Flash Flood Watch Expanded

August 12th, 2014 at 12:49 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include all of RI and southeastern MA except for the Cape and Islands as our computer models continue to show the potential for heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms with a potent storm system moving through New England on Wednesday.

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We are still forecasting 1-3″ of rain for most of our area, though isolated higher amounts are possible.  Here’s the 12z RPM model precipitation forecast for rainfall totals:  temp 2

In addition, our coastline is now under a “Coastal Flood Advisory” for the potential for minor flooding during tomorrow mornings high tide around 10am-11am.  The combination of an astronomical high tide and a strong southeast wind could cause minor splash over at south and east facing coastlines. temp 3


Clay Pell’s résumé comes under closer scrutiny

August 12th, 2014 at 10:40 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Clay Pell has compiled a lengthy résumé in the nine years since he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an employment history that is drawing more scrutiny as it comes under fire from one of his rivals.

Pell has actually had only two full-time permanent jobs since finishing law school, according to a WPRI.com review of public information, statements made by Pell and details provided by his campaign.

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Wednesday Storm Update

August 12th, 2014 at 9:47 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ll squeeze in one more dry day before a storm system moves in and brings heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms to our area starting later tonight and into Wednesday.  We could certainly use the rainfall as parts of our area have been abnormally dry; however, the rain could be heavy enough to overwhelm storm drains leading to localized street and poor drainage flooding along with smaller stream flooding.

The highest risk of seeing flash flooding is across inland parts of southern New England, where rainfall rates of up to 2″/hr are possible. As of this morning, northwest RI and the Boston suburbs were included in a “Flash Flood Watch” for late tonight through Wednesday evening.  temp 1It looks like our best shot of getting widespread rain and thunder will be from mid-morning through late afternoon. In addition, there’s the risk–though small–for some severe thunderstorms.  This morning, the Storm Prediction Center highlighted southern RI and SE MA as an area that could see severe weather tomorrow–with damaging wind gusts and even an isolated tornado possible. temp 1

Finally, we could see some minor flooding along the coast and bay during tomorrow morning’s high tide. High tide in Newport Harbor is at around 10:30am.  The astronomically high tide due to the nearly full moon, combined with a stiff southeast wind may lead to minor flooding.  temp 2


Stormy Weather Late Tuesday Night Into Wednesday

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

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

       Heavy Rain/Flooding Potential:

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

        Severe Weather:

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

         Coastal Flooding:

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

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

           ……”National Weather Service  Taunton, Mass.


Stormy Day on Wednesday

August 11th, 2014 at 11:21 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As Pete Mangione mentioned  in the previous blog, the ingredients are coming together for a potentially stormy day on Wednesday.  An area of low pressure currently over the Great Lakes will drag a cold front through New England by Wednesday with a new storm developing along the front.

Surface Map valid at 8am Wednesday

Forecast Surface Map for 8am Wednesday

The set up gives us the potential for periods of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms.  Right now the forecast is for as much as 1-2.5″ of rain in New England.

Forecast Rainfall Amounts for Wednesday

Forecast Rainfall Amounts for Wednesday

Heavy rain could lead to localized street and poor drainage flooding, and potentially some dangerous flash flooding.  In addition, any embedded thunderstorms will bring torrential downpours and possibly damaging winds.  Timing of the heaviest rainfall in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts looks to be Wednesday morning and afternoon…. tapering off in the evening.  Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to monitor this potential severe weather day.


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August 11th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


It’s Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since 1975

August 11th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Like Del’s, Victory Day is a uniquely Rhode Island tradition.

Rhode Island is the only state that still observes an official holiday marking Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. It’s been that way since 1975, when Arkansas dropped the holiday – having already rechristened it “World War II Memorial Day” – and reportedly gave state workers their birthdays off as a consolation.

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Watching Wednesday for Strong Storms

August 10th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There is a threat of some severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.  Here is a breakdown of what we know, and what we need to fine tune:

WHAT WE KNOW

-A humid air mass will move in during the middle of the week.

-Low pressure, series of fronts , and an active jet stream will also move in during the same time period.

