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RI Weather Today & Summer Outlook – June 21, 2022 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

As a warm front approaches from the west, cloud cover will be increasing, particularly later in the evening with the slight chance of showers during the overnight hours. Morning lows in the mid 50’s rise to the mid 70’s with a southeasterly breeze gusting to 25 mph.

Summer Solstice occurs at precisely 5:14am. That is, the Sun will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer, meaning that this is the longest day of the year, with 15 hours, 13 minutes and 16 seconds between sunrise and sunset. Now we head in the other direction on an inexorable march toward Winter.

Also, our Summer outlook according to the Climate Prediction Center will be above normal for both Heat and Precipitation. We are in a La Nina year, so cooler than normal eastern Pacific waters which means a more wave-like jetstream leading to more stormy conditions in these parts.


John Donnelly was born in Hialeah, Florida and moved back to Rhode Island and settled in Johnston, where he grew up until graduating from Lyndon State College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. As a child John always wanted to know how air moved, and he ran towards, not away from, thunder and lighting and various other ominous weather phenomena. He returned in 2001 to the old family neighborhood of Elmhurst where the McCabe’s, Donnelly’s, Walker’s and Callan’s have been since after the Civil War.

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