Your RI Weather Today, Dec. 22, 2021 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

A coastal low pressure system rides into town overnight with some brief pre-dawn rain, and then some midday showers as the low center passes just to our east.

A vigorous push of cool air comes in behind the system with gusty northwesterly breezes approaching 30 mph in the early afternoon, resulting in plunging dew points and rapid clearing for the rest of the day and evening.

Winds will stay up through the night, gusting 25-30 mph as temps fall to the low 30’s from afternoon highs in the mid and upper 40’s.


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.