Windswept Rain Storm Today

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

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

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

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Weather Alert

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

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Potential Rainfall Amounts Through this Evening


Strong Winds Expected Monday Afternoon/Evening

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

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

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


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

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Wind/Rain Maker on the Way; Then VERY Cold

November 16th, 2014 at 8:56 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

If you don’t like cold temperatures here is the good news: Temperatures go back into the 50s for Monday! Here is the bad news: The 50s will come with rain and a lot of wind by Monday overnight.

Tonight (Sunday night) some rain showers will start to move through after 10 or 11PM.  Initially, I was a little concerned about a wintry mix, but it looks like that will stay well off to our north.

MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE: Some fog and rain showers may slow things down a little, but we are not looking at widespread downpours.  Allow an extra few minutes and you should be OK.  The winds will be fairly light at this point.

MONDAY EVENING COMMUTE: Off and on showers will continue as temperatures rise into the 50s.  Some upper 50s are possible near the south coast! Breezes will start to pick up, but the strong gusts should hold off until after the commute.

 MONDAY NIGHT: Some heavy pockets of rain will move through; an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.  Winds will potentially gust between 35 to 50 mph; some isolated power outages are possible. Here is a look at a computer model forecast for 9PM (these strong winds may actually hold off until after midnight):


TUESDAY: Winds will continue to be busy gusting between 30-40 mph.  As the next arctic air mass slides on through, temperatures will actually be colder by the evening commute than for the morning commute.

TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING: Very cold with actual temperatures in the 20s but wind chills in the teens and even a few single digits.


Have a good Sunday and enjoy the roller coaster temperature ride! -Pete Mangione


Watch Newsmakers: Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza

November 16th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

Look for Meteors Next Few Nights/Mornings

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

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

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

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

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

Freeze Warning for Parts of Our Area

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

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


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

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Saturday: Coldest Day in 7.5 months

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

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


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

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

November 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Providence repays $1.9M for bad loans, improper expenses

November 14th, 2014 at 5:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan & Walt Buteau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The troubled taxpayer-funded loan program run by the city of Providence is finally turning the page after years of scrutiny from the federal government.

The city repaid $1.92 million in August to cover a slew of loans and other expenditures the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ruled never should have been authorized, according to HUD spokeswoman Rhonda Siciliano.

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Mayor-elect Elorza promises no tax increase next year

November 14th, 2014 at 1:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan & Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza said Friday he will not seek to raise taxes in order to cover a projected shortfall when he begins to craft his first budget early next year.

The incoming mayor said he’s heard the budget gap for the 2015-16 fiscal year could be between $15 million and $24 million, but indicated he won’t know the true figure until his administration conducts a full review of the budget.

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Snow has Ended, Cold Temperatures Continue

November 14th, 2014 at 8:06 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A little taste of winter for us early this morning, as snow predawn left a coating to up to 2″ of wet snow on grassy surfaces and car tops.  Here’s a look at the minor snowfall totals for our area: temp 2

By 7:30am the snow was over and the sun was emerging as the back edge of the cloud cover moved out.  The rest of the day looks dry, brisk and bright with a fresh shot of cold air moving in behind this departing area of low pressure.  On a northwest wind, afternoon temperatures will only climb to the low 40s and wind chills will be in the 30s.  temp 3

Cold and dry will be the theme for the weekend…. temperatures begin in the 20s both mornings with Saturday’s high near 40 and only a few degrees warmer than that on Sunday.

Our next storm system on Monday has a track that supports mainly rain.  Check in over the weekend, though, for updates.

Friday AM Commute: rain and a little snow

November 13th, 2014 at 4:46 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New data has come in this afternoon and it continues to support the idea of snowflakes in the air, but very little in the way of accumulation.

Here is an updated accumulation map that Tony and I have been working on as he gets ready for the evening newscasts.  Most of what you see below will be on the grass and car tops; but an inch or two of snow is possible on the pavement to the north and west of 295.



Here is timeline of what to expect:

Now until 11PM: Cloudy and cool but dry.  So if you need to drive the kids around to practices and other activities this evening, that will be no problem!

11PM until 3AM: Light to moderate rain will overspread the area. 

3AM to 8AM: Rain will start to change to snow.  This will happen first in northwest Rhode Island.  For Providence and points south and east, the change to snow may not happen until 5AM – 7AM.  The coast may stay rain for the entire time…and if it does change to snow here the snow will be very brief.

8AM to 10AM: Snow will start to move out from west to east.  Western RI, you will be pretty much done with the the snow by this point.  Bristol County Mass will hang onto the snow/rain a little longer.

Morning Commute Impacts:

-It will be messy for everyone, so you may want to allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes to get to work.

-Along and north and west of 295, there may be some slick and snow covered roads.  Please drive with caution!