-When you combine the above ingredients, severe weather becomes a possibility.

-Torrential downpours, lightning, damaging winds, and even isolated tornadoes are possible.

 

WHAT WE NEED TO FINE TUNE:

-How well do the storm ingredients come together? This will make the difference between a very active weather day and a day with just a few non-severe thunderstorms and rain showers.

-What is the timing? It looks like there is a threat of severe weather anytime from early Wednesday morning to Wednesday evening.  As we get closer to Wednesday, we should be able to determine which commute (morning or evening) is at a higher risk of being affected.

STAY TUNED THIS WEEK

Tony, Michelle, TJ, and I will be looking at more data this week.  Tune in for our on-air and online coverage to get more specifics.   Have a good week! -Pete Mangione

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De Ramel mostly mum on why he hired Gordon Fox

August 10th, 2014 at 12:57 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Guillaume de Ramel, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, isn’t saying much when it comes to why a business he helped to start briefly employed former House Speaker Gordon Fox to do legal work back in 2011.

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Super Weather This Evening for the Super Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch Newsmakers: Catherine Taylor; John Carlevale

August 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Another Nice Day on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Perseid Meteors Peak Next Few Nights

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

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

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

What are the Perseid Meteors?

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

Courtesy: NASA

Courtesy: NASA

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

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

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Super Moon Sunday

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

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

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What is a Super Moon?

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

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

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What To Look For Sunday

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The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

August 9th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

I’m back! Happy Saturday. Here’s another edition of the weekend column here on WPRI.com - thank you to Dan McGowan for ably manning it in my absence. As always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to tnesi@wpri.com, and follow @tednesi on Twitter.

1. With less than a month left before voters go to the polls, the Democratic primary for governor shifted to a new phase this week as Angel Taveras went on the attack against Clay Pell, a major strategic shift by a candidate who spent the last month decrying negative campaigning by Gina Raimondo. It’s the strongest evidence yet that Pell’s largely self-funded campaign is indeed getting traction and becoming a real problem for the mayor. Taveras now has to put forward three messages at once: the case against Raimondo, the case against Pell, and the case for himself. That’s not easy to do, especially with the smallest budget of the three – perhaps Taveras needs a signature issue that will set him apart. (On Friday his campaign highlighted education, also a key focus for Pell.) To the extent it reinforces the idea that he’s a viable candidate, Pell supporters actually seemed pleased to see their candidate taking fire; Pell booster Bob Walsh of NEARI went so far as to suggest Taveras is now the spoiler, which surely made Taveras backers’ heads explode. The question of spoilers, though, isn’t going to go away as Gina Raimondo floats above the Taveras-Pell fight with her new positive ad. If Pell overtakes Taveras as Raimondo’s main rival, how high is he ceiling of support? Could he actually woo enough voters to win outright – or only enough to help the treasurer secure victory?

2. One reason Clay Pell has become a force in the Democratic primary: his spending on TV and radio advertising through mid-August will total $1.4 million, slightly more than the $1.3 million that Gina Raimondo will spend and way more than the $641,000 that Angel Taveras has booked, according to tracking figures from one of the campaigns. Taveras has also already booked another $255,000 between Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. All told the three Democrats have booked $3.6 million in commercial time on broadcast TV, cable and radio so far – and that’s before Pell or Raimondo buy anything after Aug. 18, as they surely will. Those dollar figures don’t tell the whole story, though, because the candidates are paying different amounts for the ads. By another metric – gross rating points – Raimondo is tops with 11,654 points through Aug. 18, compared with 8,534 points for Pell and 6,589 points for Taveras.

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Elorza eyes end to social promotion in Providence schools

August 8th, 2014 at 6:57 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said Friday he wants Providence schools to put an end to social promotion, the commonly used but rarely acknowledged practice of allowing struggling students to advance to the next grade to keep them on track with their peers.

Elorza’s plan to build a “competency-based educational system” is part of a larger vision for city schools that also includes offering dual enrollment to students who wish to take college courses in high school; increasing the number of Advance Placement courses; expanding outside-the-classroom learning opportunities; and giving teachers “more freedom and flexibility.”

