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  • Weather Lab-2017 Hurricane Season

    Weather Lab-2017 Hurricane Season

    Weather Lab-2017 Hurricane Season

    2017 hurricane season has been active with numerous major hurricanes, but the total of named storms is average. More >>
    2017 hurricane season has been active with numerous major hurricanes, but the total of named storms is average. More >>
  • Weather Lab-2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Weather Lab-2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Weather Lab-2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    For our area, the 2017 total solar eclipse was only about a 66% view. A partial eclipse. Disappointing for some, but a much better view for our area will come April 2024.  More >>
    For our area, the 2017 total solar eclipse was only about a 66% view. A partial eclipse. Disappointing for some, but a much better view for our area will come April 2024.  More >>
  • Weather Lab-What Happen To May?

    Weather Lab-What Happen To May?

    Weather Lab-What Happen To May?

    May has been anything but May like. Plenty of clouds, multiple rainy days and cool temps. Temps well below average with a considerable blocking pattern in place. The pattern does look to break for the second half of the month. More >>
    May has been anything but May like. Plenty of clouds, multiple rainy days and cool temps. Temps well below average with a considerable blocking pattern in place. The pattern does look to break for the second half of the month. More >>
  • Weather Lab-End of Feb./Early March Outlook

    Weather Lab-End of Feb./Early March Outlook

    Weather Lab-End of Feb./Early March Outlook

    Seasonal snow totals are above average through mid-February. The outlook for the rest of the month and into early March does not bode well for snow lovers. More >>
    Seasonal snow totals are above average through mid-February. The outlook for the rest of the month and into early March does not bode well for snow lovers. More >>
  • Weather Lab-Drought Update

    Weather Lab-Drought Update

    Weather Lab-Drought Update

    At the end of September, much of area had reached severe or extreme drought. After a wet month of October, progress has been made with most of the area now under just a moderate classification. More >>
    At the end of September, much of area had reached severe or extreme drought. After a wet month of October, progress has been made with most of the area now under just a moderate classification. More >>
  • Weather Lab-Fall Foliage

    Weather Lab-Fall Foliage

    Weather Lab-Fall Foliage

    Drought conditions may limit color and length of the Fall foliage season. More >>
    Drought conditions may limit color and length of the Fall foliage season. More >>
  • Weather Lab-Drought

    Weather Lab-Drought

    Weather Lab-Drought

    Our area continues to have drought conditions. Most of the area is in moderate drought, while areas north have severe drought. Dry conditions dating to back to the beginning of the year continue to enhance rainfall deficits.  More >>
    Our area continues to have drought conditions. Most of the area is in moderate drought, while areas north have severe drought. Dry conditions dating to back to the beginning of the year continue to enhance rainfall deficits.  More >>
  • Weather Lab-Rest of July Outlook

    Weather Lab-Rest of July Outlook

    Weather Lab-Rest of July Outlook

    After a very dry June with near normal high temps, the month of July will have slightly above average temps and precipitation. More >>
    After a very dry June with near normal high temps, the month of July will have slightly above average temps and precipitation. More >>
  • Weather Lab-2016 Hurricane Forecast

    Weather Lab-2016 Hurricane Forecast

    Weather Lab-2016 Hurricane Forecast

    Average hurricane season expected for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 season. More >>
    Average hurricane season expected for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 season. More >>
  • Weather Lab--Tornado Data

    Weather Lab--Tornado Data

    Weather Lab--Tornado Data

    Severe thunderstorms for our area bring mainly damaging winds, large hail and vivid lightning. Tornadoes are not something we usually think about, but since 1950 approximately 31 tornadoes have touched down in our area. In this lab, we talk about the tornadoes reported and some more notable tornadoes. More >>
    Severe thunderstorms for our area bring mainly damaging winds, large hail and vivid lightning. Tornadoes are not something we usually think about, but since 1950 approximately 31 tornadoes have touched down in our area. In this lab, we talk about the tornadoes reported and some more notable tornadoes. More >>
  • Weather Lab-Lightning Safety

    Weather Lab-Lightning Safety

    Weather Lab-Lightning Safety

    Most thunderstorms for our area deal with strong winds, small hail and dangerous lightning. About 25 million lightning strikes are reported in the U.S. yearly. Nearly 50 fatalities a year in the U.S. are caused by people being struck by lightning. More >>
    Most thunderstorms for our area deal with strong winds, small hail and dangerous lightning. About 25 million lightning strikes are reported in the U.S. yearly. Nearly 50 fatalities a year in the U.S. are caused by people being struck by lightning. More >>
  • Weather Lab - Flooding

    Weather Lab - Flooding

    Weather Lab - Flooding

    Heavy rainfall, especially during the Spring and Summer months, can cause flooding for our area. It is important to know the different kinds of floods and also the difference between a watch and a warning.

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    Heavy rainfall, especially during the Spring and Summer months, can cause flooding for our area. It is important to know the different kinds of floods and also the difference between a watch and a warning.