Have a good night and stay with WPRI both online and on the air for updates. -Pete Mangione


Providence has crowded race for City Council president

November 13th, 2014 at 4:07 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – If you aren’t running for president of the Providence City Council, chances are you aren’t a member of the Providence City Council.

Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos confirmed Thursday she is now considering running for the council’s top job, joining a field that already includes Ward 10 Councilman Luis Aponte, Ward 12 Councilman Terry Hassett and Ward 14 Councilman David Salvatore.

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Gov.-elect Raimondo names 13 to her transition team

November 13th, 2014 at 2:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo on Thursday announced she has appointed 13 Rhode Islanders to her transition team, including a top State House Republican, as she prepares to succeed Gov. Lincoln Chafee in January.

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Early Friday Commute Could be Messy

November 13th, 2014 at 7:43 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tomorrow could mark the first snowy commute of the season for our area.  It’s not going to be a lot of snow, but timing is everything, right?!  And the timing for this system could make for  a few headaches for early morning drivers on Friday.  The cold air is settling into southern New England today with dry and mostly sunny skies through the day.  The weather will remain quiet through this evening’s commute, so no worries there.

Things start to change overnight, as a quick-moving system tracks south of southern New England and strengthens as it passes southeast of Nantucket early tomorrow morning.

06z GFS valid at 7am Friday

06z GFS valid at 7am Friday

Initially the precipitation will start as rain, but it changes to wet snow from northwest to southeast late at night (after 2am).  Most of the snow will melt as it hits the (relatively) warm pavement, but it begins to coat grassy surfaces and car tops before dawn.  Our main concern is that a brief period of heavier snow will be possible between 4-7am, leading to small accumulations and perhaps even a slushy coating on roadways.  Any heavier snow will reduce visibility and could make for some slow travel.  temp 1

By late morning, the sun will be emerging as the skies clear and the rest of the day looks dry brisk and cool.

As for accumulations…. most of us end up with a coating to and inch of 2 of snow… again, mostly on grassy surfaces and car tops.  Isolated amounts of up to 3″ possible north of Providence. temp 2

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RI ranks No. 4 in US for student loan debt

November 13th, 2014 at 12:31 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Students earning their bachelor’s degrees from colleges in Rhode Island are graduating with some of the highest levels of debt in the country, according to a study released Thursday by Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).

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Central Coventry Fire District set to file for bankruptcy

November 12th, 2014 at 10:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – The cash-strapped Central Coventry Fire District is preparing to file for bankruptcy after months of unsuccessful negotiations between state officials and the local firefighters’ union, has confirmed.

Stephen Hartford, the state-appointed receiver overseeing the fire district’s finances, on Wednesday night told he has hired Robert Flanders to prepare a Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing with the authorization of Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

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Gorbea names secretary of state transition team

November 12th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – R.I. Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea on Wednesday announced she’s tapped 12 Rhode Islanders to serve on her transition team, as she prepares to take over from Ralph Mollis, the term-limited current officeholder.

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Magaziner taps business, union leaders for transition team

November 12th, 2014 at 11:52 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – R.I. General Treasurer-elect Seth Magaziner on Tuesday announced he’s tapped eight Rhode Islanders from the business community and organized labor to serve on his transition team, as he prepares to take over the job from Governor-elect Gina Raimondo.

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Landing on a Comet…History Made

November 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Update:  Confirmation….Philae has landed on Comet 67P.  ESA scientists are trying to see if the lander is tethered to the comet.  However, the first image from a comet has been released.

Courtesy: ESA

Courtesy: ESA

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History will be made this morning as the European Space Agency will be landing on a comet…the first time this has ever been attempted.  We’ve flown by comets a few times, but humans have never attempted to land a space craft on one.

The Rosetta spacecraft which has been circling the solar system for a decade was in orbit of Comet 67-P since August.  It took stunning pictures of the comet, which is currently past the orbit of Mars.  A suitable landing site was found in the past couple months and now history is about to be made.

The lander, named Philae, separated from Rosetta this morning.  Here’s a picture of Rosetta from Philae just after separation.

Courtesy: European Space Agency

Courtesy: European Space Agency

…and here is a picture of Philae from Rosetta.

Courtesy: European Space Agency

Courtesy: European Space Agency

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Here are the key city jobs Mayor-elect Elorza must fill

November 11th, 2014 at 11:59 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A week after winning the race for Providence mayor, Democrat Jorge Elorza is already staffing up as he prepares to take office in January.

Elorza announced Tuesday the hiring of former mayoral candidate Brett Smiley and Tony Simon, a top aide to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, as his chief operating officer and chief of staff, respectively.

So who else will the mayor-elect hire in the coming weeks? Here’s a breakdown of the key positions any new mayor has to fill. (Note: Elorza said he plans to require all new directors to live in the city.)

