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  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Winter Forecast, kind of

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Winter Forecast, kind of

    Much has been made of how cool it's been this Summer here in Southern New England. Providence has only had 4 days of 90+ degree heat, compared to 13 days last summer, and 10 days the summer before that. And now that the 3-month meteorological Summer has ended, we can look at the numbers. The average high this Summer was 80.5 degrees, while the average low was 61.1 degrees. That gives an average Summer temperature of 70.8 degrees, which is 1/2 of a degree cooler than normal. The word on the st...More >>
    Much has been made of how cool it's been this Summer here in Southern New England. Providence has only had 4 days of 90+ degree heat, compared to 13 days last summer, and 10 days the summer before that. And now that the 3-month meteorological Summer has ended, we can look at the numbers. The average high this Summer was 80.5 degrees, while the average low was 61.1 degrees. That gives an average Summer temperature of 70.8 degrees, which is 1/2 of a degree cooler than normal. The word on the st...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Cool Summer

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Cool Summer

    Summer is the season of heat. It's the season of humidity. That is, until Summer 2014 rolled around. This is turning out to be the Summer that wasn't. A good judge of how hot of a Summer you have is to count the number of days you hit 90 degrees. Well, over the past decade, Providence has averaged just under 10 days of 90 degree heat each Summer. This Summer we've seen only three such days (July 2nd...90, July 3rd....90, and July 8th...91). It should be noted that this was not an historically...More >>
    Summer is the season of heat. It's the season of humidity. That is, until Summer 2014 rolled around. This is turning out to be the Summer that wasn't. A good judge of how hot of a Summer you have is to count the number of days you hit 90 degrees. Well, over the past decade, Providence has averaged just under 10 days of 90 degree heat each Summer. This Summer we've seen only three such days (July 2nd...90, July 3rd....90, and July 8th...91). It should be noted that this was not an historically...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Hurricane Season Update

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Hurricane Season Update

    We are over two months into this Atlantic Hurricane Season, so let's recap the season so far, as we also look ahead to the next few months of tropical activity. Through the first week of August, there have been two named storms in the Atlantic this season, and both of them reached hurricane status. Arthur reached Category 2 strength in early July, while Bertha attained Category 1 status as it moved out to sea in the first week of August.More >>
    We are over two months into this Atlantic Hurricane Season, so let's recap the season so far, as we also look ahead to the next few months of tropical activity. Through the first week of August, there have been two named storms in the Atlantic this season, and both of them reached hurricane status. Arthur reached Category 2 strength in early July, while Bertha attained Category 1 status as it moved out to sea in the first week of August. More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Marine Layer and Thunderstorms

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Marine Layer and Thunderstorms

    A lot of people wonder why southeast New England doesn't get as much severe thunderstorm activity as northern and western New England. It's a fact that areas south of a line from Hartford to Boston get fewer severe thunderstorms than our neighbors to the north. The biggest reason for this is a relatively dense, more stable layer of air that is often present in Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts when thunderstorms are approaching from the northwest (usually out ahead of a cold front). Th...More >>
    A lot of people wonder why southeast New England doesn't get as much severe thunderstorm activity as northern and western New England. It's a fact that areas south of a line from Hartford to Boston get fewer severe thunderstorms than our neighbors to the north. The biggest reason for this is a relatively dense, more stable layer of air that is often present in Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts when thunderstorms are approaching from the northwest (usually out ahead of a cold front). Th...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Hurricane Arthur Recap

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Hurricane Arthur Recap

    The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season is already more impressive than last year's season, if for no other reason than Hurricane Arthur managed to become a Category 2 hurricane while moving up the East Coast. And that is stronger than ANY hurricane from the entire 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. And we've still got over 4 months remaining in the 2014 hurricane season.Hurricane Arthur brought flooding rains (8" in New Bedford, and 2.68" in Providence, which was a new record for July 4th in the cap...More >>
    The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season is already more impressive than last year's season, if for no other reason than Hurricane Arthur managed to become a Category 2 hurricane while moving up the East Coast. And that is stronger than ANY hurricane from the entire 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. And we've still got over 4 months remaining in the 2014 hurricane season.Hurricane Arthur brought flooding rains (8" in New Bedford, and 2.68" in Providence, which was a new record for July 4th in the cap...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Lightning Safety

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Lightning Safety

    With Lightning Safety Awareness Week upon us, it's time to revisit the dangers of thunderstorms. Over the last 30 years in the United States, more than 1500 people have been killed by lightning, and thousands more have been seriously injured. Just this year, there have already been 7 U.S. deaths. One of these deaths occurred when a man was picking blueberries with his grandson on a mountain. Mother Nature has no pity, or remorse.The key thing to remember is that if you can hear thunder, or se...More >>
    With Lightning Safety Awareness Week upon us, it's time to revisit the dangers of thunderstorms. Over the last 30 years in the United States, more than 1500 people have been killed by lightning, and thousands more have been seriously injured. Just this year, there have already been 7 U.S. deaths. One of these deaths occurred when a man was picking blueberries with his grandson on a mountain. Mother Nature has no pity, or remorse.The key thing to remember is that if you can hear thunder, or se...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Coriolis Force

