Watch Executive Suite: Foolproof Brewing; Kevin Wilbur

July 7th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello

July 6th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Arthur’s Gone….But We’re Always Watching The Tropics

July 5th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The remnants of Hurricane Arthur are now over New Brunswick in Canada.  Maine saw quite a bit of rain today from “Post Tropical Storm Arthur.

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So, one named storm down.  The next up is Bertha on this year’s list of names.

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In the Atlantic Basin, there’s really nothing anywhere that would form into a tropical system anytime soon.

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Friday rain caused a lot of problems, but it wasn’t all bad

July 5th, 2014 at 8:24 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We never want to see a situation like we did in New Bedford with almost 8 inches of rain.  That is WAY too much rain at one time.   A lot of our viewing area was a little more fortunate, with rainfall generally between 2 and 4.5 inches.  (That’s still a lot in one day!)

So what is the silver lining in the Friday rain? It did bring some much needed rainfall to a lot of lawns and gardens, which really needed it.  The graphic below uses rainfall since June 1 at TF Green Airport.  Notice how we turned a deficit into a surplus! -Pete Mangione

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

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

Happy Saturday! Here’s another edition of my weekend column here on WPRI.com – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to tnesi@wpri.com, and follow @tednesi on Twitter.

1. I hope all of you had a safe and happy Independence Day! (Rhode Island, of course, effectively declared its independence on May 4, 1776. Is a second holiday in order?)

2. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is hoping an uptick in Rhode Island’s economic growth – spurred in part by the tax cuts he just pushed through the General Assembly – will be enough to wash away the budget deficits currently projected for the coming years, which are set to rise from more than $100 million in 2015-16 to more than $400 million in 2018-19. If growth alone isn’t enough, though, don’t expect Mattiello to raise taxes to fill the gap. “I’m not looking to raise taxes in the future,” Mattiello said on this week’s Newsmakers. “My goal is to continue to create a better economic environment and atmosphere and to grow our economy. I think the way we work on reducing that structural deficit is to do things differently, and this budget was the first budget to do things differently and move in a different direction, to create that better economic environment, that better economic activity.” When pressed on what spending cuts he might consider if tax increases are off the table, however, Mattiello sounded a note of caution: “The reality is, even though it’s an $8-plus-billion budget, a lot of the spending is fixed and there’s not a lot of areas to look at anymore. But we will always look at efficiencies and making cuts where appropriate.”

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Hurricane Arthur — 11pm Friday Update

July 5th, 2014 at 12:02 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 11pm Friday evening, Arthur was still a hurricane; although barely.  It was looking pretty ragged in satellite pictures and winds are barely of hurricane strength.

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Arthur was about 75miles ESE of Chatham, MA around 11pm and was continuing its rapid pace across the North Atlantic toward the Canadian Maritimes.  It’s losing tropical characteristics; instead becoming an extratropical or non-tropical storm. 

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Hurricane Arthur 8pm Friday Update

July 4th, 2014 at 7:53 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

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As of 8pm, Hurricane Arthur remains a hurricane with winds of 80mph.  He’s really picking up steam and will pass to the southeast of Nantucket in the next several hours.  Winds are picking up on the Cape and Islands and we’ll likely see a period of gusty winds as well.

 

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Arthur 5pm Update

July 4th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Arthur losing some intensity…now a 80mph hurricane.  Arthur will pass approximately 50 miles to the southeast of Nantucket early Saturday morning.

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Flash Flood Emergency for New Beford Area

July 4th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A rare Flash Flood Emergency has been issued by the National Weather Service for the New Bedford area.  More than 5inches of rain has fallen since 1pm and a total of 8-10″ is expected before it’s done. 

If you live in a flood prone area, seek higher ground now.  Never cross a flooded roadway.  Travel is not recommended except for fleeing flood waters.

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Arthur Latest: 3-6″ of Rain Now Expected

July 4th, 2014 at 3:29 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Based on radar intensity and what has fallen already, we are now expecting between 3 and 6 inches of rain for our area.  Many areas have already picked up more than 2″ of rain, including New Bedford where there have been numerous reports of flooded roadways.  At one point there was more than 2600 NSTAR customers without power in that city.  Rain will continue to work its way northward through the evening and into early Saturday morning.