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  • Weather Lab-The Growing Season

    Weather Lab-The Growing Season

    Weather Lab-The Growing Season

    Temperatures can really mild or rather chilly through March. When we get a streak of warmer temperatures, it can be tempting to want to get the garden started early. Tender vegetation planted to early is not recommended until the end of April. More >>
    Temperatures can really mild or rather chilly through March. When we get a streak of warmer temperatures, it can be tempting to want to get the garden started early. Tender vegetation planted to early is not recommended until the end of April. More >>
  • Weather Lab-Meteorological Winter

    Weather Lab-Meteorological Winter

    Weather Lab-Meteorological Winter

    After the harsh Winter we had last year, this year our Winter was quite mild. Numerous records broken. Amazing warmth throughout December, January and February. More >>
    After the harsh Winter we had last year, this year our Winter was quite mild. Numerous records broken. Amazing warmth throughout December, January and February. More >>
  • October Temperatures

    October Temperatures

    October Temperatures

    October is a month of transition. A couple of cool days followed by a couple of mild days. Wardrobe selection can be come a chore with the huge fluctuations in temperature. Waking up with temperatures in the 30s and then a full day of sunshine can warm temperatures into the 60s for the afternoon. It can be frustrating. It happens every year and everyone always talks about the the crazy temperatures, but there is a reason why this happens.More >>
    October is a month of transition. A couple of cool days followed by a couple of mild days. Wardrobe selection can be come a chore with the huge fluctuations in temperature. Waking up with temperatures in the 30s and then a full day of sunshine can warm temperatures into the 60s for the afternoon. It can be frustrating. It happens every year and everyone always talks about the the crazy temperatures, but there is a reason why this happens.More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Good Neighbor Energy Fund

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Good Neighbor Energy Fund

    The Good Neighbor Energy Fund helps Rhode Islanders pay their heating bills when they are having trouble doing so. Their troubles could be due to a short term hardship that doesn't qualify them for state or federal aid. So when you get your yellow envelope in the mail with your heating bill, put a little something in the envelope and mail it back. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund has helped thousands of Rhode Islanders keep their families warm in the cold Winter season. Be a good neighbor. The G...More >>
    The Good Neighbor Energy Fund helps Rhode Islanders pay their heating bills when they are having trouble doing so. Their troubles could be due to a short term hardship that doesn't qualify them for state or federal aid. So when you get your yellow envelope in the mail with your heating bill, put a little something in the envelope and mail it back. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund has helped thousands of Rhode Islanders keep their families warm in the cold Winter season. Be a good neighbor. The G...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - 2014 Hurricane Season Recap

    ABC6 WeatherLab - 2014 Hurricane Season Recap

    With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season almost over, it's time to take a look back at the season, and also to verify the forecast that was given for this Hurricane Season back in the Spring. You might remember on a previous edition of WeatherLab, we took a look at the forecast for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which called for a rather quiet Hurricane Season, with below-normal numbers of named storms (8 to 13), hurricanes (3 to 6) and major hurricanes (1 to 2). Well, as we head into ear...More >>
    With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season almost over, it's time to take a look back at the season, and also to verify the forecast that was given for this Hurricane Season back in the Spring. You might remember on a previous edition of WeatherLab, we took a look at the forecast for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which called for a rather quiet Hurricane Season, with below-normal numbers of named storms (8 to 13), hurricanes (3 to 6) and major hurricanes (1 to 2). Well, as we head into ear...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - It's a Drought

    ABC6 WeatherLab - It's a Drought

    Here in Southern New England, it's not often that we're in a drought. And when we do fall under drought conditions, we're usually only one coastal storm away from getting out of it. Nevertheless, droughts can be serious business, affecting farms, drinking water and even the price of food. Well heading into October, much of the region finds itself in drought conditions, with all of RI being designated as having a moderate drought, while much of the surrounding area was "abnormally dry". Thinki...More >>
    Here in Southern New England, it's not often that we're in a drought. And when we do fall under drought conditions, we're usually only one coastal storm away from getting out of it. Nevertheless, droughts can be serious business, affecting farms, drinking water and even the price of food. Well heading into October, much of the region finds itself in drought conditions, with all of RI being designated as having a moderate drought, while much of the surrounding area was "abnormally dry". Thinki...More >>
  • ABC6 WeatherLab - Compare and Contrast

    ABC6 WeatherLab - Compare and Contrast

    On this edition of ABC6 WeatherLab, we're going to compare and contrast. First let's start with the month of September, or at least the first half of September. The month got off to a hot start with highs near 90 on each of the first 2 days. But the heat didn't stop there. When the first week was in the books, the average daily high temperature for Sept. 1st through Sept. 7th was a whopping 87.3 degrees! That's over 8 degrees warmer than normal. And it was also the hottest week of the entire ...More >>
    On this edition of ABC6 WeatherLab, we're going to compare and contrast. First let's start with the month of September, or at least the first half of September. The month got off to a hot start with highs near 90 on each of the first 2 days. But the heat didn't stop there. When the first week was in the books, the average daily high temperature for Sept. 1st through Sept. 7th was a whopping 87.3 degrees! That's over 8 degrees warmer than normal. And it was also the hottest week of the entire ...More >>
  • 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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