Record rains and flooding swamp Rhode Island and Massachusetts

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:58 PM GMT en Marzo 31, 2010

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Record rains from a slow-moving and extremely wet Nor'easter have triggered historic flooding in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, with several rivers exceeding their 100-year flood levels. The 16.32" of rain that has fallen on Providence, Rhode Island, this month is the most rain recorded in any month, besting the previous record of 15.38" set in October 2005. Blue Hill Observatory in SE Massachusetts also set a record for wettest month ever, with 18.79" (previous record: 18.78", August 1955.) Records extend back to 1905 and 1885 at the two sites. The Rhode Island all-time state record for heaviest precipitation in a month was smashed as well, thanks to the 19.62" observed this March at North Kingstown. The old state record was 16.70", set at North Foster in October 2005. Many locations in the Northeast recorded their wettest March ever, including New York City and Boston.


Figure 1. Observed precipitation for the month of March. Image credit: NOAA.

From a historical perspective, river flooding in parts of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts is expected to rival or exceed the all-time record floods of August 1955, when Hurricanes Connie and Diane hit within one week of each other. Several rivers in the region that set their all-time flood heights just two weeks have set new records this week. It's pretty remarkable that we are having record rainfall and record flooding in the cold season month of March. It's much easier to set records in August, when there is much more moisture in the air available for record rains.

Here is a summary of the major flooding occurring, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

* Pawtuxet River in Rhode Island...flooding will exceed what occurred in middle March. Record-shattering flooding is forecast along the Pawtuxet River through Thursday. Records at the Cranston gauge date back to 1939.

* Blackstone River in Rhode Island...flooding at Woonsocket is forecast to be the worst flooding since the flooding associated with Connie and Diane in 1955. However...due to the heavier rains which have fallen below Woonsocket...flood impacts approaching the 1955 event may be realized.

* Charles River at Dover Massachusetts...near record flooding is forecast. This is expected to be the worst flooding since the flooding associated with Connie and Diane in 1955.

* Neponset River at Norwood Massachusetts...major flooding has already occurred...with a crest of 11.2 feet. This crest is well below the record crest of 14.65 feet which occurred in August 1955 with Connie and Diane.

* Sudbury at Saxonville Massachusetts...record flooding is forecast. This will be the worst flooding since the April 1987 flood.

While the storm responsible for the rains has moved out to sea, there will be a prolonged period of urban and small stream flooding...which should last for at least a couple of days. To keep track of the flood situation, use our wundermap with the USGS river layer turned on.

Severe weather season is here
Two tornadoes occurred near Charlotte, NC on Sunday, March 28, 2010. One of these twisters passed within a few miles of one of the FAA's high-resolution TDWR Doppler radars. Our tornado expert, Dr. Rob Carver, has written an excellent post showing high-resolution images and animations of this tornado.

I'll have a new post on April Fool's Day.
Jeff Masters

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218. stillwaiting
2:24 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
jeff-we:orlando averages less than 2" of rain in the month of may,then 4" in june,8" in july and around 12" in august.....I would say orlando's rainy season is climatologically speaking runs mid-june thru mid-sept and that storms not ida!!! may 20th 09 extra tropical storm check 1st post pic



OH YEA, NEEEEW BLOGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!
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216. TampaTom
12:36 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
OK, heading over to Orlando for the NHC... Should be there about noon

Y'all behave :-)
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215. breald
12:25 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:
ZCZC MIATCPAT1 ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION ONE ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012010
500 AM EDT THU APRIL 1 2010

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE EAST/CENTRAL ATLANTIC...

SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES THAT THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE HAD LOST IT EXTRATROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND HAS GAINED ENOUGH TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND HAS NOW BECOME A TROPICAL
DEPRESSION...THE FIRST OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON.