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Here’s what to expect the rest of today.

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Arthur continues to work its way northeastward and will make its closest approach to Southern New England early Saturday morning — passing about 50miles southeast of Nantucket.

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Flash Floods, Arthur, and the rest of the 4th

July 4th, 2014 at 1:29 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The impacts of Arthur really started to get going this afternoon….a Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and for portions of Kent, Washington, and Providence County.  Here was the scene on RADAR earlier.

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Arthur is still a category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph.  You can see it has started to merge with the front moving over our area.

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Arthur will remain offshore and make his closest pass late tonight….he will give us some heavy rain before that happens.  Look for showers and downpours to continue until 9 or 10PM.   If he speeds up, we may be able to get them out of here a little sooner.  It may get windy tonight with gusts around 3o mph, so some isolated wind damage is possible.  But our main threat will be street flooding, please don’t drive through flooded roads.  More updates soon. -Pete Mangione

 

 


Arthur Weakens a Little, Flash Flood Watch Remains

July 4th, 2014 at 9:20 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Arthur has weakened a little (to a Category 1), his winds are down to 90 mph and he is moving northeast at 21 mph.  The storm is still expected to stay offshore during its closest pass tonight.

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While we will get high surf and rip currents here in Rhode Island and Bristol County Mass, the biggest impacts will come in the form of rain.  In fact, we have already seen some downpours and thunderstorms this morning.  Here is a snapshot from 9AM.

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A Flash Flood Watch starts at noon and goes through tonight.  1-3 inches possible with higher isolated amounts. Some localized street flooding is possible.  Please turn around if you see any flooded roads…..most people are in their cars when they get in trouble during flash floods. More updates later this morning. -Pete Mangione

 

 


Primary Arthur Impacts on Land will be Rain

July 4th, 2014 at 7:34 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New update from National Hurricane Center. Arthur still a Cat 2 hurricane with winds 100 mph.  It has picked up speed as expected and is now moving to the northeast at 23 mph.  While it will get gusty tonight, Arthur’s impacts will be primarily rain.  1 to 3 inches of rain is possible with some higher isolated amounts.  That is why a Flash Flood Watch goes into effect at noon and goes through tonight. More updates soon.  -Pete Mangione

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Morning Update: Arthur Still Cat 2

July 4th, 2014 at 4:29 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of early this morning, Arthur is a Category 2 Hurricane with winds of 100 mph.   It is moving to the northeast at 22 mph.  After sweeping over the outer banks of North Carolina, Arthur will move back into the ocean.  As this happens, Arthur may increase in strength a little, but the overall trend will be to weaken by the time he makes his closest pass to southern New England.  That being said, he likely still be a Category 1 hurricane as he makes his closest pass tonight.

Impacts:

-Rain with some heavy downpours, especially from the afternoon into the evening.  The morning may end up with a decent amount of rain-free time.  Localized street flooding is possible in isolated areas by afternoon and evening.

-High surf and dangerous rip currents, especially out into Cape Cod.  The rip currents may last into Saturday and Sunday as well.

-Gusty winds tonight (25-35 mph).  Some isolated wind damage is possible, but keep in mind that these wind speeds are not that uncommon here in southern New England.

 


Midnight Update

July 4th, 2014 at 12:22 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of midnight, Arthur was over Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.  Winds of 100mph, moving northeast at 18mph.

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National Weather Service Statement on Arthur

July 4th, 2014 at 12:04 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

HURRICANE ARTHUR LOCAL STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1159 PM EDT THU JUL 3 2014

…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS LIKELY ON CAPE COD AND NANTUCKET AND
ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS…

.NEW INFORMATION…
UPDATED FORECAST INFORMATION DETAILS FOR THE OUTER RHODE ISLAND
COASTAL WATERS…AND THE MASSACHUSETTS COASTAL WATERS SOUTH AND
EAST OF NANTUCKET.

