some kind of weather disturbance from the west.  There is a pretty good chance that, next week, a cold front will be approaching from the northwest at the same time that the tropical system is lurking in the Atlantic.   This front would act to keep the storm at sea…although some high surf may be able to make it to our shore.

We obviously need to look at more data to get a better handle on this potential tropical system.  We will bring you updates through out the weekend and into next week.  -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


23rd Anniversary of Hurricane Bob

August 19th, 2014 at 1:02 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
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It was 23 years ago this afternoon, on August 19, 1991 that Hurricane Bob made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Rhode Island. bobphoto11

It was the last direct hit from a hurricane in southern New England, though we’ve certainly had impacts from tropical systems in recent years–including Tropical Storm Irene and Super Storm Sandy.  Most recently, Hurricane Arthur spoiled our 4th of July with a soaking rainfall as it tracked south and east of Nantucket.

Here’s a great write up from the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA about the effects of the storm in southern New England:

Hurricane Bob developed in the central Bahamas on August 16, then steadily intensified and reached hurricane status on the evening of August 17. Bob continued to strengthen during the next 48 hours, as it began an acceleration north-northeastward, paralleling the East Coast. The eye of Hurricane Bob passed over Block Island, Rhode Island at approximately 1:30 PM, and made landfall over Newport, Rhode Island shortly before 2 PM. 

Hurricane Bob brought sustained hurricane force winds to the immediate coastal communities of Rhode Island and most of southeast Massachusetts. Strong tropical storm force winds blew across the remainder of the region, with many areas receiving gusts to hurricane force east of the Connecticut River. Wind damage to trees and utility poles was common and resulted in numerous power outages. Over 60 percent of the residents across southeast Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts lost power. Damage was also extensive to apple and peach orchards across these areas.

Coastal communities bore the brunt of the storm, with sustained winds between 75 to 100 mph. Peak wind gusts to 125 mph were recorded on Cape Cod in the towns of Brewster and North Truro, as well as in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The highest sustained wind of 100 mph, was recorded in North Truro. Block Island reported sustained winds of 90 mph, with gusts in excess of 105 mph (maximum speed of equipment). Wind gusts to near 100 mph were recorded in Newport and by the Navy Ship Samuel B. Roberts, which was riding out the storm on the east passage between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island. Additionally, there were four reports of tornadoes as Bob came ashore. The lowest barometric pressure was recorded by the USS Valdez while in the east passage of Narragansett Bay, with a reading of 28.47 inches.

Hurricane Bob caused a storm surge of 5 to 8 feet along the Rhode Island shore, but drove a surge of 10 to 15 feet into Buzzards Bay. The Buzzards Bay shore east to Cape Cod was hardest hit. The highest surges, of 12 to 15 feet, were observed in Onset, Bourne, Mashpee and Wareham, at the head of Buzzard’s Bay. Cove Road, in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts had 29 of 37 homes destroyed, while Angelica Point, Massachusetts lost 32 of 35 homes along the shore. Boat damage was significant, as many boats were torn from their moorings. Extensive beach erosion occurred along the shore from Westerly, Rhode Island eastward. Some south facing beach locations on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands lost up to 50 feet of beach to erosion.

Significant rainfall of 3 to 6 inches fell across all but southeast Rhode Island and eastward to Cape Cod, where less than 1 inch fell. The heaviest rainfall of over 7 inches affected western Rhode Island and extreme eastern Connecticut. Foster, Rhode Island had the highest amount of rain with 7.01 inches.

Bob was responsible for six deaths in the region, all in Connecticut. Total damage in Southern New England was approximately 680 million dollars.

 


Hazy, Hot and Humid–Not This August

August 19th, 2014 at 12:41 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 

It’s been a delightful summer filled with temperate days, cool nights and low humidity…. which means it’s been lacking much of the sultry air New Englanders either love or loathe.  It’s quite a difference from last year–where we had 16 days hit 90° or higher.  So far this year, we’ve managed to climb to 90°+ just three times–all in early July.  And this month, especially, temperatures are running cool.  Through August 18 temperatures at TF Green Airport are running more than 2° below normal, and  14 of the first 18 days of the month have been at or below normal.  temp 1

This morning lows were the coldest so far this month for many areas, including at TF Green where temperatures dipped to 54° at dawn.  temp 3

I don’t expect any significant spells of hot weather heading into the end of August.  Starting on Thursday and lasting into the weekend, temperatures will be below normal again with highs in the 70s and nights in the upper 50s to lower 60s.  And the outlook for the last week of August from the Climate Prediction Center shows continued cool conditions over much of the northern tier of the country.  temp 1


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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Sunday Update: A Few Showers, Dry Time Too

August 17th, 2014 at 9:15 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good morning! When I was on the air this morning, there were a few showers passing through around 6AM.  But after that, we cleared to partly cloudy skies and we ended up with a decent morning.  That being said, a front still has to clear the area this afternoon, so the chance of a shower or thunderstorms will still be with us.  Overall, there will be more dry time than shower time.  Sun will mix with clouds off and on today….we should get a pretty good sunset as dry winds from the west should help clear out our skies.  I will leave you with a breakdown of the shower threat.  Have a good Sunday! -Pete Mangione

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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

 


Wild Wednesday: Morning Recap, Afternoon Outlook

August 13th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Heavy rain moved in this morning creating problems on many of our roads.  The heaviest of the rain ran along and to the west of I-95.  There were many reports of street flooding, especially in Cranston, Coventry, and Providence.  Here are a few pictures sent via our ReportIt feature.

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 Coventry Flooding: Courtesy Shannon Moore

 

 

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Cranston Flooding

 

Our rainfall amounts ranged from about 1 to 4.5 inches.  Here are some totals as of Wednesday afternoon:

 

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I put in the Islip (Long Island, NY)  number because it is such an incredible amount of rain! The Long Island Expressway was not a good place to be this morning!

 

WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE DAY AND EVENING?

While the rain won’t be nearly as steady and as widespread as this morning, there will still be a threat of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening.  A few of the storms could be strong with a small chance of damaging wind.  The threat of showers and rain should be gone by midnight (possibly a few hours sooner).

Our weather improves tomorrow and Friday with low humidity and comfortable temperatures. Have a good afternoon and evening! -Pete Mangione

 

 

 

 


Heavy Rain, Flash Flood Threat This Morning

August 13th, 2014 at 9:35 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Heavy rain has moved into a good part of our viewing area.  A Flash Flood Warning is in place for much of Providence and Kent County.  These warning are in effect until 1:15 this afternoon.

I just looked at the observations at TF Green airport….between 8AM and 9AM 0.91 inches of rain fell, that is almost an inch per hour.

Here are some initial reports coming in courtesy of SKYWARN from the National Weather Service:

East Lyme, CT: 3.90″

Montville, CT: 4.84″

Canterbury, CT: 2.94″

Willimantic, CT: 2.04″

Cranston, RI: 1.56″

East Lyme, CT: 4.15″

Hebron, CT: 2.05″

Hampton, CT: 2.05″

Cranston, RI: 1.61″

 

Rainfall Reports (1″ or more):

Providence, RI: 1.38″

Coventry, RI:: 1.24″

 

Flood Reports:

924 AM: Cranston, RI: Cranston Street between Batcheller Avenue and Cavalry Street closed due to the flooding

 

Once we get into this afternoon, there will still be a threat of showers and downpours but there will likely be some lulls in the rain as well.  The Flash Flood Watch extends through this evening to account for the “potential” of additional flash flooding, even though it will not be raining the entire time.

Please do NOT drive through flooded intersections! -Pete Mangione