Blustery day with periods of showers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — No thanks to the huge Nor’Easter spinning over Bermuda today, we’ll continue dealing with a gusty wind, but not as fierce as the 40 to 50 mph gusts eastern New England dealt with yesterday when the storm was closer.

Expect flurries or a scattered snow/sleet showers today. Some breaks of sun and less wind tomorrow and then sunshine returns Wednesday as high pressure builds in. The next storm approaches Thursday with a steady rain lasting into Friday. No arctic air or snow event in the 7  days ahead.

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TODAY: Mixed showers of snow, sleet, and rain through the afternoon. Mostly cloudy and windy. Highs in the mid 30s.

TONIGHT: Cloudy and breezy. Lows near 30.

TUESDAY: Some sunshine for the first half of the day with increasing PM clouds and a scattered light rain shower in the evening. Highs mid 40s.

WEDNESDAY: Morning sunshine to increasing clouds. Highs near 50°!

THURSDAY: Steady rain. Highs in the 40s

FRIDAY: Showers, possibly mixing with snow, 30s.

La Nina (opposite of El Nino and one of the reasons for our mild, snow-less winter) occurs periodically. This year it’s back.

La Nina 1

Much like upwelling at our shoreline, the cooler water just below the surface rises when the warm surface water is pushed away by the trade winds. At our Rhode Island beaches, when there’s a land breeze, the same effect happens on a smaller scale. Warmer gulf stream waters are pushed away from the shoreline and cooler water at greater depths along the continental shelf rise to the surface.

La Nina 2

Those fast winds at about 5 miles up govern our weather pattern and this is pretty close to what we’ve had this winter so far. We’ll have to see whether La Nina conditions wane in February and March. If they do, that pattern may turn more wintry than spring-like.

No arctic air is in the forecast this week and at that point, January, our normally coldest month, is just about done. There is an indication that winter cold and the chance for snow may be in the offing  after next weekend as we prepare to welcome February.

La Nina Jet

 

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