.AREAS AFFECTED…
THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT
LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATERS OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND
MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND COASTAL WATERS.

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Arthur 11pm Update

July 3rd, 2014 at 11:56 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 11pm Thursday, Arthur was near 34.6N 76.6W right over Cape Lookout, NC and 75 miles WSW of Cape Hatteras, NC.    It was moving northeast at 18mph…a significant increase in forward speed.   Winds remain at Category 2 strength…100mph.

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Mayor Taveras vetoes Providence landlord tax break

July 3rd, 2014 at 11:03 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The mayor of Rhode Island’s capital city has vetoed an ordinance that would lower taxes for rental property owners across the city beginning next year, in part because he believes it will force the next mayor to raise taxes for more than 19,000 homeowners.

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Arthur Now a Category 2 Hurricane

July 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Hurricane hunter aircraft measured winds of 100mph around Arthur….it has now been upgraded to a Category 2 Storm.

On it’s current path, it should make landfall near Morehead City, NC.

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Hurricane Arthur 8pm Update

July 3rd, 2014 at 8:27 pm by under General Talk

At 8pm, Hurricane Arthur was near 33.8N 77.4W moving NNE at 15mph.  It’s begun that right hand turn and is picking up a little speed as it interacts with a weather system moving through the Northeast United States.  It has winds of 90mph, a Category 1 Hurricane.

Here’s the satellite/radar picture at 8:15pm Thursday evening.  It’s a very well developed storm with thunderstorms completely around the center of circulation. 

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Arthur is still expected to pass to our southeast, but close enough to bring us periods of heavy rain on Friday and a heavy surf Friday through the weekend.

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 -Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Tropical Storm Warning for Cape, Rain on way for 4th

July 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The evening update from the National Hurricane Center still shows Hurricane Arthur with winds of 90 mph, movement to the northeast at 13 mph.  The center is still expected to miss us offshore, but the forecast now has the path close enough for a Tropical Storm Warning to be issued for Cape Cod and the surrounding waters.

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This means that it will be especially dangerous for boaters out toward the Cape and Islands.  It won’t be quite as bad across the Rhode Island shore, but some high surf and dangerous rip currents are likely late Friday into Saturday (possibly in Sunday as well).

As Arthur makes his closest pass late Friday night, winds will pick up.  Damaging winds should be confined to the outer Cape, with Rhode Island and most of Bristol County Mass getting winds that are not quite as strong.

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Thunderstorms and showers are possible through Friday morning, but the heaviest of the rain looks to be Friday afternoon into early Friday evening.  This might leave a little hope for the 4th of July Parade in Bristol (at least the first part of it).  There will likely be some showers and downpours, but we will may get some breaks as well.

We will continue to update you through out the weekend. -Pete Mangione

 


Arthur, 4th of July, and the Weekend

July 3rd, 2014 at 2:49 pm by under General Talk

This will be a very brief update.  The first afternoon data just came in from the National Hurricane Center.  Here are the stats:

2PM: Winds 90 mph (Category 1 Hurricane)
NNE 12 mph

The storm is just offshore from South Carolina.  The new path still takes it offshore of southern New England, but close enough to create dangerous rip currents and high surf into the weekend.  As for tropical storm force winds, that should stay well east of Rhode Island, but could happen on Nantucket and on portions of the out Cape.

A front that sweeps just ahead of Arthur (and grabs some of its moisture) will bring some heavy rain for the 4th of July, especially for the afternoon.  Localized street flooding will be the primary concern.

In the meantime, some occasional strong T-storms are possible this afternoon and evening.  However, much of the time will be rain-free.  More updates coming this evening. -Pete Mangione

 


Arthur Could be a Category 2 Hurricane as it Hits the Outer Banks

July 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New information in from the National Hurricane Center shows that Hurricane Arthur continues to intensify.  As of 11am, sustained winds had reached 90mph with gusts up to 115mph.  Outer rain bands were working their way on shore in North Carolina and the storm is now forecast to reach Category 2 status as it hits the Outer Banks of North Carolina tonight.  temp 3Meanwhile… the storm is still expected to track 50-100miles off-shore, with heavy rain and rip currents the main impacts in southeastern New England.  Timing remains on track with the heaviest of the rain Friday afternoon and evening.