AT 500 AM EDT...900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ONE
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 38.0 WEST OR ABOUT
300 MILES...804.7 KM...NORTHWEST OF CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 15 MPH...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT 24-48 HOURS.
THE DEPRESSION IS NOT EXPECTED TO THREATEN ANY LAND AREAS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH...48 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. THE DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM OVER
THE NEXT DAY OR SO...BUT THEN IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN OR DISSIPATE
OVER COLDER WATERS BY SATURDAY.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1010 MB...29.83 INCHES.

...SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT INFORMATION...
LOCATION...27.3N 38.0W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NORTHEAST OR 50 DEGREES AT 15 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1010 MB

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER WUNDERKIDCAYMAN

NNNN





LOL....Good one.
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214. wunderkidcayman
12:21 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Jeff9641:


Nice one Cayman and I'm glad you got some warm rain yesterday!

still have that smile on my face
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212. wunderkidcayman
12:16 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
I KNOW I AM VERY GOOD
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211. MiamiHurricanes09
12:13 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting ftpiercecane:

I had to rub my eyes for a minute on that one. Good one.
One of the reasons it was so good is because there actually is something there look at the coordinates he put.

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210. MiamiHurricanes09
12:08 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:


WELL IF PEOPLE READ THEY WILL KONW THAT THERE IS NO FORCASTER AT THE NHC BY THE NAME WUNDERKIDCAYMAN
By the way, that was done very well, Happy April Fools!
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209. ftpiercecane
12:03 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:
OK AND HAPPY APRILS FOOLS

I had to rub my eyes for a minute on that one. Good one.
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208. wunderkidcayman
12:01 PM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
why would you post something like that when it looks exactly like NHC - You really should try to change the look to prevent any confusion


WELL IF PEOPLE READ THEY WILL KONW THAT THERE IS NO FORCASTER AT THE NHC BY THE NAME WUNDERKIDCAYMAN
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206. wunderkidcayman
11:58 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
OK AND HAPPY APRILS FOOLS
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205. Thundercloud01221991
11:56 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
why would you post something like that when it looks exactly like NHC - You really should try to change the look to prevent any confusion
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200. xcool
6:02 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
huh
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199. Seastep
4:19 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
No offense, Tim.
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198. FirstCoastMan
4:08 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Dr. Klotzbach thinks that the upcoming hurricane season will likely be "well above average".He stated this today at the hurricane conference today.
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197. Levi32
4:03 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Night Chicklit and Maryland :)
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196. AwakeInMaryland
4:01 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
I'da better get some winks myself.
Good night, all. That was fun.
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195. Levi32
3:58 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting stillwaiting:
that pics a extra tropical storm may 20th 09'


That's Ida...lol.
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194. Chicklit
3:54 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Okay, over and out.
Call tomorrow or you're a freeloader.
I've done my part, so am not in that category.
Shaun's show, right?
Yeah, I think it's Tim & Shaun.
Here's the Link
No excuses.
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193. stillwaiting
3:54 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
that pics a extra tropical storm may 20th 09'
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192. Seastep
3:54 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Chicklit:

omg he called into Jeff Masters' radio show Tuesday and they about hung up on him.
You guys, if you don't call tomorrow, then you're freeloaders. Show the Doc some support!
It was the tube guy and Masters' daughter, that was it. Get off your kiesters and call dammit. I'm not calling because I'm a social person, not a meteorological whiz. And have nothing intelligent to say. So c'mon.
Get your act together and call at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow to the Wunderground Radio show.


I'll try and I am with you on this. Shaun's show, right?
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191. AwakeInMaryland
3:52 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Tubes? Oh, you mean the Tunnels? OMG, I saw some of that... I was flabbergasted...maps and graphs and if one ounce of that brainpower had been put to good use, he might have had the cure for the common cold, LOL!