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Coriolis Force

    When you look at a weather map on tv, you're typically going to see highs and lows, or areas of high pressure and low pressure. And you might know that air flows clockwise around Highs and counterclockwise around Lows. But do you know why? Think of a bike tire. When you pump up a bike tire so it's nice and firm, you've increased the pressure inside the tire. Let's say you open the valve. What happens to the air inside the tire? Of course, the air flows OUT of the tire. So air flows FROM high ...More >>
    When you look at a weather map on tv, you're typically going to see highs and lows, or areas of high pressure and low pressure. And you might know that air flows clockwise around Highs and counterclockwise around Lows. But do you know why? Think of a bike tire. When you pump up a bike tire so it's nice and firm, you've increased the pressure inside the tire. Let's say you open the valve. What happens to the air inside the tire? Of course, the air flows OUT of the tire. So air flows FROM high ...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Atlantic Hurricane Outlook

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Atlantic Hurricane Outlook

    Before we take a look at the forecast for the upcoming 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, let's first take a look back at last year's season and see what we've learned. Well, as you might remember, going into the 2013 Hurricane Season, all major tropical forecasting outlets were predicting an active Hurricane Season. The official NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecast called for 13 to 20 named storms, with 6 to 9 hurricanes, including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3 ...More >>
    Before we take a look at the forecast for the upcoming 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, let's first take a look back at last year's season and see what we've learned. Well, as you might remember, going into the 2013 Hurricane Season, all major tropical forecasting outlets were predicting an active Hurricane Season. The official NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecast called for 13 to 20 named storms, with 6 to 9 hurricanes, including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3 ...More >>
  • El Niño

    El Niño

    Latest indications are that we will soon be entering into another El Nino event, so now is a good time to re-examine the effects that El Nino can have in New England and in the United States as a whole. First, a quick refresher course on what an El Nino is. An El Nino event always begins with a warming of the waters in the eastern equatorial (near the equator) Pacific Ocean. Using satellites and ocean buoys, NOAA scientists constantly monitor the temperature of all ocean waters, and it has be...More >>
    Latest indications are that we will soon be entering into another El Nino event, so now is a good time to re-examine the effects that El Nino can have in New England and in the United States as a whole. First, a quick refresher course on what an El Nino is. An El Nino event always begins with a warming of the waters in the eastern equatorial (near the equator) Pacific Ocean. Using satellites and ocean buoys, NOAA scientists constantly monitor the temperature of all ocean waters, and it has be...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Severe Weather Terminology

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Severe Weather Terminology

    As we head into Severe Weather Season across the region, it's time to remind ourselves of the terminology regarding severe weather. We start with the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING. When a Severe Weather Watch is issued, it means conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. These "watches" can be tornado watches, severe t-storm watches or flood watches. Watches are often issued several hours before the heavy weather arrives. And watches are no guarantee of severe weather....More >>
    As we head into Severe Weather Season across the region, it's time to remind ourselves of the terminology regarding severe weather. We start with the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING. When a Severe Weather Watch is issued, it means conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. These "watches" can be tornado watches, severe t-storm watches or flood watches. Watches are often issued several hours before the heavy weather arrives. And watches are no guarantee of severe weather....More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Dew point

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Dew point

    The official definition of dew point temperature is: "the temperature to which the air must be cooled to reach complete saturation". This is also known as 100% relative humidity. It's called the "dew"More >>
    The official definition of dew point temperature is: "the temperature to which the air must be cooled to reach complete saturation". This is also known as 100% relative humidity. It's called the "dew"More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Flooding

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Flooding

    When it comes to flooding, you never want to let your guard down. Some people underestimate the power of a flood, and how fast you can be swept off your feet, or how fast your car can be swept away byMore >>
    When it comes to flooding, you never want to let your guard down. Some people underestimate the power of a flood, and how fast you can be swept off your feet, or how fast your car can be swept away byMore >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Reason for the Seasons

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Reason for the Seasons

    With the arrival of the season of Spring, it's a good time to remind ourselves why we have seasons in the first place. But before we answer that question, let's examine an even more important question.More >>
    With the arrival of the season of Spring, it's a good time to remind ourselves why we have seasons in the first place. But before we answer that question, let's examine an even more important question.More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - How To Make a Forecast

    ABC6 WeatherLab - How To Make a Forecast

    A lot goes into making a weather forecast for Southern New England. It all starts with the computer models. The biggest, most powerful computer model in the U.S. is the GFS model. But this model needsMore >>
    A lot goes into making a weather forecast for Southern New England. It all starts with the computer models. The biggest, most powerful computer model in the U.S. is the GFS model. But this model needsMore >>
  • WeatherLab- Precipitation Type

    WeatherLab- Precipitation Type

    When it comes to precipitation type, Winter in Southern New England has all the bases covered. We get it all... rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and sometimes a combination. But a lot of people don't knowMore >>
    When it comes to precipitation type, Winter in Southern New England has all the bases covered. We get it all... rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and sometimes a combination. But a lot of people don't knowMore >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Ice Safety

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Ice Safety

    One thing I always tell my kids is "Safety First". And when it comes to heading out on an icy pond in the wintertime, no truer words have I ever uttered. The first thing to keep in mind is if someoneMore >>
    One thing I always tell my kids is "Safety First". And when it comes to heading out on an icy pond in the wintertime, no truer words have I ever uttered. The first thing to keep in mind is if someoneMore >>
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