In the short term, hot, humid air and hazy sun are helping to fuel thunderstorms popping up along and ahead of a slow moving cold front.  The storm prediction center is highlighting parts of western and central New England as areas that could see more severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.  temp 1

Heavy rain, frequent lightning and damagin winds are the main concerns with these storms today.  If you are planning on outdoor activities today and tonight, keep an eye to the sky for changing weather conditions as our area could see a few isolated strong storms, too.  Most of the day should stay dry, though.

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Arthur Continues to Strengthen

July 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New data in from NOAA and Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that Hurricane Arthur has strengthened further this morning with sustained winds near 80mph and gusts to nearly 100mph.   temp 2

Additional strengthening is expected through the day as the storm moves northeast towards the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Our computer models continue to indicate that Arthur stays well southeast of RI and Southeastern MA.  temp 3

As tropical moisture from Arthur interacts with a cold front sitting over southern New England we are looking at a rainy 4th of July–especially in the afternoon and evening.  Here’s the latest on what to expect for our area.  temp 1

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Arthur Now a Hurricane

July 3rd, 2014 at 5:13 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Arthur has strengthened into a hurricane early this morning–the 1st of the 2014 Hurricane season.  There have been no major changes to the track or intensity forecast for this storm.  Arthur is still expected to track around 50-100miles south and east of Nantucket.

Here’s the latest bulletin from the National hurricane Center:

BULLETIN HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY NUMBER 10 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012014 500 AM EDT THU JUL 03 2014 …ARTHUR NOW A HURRICANE… …EXPECTED TO MOVE NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS TONIGHT…

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…

INFORMATION ———————————————-

LOCATION…31.3N 79.1W ABOUT 340 MI…545 KM SW OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA ABOUT 190 MI…305 KM SSW OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 10 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…985 MB…29.09 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————–

CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

THE HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED NORTHWARD FROM DUCK NORTH CAROLINA TO THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA BORDER.

INTERESTS ALONG THE UNITED STATES EAST COAST NORTH OF THE WARNING AREA…PRIMARILY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND…SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF ARTHUR. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK —————————— AT 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…

THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ARTHUR WAS LOCATED BY HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT AND NOAA DOPPLER RADARS NEAR LATITUDE 31.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 79.1 WEST. ARTHUR IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 9 MPH…15 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ARE EXPECTED TODAY…FOLLOWED BY A FURTHER INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CORE OF ARTHUR IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE COAST IN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA TONIGHT. DATA FROM NOAA AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH…120 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES…35 KM…FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES…150 KM. THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS 985 MB…29.09 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO SPREAD NORTHWARD IN THE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE WARNING AREAS LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT.

HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA BY TONIGHT.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE… NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS…2 TO 4 FT PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS…2 TO 4 FT SOUTHERN NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA…1 TO 3 FT EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA…1 TO 2 FT THE HIGHEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW. THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DAMAGING WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND THE NEW EXPERIMENTAL POTENTIAL STORM SURGE FLOODING MAP FOR MORE DETAILS.

RAINFALL…

RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 6 INCHES…ARE EXPECTED OVER COASTAL AREAS OF NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH FRIDAY. RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE UPPER COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. TORNADOES…ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA TODAY.