Funniest old stuff I ever saw was re-posted by TornadoDude from "StormTop's Dad" and "Stormtop's Mom." I have never laughed at the blogs that hard before or since then!
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190. stillwaiting
3:50 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
this is the storm jeff was talking about,I think?????,lol;)


seriously though,its impossible to predict a storm that far away and the end of june begining of july is FL's hottest time of year,not may...historically speaking(right before fl's rainy season which is usually july-sept)
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189. Seastep
3:50 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Chicklit:
Seastep, you are so totally wrong.
This year is going to be a humdinger, by all indications. The Caribbean needs the rain.


I know. Wishcasting. :)
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188. Levi32
3:50 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting snotly:


Did anyone mention TUBES?

Who used to always post stuff about tubes stopping hurricanes?


He still is LOL.
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187. Chicklit
3:50 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting snotly:


Did anyone mention TUBES?

Who used to always post stuff about tubes stopping hurricanes?

omg he called into Jeff Masters' radio show Tuesday and they about hung up on him.
You guys, if you don't call tomorrow, then you're freeloaders. Show the Doc some support!
It was the tube guy and Masters' daughter, that was it. Get off your kiesters and call dammit. I'm not calling because I'm a social person, not a meteorological whiz. And have nothing intelligent to say. So c'mon.
Get your act together and call at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow to the Wunderground Radio show.
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186. Seastep
3:50 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Chicklit:
JFV had a "kick me" sign on his back.
I'll admit he lost me when he plagiarized someone else's forecast.


Inexcusable, but he has always added life to the blog. Those, and other types of posts, are far and few between.

Did I just excuse him? ;)

To me, come on and have some fun, especially since we all know exactly what it's all about. No need for him to do that, really. Win-win.

He'll be baaaack. (Arnold voice)
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185. Levi32
3:49 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Levi, Lefty's a hoot! He came in briefly this past winter with pics of himself in one of the many weird snowstorms...it was fun to get to meet him, as I was not lucky enough to be here in the good ol' bad ol' bad hurricane days of '05 etc.

Yeah, Chicklit, I don't understand at all the plagiarizing on a blog instead of just giving a credit or attribution...shoot, it's easy enough, we all do it for research papers, and we're not going for a Ph.D. here -- just trying to get accurate info out and maybe have some good discussions and exercise some brain cells.


Wow lol I didn't know he ever came on here after that.

Looking back.....it was pretty funny lol. This was when TD 10(Katrina) was just developing.

Lefty liked to disagree with everyone and his grammar along with stormtop's was just hilarious. The discussion continues on several of the previous pages of that blog. The annoying thing is Stormtop's radical prediction for Katrina came true nearly perfectly, except for the trajectory at landfall.
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184. snotly
3:47 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


Man....I've been reading some of the old blogs. I miss the old gang....and boy did some funny things happen back then lol.


Did anyone mention TUBES?

Who used to always post stuff about tubes stopping hurricanes?
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183. Chicklit
3:46 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Seastep, you are so totally wrong.
This year is going to be a humdinger, by all indications. The Caribbean needs the rain.
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182. AwakeInMaryland
3:45 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Levi, Lefty's a hoot! He came in briefly this past winter with pics of himself in one of the many weird snowstorms...it was fun to get to meet him, as I was not lucky enough to be here in the good ol' bad ol' bad hurricane days of '05 etc.

Yeah, Chicklit, I don't understand at all the plagiarizing on a blog instead of just giving a credit or attribution...shoot, it's easy enough, we all do it for research papers, and we're not going for a Ph.D. here -- just trying to get accurate info out and maybe have some good discussions and exercise some brain cells.
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181. Seastep
3:44 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
I seriously think we're in for another 2009.

I'm going with 5.5 for SSIG's scale.

So I don't jinx it, though, 20/10/5 is my prediction, contrary to the 5.5.

Last year for me, off the top of my head was 16/5/2.
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180. Chicklit
3:42 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Last time I saw Stromtop on here he was in the Bahamas having a mohito.
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179. Levi32
3:40 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:

More than one of us missed him compared to the GW/CC bickering.