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Taveras wants to spend $42M on new education programs by 2019

August 8th, 2014 at 6:54 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras wants to spend $42 million on new education programs by 2019, including creating a college fund for all newborn babies, expanding the widely-acclaimed Providence Talks initiative and providing “last dollar” scholarships to college students.

Taveras, who is leaving Providence after one term as mayor, said his 10-point “Rhode Island Achieves” proposal seeks to map out how “we can give our children a chance at a better life.” He kicked off his campaign for governor last fall by calling for universal pre-K for Rhode Island children.

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Clay Pell launching new ad to blunt Taveras attack

August 7th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell is moving quickly to try and blunt a TV attack ad that’s being aired in heavy rotation by his rival, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, with his own spot arguing the campaign should stay policy-focused.

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CVS has mulled moving its HQ overseas due to taxes

August 7th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Drugstore giant CVS Caremark Corp., Rhode Island’s largest for-profit company, confirmed Thursday that it has examined moving its corporate headquarters overseas to avoid the nation’s high corporate tax rate.

“We have an obligation to our employees, our shareholders and our customers to understand all of our potential options,” Carolyn Castel, CVS Caremark’s vice president of corporate communications, told WPRI.com in an email.

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Thursday Evening Update: Hail and unconfirmed report of a water spout

August 7th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Update at 6:30PM

During our newscast, Tony and I noticed some possible rotation in a storm just offhsore from Little Compton, RI.  Here is snapshot from the RADAR….

RAD_TORN

That same thunderstorm moved to the southeast and we are now getting unconfirmed reports of a water spout just a few miles offshore from Martha’s Vineyard.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
603 PM EDT THU AUG 07 2014

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0548 PM     WATER SPOUT      10 NW AQUINNAH          41.44N  70.95W
08/07/2014                   ANZ234             MA   AIRPLANE PILOT

            PILOT REPORTS WATERSPOUT 10 MILES NW OF MARTHAS
            VINEYARD IN RI SOUND

Stay tuned…we will continue to update you on this.

We have also been tracking isolated but strong thunderstorms this afternoon.  Not everyone is getting these storms, but some cities and town have been hit by hail.  This picture of hail is from Chepachet courtesy of TeriLyn Colaluca.

Chepachet Hail  - Terilyn

 

There were multiple reports of hail; I saw one from Middetown, RI with 1 inch hail!

There is a very cold pool of air sitting high overhead, and that will act as our trigger for the storms through early this evening.  The activity should start to wind down by around 7PM.  We will be on t he air from 5 to 6:30 on WPRI, and from 6:30 to 7 on FOX Providence with the latest information.  -Pete Mangione


Thursday’s Rip Current Threat

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

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

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

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

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

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Severe T’stom Warning for Parts of SE MA

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

4:45pm UPDATE: This warning has been cancelled by the National Weather ServiceWeather_Alert_650x366
Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5pm for Central and Southeast Bristol County in MA.  A thunderstorm capable of producing large hail and damaging winds was moving southeastward.  Lightning and torrential rain are also threats.  Communities in the path of the storm include Acushnet, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth.  If you are in the path of this storm, stay indoors and away from windows until the storm passes.

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Strong Tstorm Over SE MA

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

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

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

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


4-6 Foot Waves Crashing on Areas Beaches

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

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

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

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

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Thunderstorm Threat This Afternoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brief, but heavy rain
  • Gusty winds
  • Hail

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


High Rip Current Risk Today

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Clinton to campaign in Providence for Seth Magaziner

August 6th, 2014 at 10:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former President Bill Clinton is set to visit Rhode Island later this month to campaign for Democratic general-treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, WPRI.com has learned.

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Angel Taveras slams Clay Pell in new TV attack ad

August 5th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras late Tuesday launched a frontal assault against his Democratic gubernatorial rival Clay Pell, debuting a new TV ad that criticizes the political newcomer as “inexperienced and out of touch.”

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High Rip Current Risk for Wednesday

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

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

From that alert:

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

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

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

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 

 

 

 

 


Bertha Latest

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

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

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

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