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Former mayoral candidate Smiley to join Elorza’s staff

November 11th, 2014 at 9:48 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Brett Smiley, whose decision in August to drop out of the race for Providence mayor paved the way for Jorge Elorza to win the Democratic primary, will serve as the city’s chief operating officer beginning in January, the mayor-elect announced Tuesday.

Elorza also announced Tony Simon, the deputy district director for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, will be his chief of staff and state Rep. Grace Diaz will work as his senior advisor on community relations.

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City Council leadership hopefuls owe state $59K in campaign fines

November 10th, 2014 at 2:46 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two men poised to become the top ranking members of the Providence City Council owe the state more than $59,000 in campaign fines, but both say they intend to correct “mistakes” they’ve made in recent years.

The R.I. Board of Elections confirmed Monday that City Councilman Luis Aponte, Ward 10, currently owes the state $48,688 for his failure to file more than two dozen campaign finance reports and Councilman Kevin Jackson, Ward 3, owes $10,754 from a settlement he reached with the board in 2014 as well as six delinquent campaign reports.

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Mayor-elect Elorza names transition team

November 10th, 2014 at 12:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza on Monday appointed three influential city residents to co-chair his transition team, as he prepares to succeed incumbent Mayor Angel Taveras in January.

Elorza said his team will include Bank of America vice president Lisa Ranglin, education reformer Victor Capellan and Sally Lapides, the president and chief executive officer of Residential Properties Ltd. Marisa O’Gara, who served as Elorza’s campaign manager, will be Elorza’s spokesperson.

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Tale of Two Seasons This Week

November 9th, 2014 at 11:09 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This week will likely average out to be pretty normal as far as temperatures go.  That is only because the first half of the week will feature above normal temperatures and the second half will feature below normal temperatures.  Our temperatures will go from mid-fall to early winter.

In previous posts, we discussed how ex-Typhoon Nuri in the Pacific Ocean would help create a powerful storm in the Bering Sea which would disrupt the weather patterns over North America.  The disruption in the atmospheric flow will bring much cooler air into the eastern half of the country.

This scenario is still playing out.  As the cooler air plunges into the United States, we’ll see the first significant winter storm of the season work across the country.  Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect from Idaho through Michigan.


These warnings/advisories are for heavy snow that will fall especially from South Dakota through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


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Watch Newsmakers: Election 2014 political roundtable

November 9th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

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

November 8th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Massive Storm Near Alaska Will Alter Jet Steam In The U.S. Next Week

November 7th, 2014 at 10:59 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog


Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Massive storm now located  off the Aluetian Islands (near Alaska) will alter the entire jet stream (storm track) across the entire northern Hemisphere.. What does it mean for us???….the jet stream will “buckle” and drop significantly  south across the middle of the United States next week and eventually into New England by late week (around November 19th)…this will bring much colder air to New England…stay tuned.

Remnants of Typhoon Nuri Create to 60 Foot Waves Off Alaska
Typhoon Nuri, now an extra-tropical storm, is moving into the Aleutian Islands archipelago, and bringing with it some monstrously large waves. NOAA’s WaveWatch III ocean model, used to predict ocean conditions, shows that some waves could exceed 60 feet in height. The output for November 9 at 1200Z is plotted here in five foot contours. As the storm moves eastward, the islands act as a natural buffer to the mainland, and much of the significant wave height will dissipate, but not before causing dangerous shipping conditions throughout the region. Storm will change the weather pattern across the continental United States and New England Next weekMap below is the incredible wave height forecast off the Aleutian Islands





How Jorge Elorza beat Buddy Cianci to become Providence mayor

November 7th, 2014 at 1:59 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

While a 5,200-vote blowout of Cianci on the East Side would bring Elorza near the end zone Tuesday, his campaign says it was the effort in others parts of the city that pushed them over the goal line, from doubling their primary vote tally in Ward 4 near Charles Street to breaking even at the Parenti Villa and Dominica Manor high-rises on Federal Hill and then running close on the South Side.

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RI Democrats’ 2014 victory was most sweeping since 1960

November 7th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Projo_JFK_1960_RI_SOSJust how sweeping was Rhode Island Democrats’ election victory on Tuesday night? As it turns out, it was their biggest set of wins since the year John F. Kennedy was elected president.

On Tuesday, for the first time since 1960, Rhode Island Democrats managed to win all nine major offices on the ballot: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, general treasurer, U.S. senator, 1st District congressman, 2nd District congressman, and Providence mayor, according to a review of past election results.

Democrats have had big years before – Republicans won no federal races in 2012, 2008, 2004 or 1996, for example – but it’s been 54 years since the party won all nine of those top offices in a single November election.

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