Oh what I'd give to have another fight with Stormtop instead of an AGW argument lol. I actually really enjoyed beating up trolls. If I wasn't caught up in being too immature, I could sometimes tie them up so tight they couldn't think of anything to say. Kept things interesting....

Another guy I remember is Lefty420, but I can't quite recall how much of an expert he was on the tropics. I remember he and Stormtop were arch-enemies and argued constantly, but how much accurate info was in those arguments, I'm not sure. I'll have to look that up and see. One thing I do know, is that he had very poor grammar lol. Stormtop and his capitalz wasn't far behind him either.
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178. Chicklit
3:38 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
JFV had a "kick me" sign on his back.
I'll admit he lost me when he plagiarized someone else's forecast.
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177. Levi32
3:37 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Chicklit:
The most memorable part of last hurricane season was Ike posting "More Nothing" every day from the NWS site and Patrap posting his "Nuthin" cartoons. That pretty much summed it up. Then there was Weather456 keeping everything going and interesting with his analysis of what little there was going on. I think we exhausted him with that. He really was a hero last year. And this year he's having a baby!


I know! I'm happy for him :) He will be sorely missed though. He had an amazing knowledge of tropical waves and how to analyze them over Africa. That was his biggest strength.
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176. Seastep
3:36 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Nuthin's Loved it!
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175. AwakeInMaryland
3:36 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Seastep:
I like JFV overall.

More than one of us missed him compared to the GW/CC bickering.
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174. Chicklit
3:34 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Levi32, intelligent discussion is interesting!
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173. Levi32
3:32 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


:) BTW, last season was ONLY interesting for meteorologists, really. You've never heard so much whining about what a dead hurricane season it was.

Personally, Hurr. Bill scared me plenty enough...that was just too close for comfort!


Lol yeah I bet, and now that I think about it that's exactly why there were probably no trolls either. They will come out if there's a big storm threatening the U.S. or an active season getting underway.
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172. Levi32
3:31 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Chicklit:
Man....I've been reading some of the old blogs. I miss the old gang....and boy did some funny things happen back then lol. Levi32

I found GulfScotsman entertaining.
(caricature of the drunken sailor), at least he played that role even if he became a big abusive at times...and went over the top.
I find the characters on this blog as interesting as many I've met in real life.
By the way, I think Jeff Masters must like you Levi, for your tenacity and willingness to study. You are also good at telling others what is going on.
Just decide what you're going to do and go with it. Not everyone will ever agree with you anyway, so you might as well do what your conscience dictates.


Oh yeah it's been downright entertaining on here at times.

Well thanks Chicklit, but I can't imagine the doctor having any fondness for me lol. I will indeed continue to find my own way....I don't care much for following the consensus just because it's the consensus. We'll all keep learning more and hopefully get closer to the truth.
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171. Chicklit
3:30 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
The most memorable part of last hurricane season was Ike posting "More Nothing" every day from the NWS site and Patrap posting his "Nuthin" cartoons. That pretty much summed it up. Then there was Weather456 keeping everything going and interesting with his analysis of what little there was going on. I think we exhausted him with that. He really was a hero last year. He even gave us a tour of the Antilles Islands. And this year he's having a baby!
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170. AwakeInMaryland
3:28 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


Lol Maryland.


:) BTW, last season was ONLY interesting for meteorologists, really. You've never heard so much whining about what a dead hurricane season it was.

Personally, Hurr. Bill scared me plenty enough...that was just too close for comfort!
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169. Seastep
3:27 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
I like JFV overall.
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168. Levi32
3:26 AM GMT en Abril 01, 2010
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
after this summer ice extend will be the lowest of all just because ice extend is in a rebuilding phase most is first year ice or as my grandfather would call it slop ice mostly slush fast melting quick to form fast to thaw


Yeah, this summer will likely dip below normal again, but the fact that the winters are holding their own does mean something, and it will be worth watching as we head into a La Nina this winter, which should translate to more sea ice overall during the following 2-3 years.
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