SURF…

SWELLS GENERATED BY ARTHUR ARE AFFECTING AREAS FROM THE EAST-CENTRAL COAST OF FLORIDA NORTHWARD TO SOUTH CAROLINA. THESE SWELLS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION…

PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. NEXT ADVISORY ————- NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 AM EDT. NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 AM EDT. $$ FORECASTER BRENNAN


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Arthur Nears Hurricane Strength Overnight

July 3rd, 2014 at 3:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 2am, Tropical Storm Arthur was near hurricane strength with sustained winds of 70mph.  An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance Aircraft was investigating the storm now and it could become a hurricane soon.   The storm is moving north at about 8mph and is still more than 300mi southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC.  Arthur is expected to start moving to the north-northeast today and increase it’s forward speed, approaching the coast of NC late Thursday night/Friday morning.  Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center of the storm.  As we’ve continued to mention, Arthur makes it’s closest pass to us late Friday night/Saturday morning, bringing a period of heavy rain and rough seas to our area.  Depending on the track and intensity of the storm, there could also be a brief period of Tropical Storm Force winds over Eastern MA and possibly part of the RI coast.

Look for more info to come through the morning… the next update from the National Hurricane Center will be at 5am.


Arthur and the 4th of July — 11pm Update

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:23 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 11pm, Tropical Storm Arthur was near 30.6N and 79.1W.  It was approximately 380miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC or about 160 miles SSE of Charleston, SC.   It still has winds of 70mph and is moving north at 8mph.

New in the 11pm update: Tropical storm force winds possible for parts of our area…details further below.

Arthur continues to be a well-formed tropical system.  Strong thunderstorms continue to circulate around the center and there is minimal shear (upper-level winds which can tear apart a tropical system).  

 

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During the next 24 hours, Arthur is expected to become hurricane.  It has plenty of warm water to use as fuel for intensification.  Hurricanes can strengthen when water temperatures are 80°F (26.6°F) or warmer. 

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As Arthur moves north, it will intensify, then turn right or northeast as it approaches North Carolina.  It will come very close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  

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Arthur Update – 8pm Information

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:04 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 8pm Wednesday, Tropical Storm Arthur was at 29.7N 79.1W or about 435 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC and about 220 miles south-southeast of Charleston, SC.  It has winds of 70mph, still just 4mph shy of being a hurricane.  It is moving to the north at 7mph, still fairly slowly.

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The convection or showers/t’storms continue to be strongest around the center of circulation.  This will continue to help intensify the storm.  Water temperatures are 80°…plenty warm enough to feed the system for further intensification.

Arthur will continue to move to the north then turn northeast Thursday evening, then pass to our south and east on Friday night and Saturday morning.   Multiple computer models are in agreement that Arthur will avoid a direct hit on Southern New England.  The image below shows the forecast paths of various computer models.

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With a path offshore, we will avoid the wind, but get the rain.  Friday still looks like a washout.

The next National Hurricane Center update is around 11pm.

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Arthur Latest – 5pm Wednesday

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:26 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 5pm Wednesday, Tropical Storm Arthur was near 29.7N 79.1W or about 435miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC.  It was moving northward at 7mph.  Sustained winds are of 70mph, just 4mph shy of being a hurricane.

 

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Convection (showers/t’storms) around the center continues to look impressive.  You can see the clumpy white clouds right around the center of circulation on the visible satellite picture above.

In the infrared satellite picture below, where the temperature of the cloud tops is measured, you can see the purples and pinks of the coldest cloud tops around the northern periphery of the storm.

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Arthur is expected to form into a hurricane, possibly by later this evening.  A northward movement will continue before a weather system moving across the Midwest begins to steer Arthur to the northeast.

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Hurricane Arthur will pass to our south and east late Friday and early Saturday.  Although we won’t get the winds associated with Arthur, we will see some rain.  Moisture associated with the system will stream along a cold front moving through New England on Friday.

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The interaction between the front and moisture will produce occasional rain, possibly heavy at times, through the day on Friday…beginning in the morning and continuing through the evening.  Some thunderstorms are possible, too.  The 4th of July looks like it could be a washout.

Once the front passes through the area, drier air will return for Saturday and Sunday.  However, the hurricane will have stirred up the ocean so much that large waves will be crashing on our shores and dangerous rip currents are possible through the weekend.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

 


Mollis investigating lobbyist Rickman’s loan to Gordon Fox

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:37 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis said Wednesday his office is investigating whether former state Rep. Ray Rickman violated Rhode Island’s lobbying laws by extending a personal loan to former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

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