9:22 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm

Snow is expected to start falling at the rate of an inch an hour in some parts of the state Thursday morning.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.

Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.

“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.  You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.

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1:28 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Dropping Temperatures Causing Serious Plumbing Problems In RI

Temperatures in the teens are causing water pipes to burst all over Rhode Island. Plumbers statewide are flat out responding to an upsurge in calls for help.

A Cranston-based plumbing company says its call volume has increased 70 percent because of cold weather-related water pipe ruptures.  Carlos Cardeal, a foreman at Statewide Plumbing and Heating, says 99 percent of all pipe breaks can be attributed to two causes: a lack of insulation in the home and keeping the temperature of the house too low.

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Engineer's Corner
4:58 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

TheEC: Digital "Chirps" on 88.1

PCAU cards. Left is WELH's Main STL encoder. Right is an unused spare.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

UPDATE (Jan.10):  Verizon sent a trio of techs today to examine the Digital Lines.  They found a splice point on a pole near the Wheeler Farm end of the circuit where water had gotten past the weatherproofing.  The splice was re-done, with fresh (and better) weatherproofing sealant applied, and a weather box placed around it.

That's likely the culprit here: the problems started during the snowstorm, so probably water got in there and expanded/contracted repeatedly as the water froze and melted.  That expansion wreaks havoc with (relatively) fragile copper telco wiring.

As of 3pm we are back on our main STL.  We've noticed the volume levels seemed to have changed somewhat with this repair, too, so we're still tweaking things.


ORIGINAL POST (Jan.3): Ever since the hefty snowstorm and extreme cold on Thursday night, our 88.1 signal in Providence has been experiencing "digital chirps" now and then.  

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4:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Rhode Islanders Dig Out, Warm Up

A snow plow clears streets in Cranston.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The first snowstorm of 2014 may not have delivered all the snow we expected. But it has delivered the searing cold.  

Here's how Ocean Staters are digging out and staying warm.

Paul Caminero spent the morning shoveling snow in downtown Providence. But staying outside this long, in this kind of cold? That required some preparation.

“I’ve basically thrown on everything I can,” laughed Caminero. “I’ve got on two pairs of pants, gloves, North Face jacket, hoodie.”

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8:40 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Winter Storm 2014, Continuing Coverage And Closings Updates

Ricky Rucker and Robert Chico dig out in Cranston
Ambar Epsinoza RIPR

Rhode Islanders are digging out of the first snow storm of 2014. Six to 10 inches of snow fell Thursday into Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter chill advisory for the region as wind chills are expected to reach -15, with a high around 14 degrees. Forecasters predict the snow will taper off around 10:00am, winds will pick up reaching 20 mph.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he’s pleased with how the state handled the first snow storm of the year. With crews out keeping roads clear, his concern now is the bitter cold that’s gripped the state.

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9:44 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Rhode Island has already seen a little snow this season, but that doesn't mean we'll see a White Christmas.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

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RI News
9:13 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Proposed Changes To Utility Shut-Off Rules In RI

Advocates for the poor are raising concerns about proposed changes in Rhode Island’s utility shut-off rules.

For years, Rhode Island law has forbidden utility shutoffs from November 1st through April 15th. Under new rules being considered by the state Public Utilities Commission, that window would be closed April 1st and people would have earn less to be protected.

Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center, a non-profit that advocates for the poor, said an April 1st moratorium shutoff is far too early for chilly New England.

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RI News
10:50 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Tuesday's Snowfall Is Expected To Stick Around

A snowy commute this morning for our healthcare reporter Kristin Gourlay.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island is under a winter weather advisory until 5 pm this afternoon.

Charles Foley of the National Weather service says, that Southern New Englanders should prepare for the first good snowfall of the season.

"I think we’re looking at the first plow-able snow event this year, we expect snow to begin around 9 to 10 o’clock this morning, ending around 5 this afternoon,” said Foley.

Two to four inches of snow are predicted to accumulate, and could prove to be a problem for the morning commute.

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RI News
9:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Wintery Weather Hits Rhode Island

Wintery mix hits Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The calendar still says autumn but it sure is looking like winter out there. You’re waking up to a mixture of snow and sleet which may make the morning commute a challenge. National Weather Service meteorologist Hayden Frank says the afternoon commute will be much easier.

"We’ll see a transition from the snow and sleet to rain as we work through Monday morning but the Monday morning commute will be messy because we will be dealing with a mixture of snow and sleet at the time," said Frank on Sunday.

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RI News
9:26 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Rhode Islanders: The Winter Is Coming

Remember this? Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence after the February 2013 blizzard. Goodbye summer.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

If the National Weather Service is correct, we’re just hours away from the first snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers to begin Monday and continue through tomorrow morning.  Meteorologist Bill Simpson says an Arctic front is moving into southern New England.

"With that Arctic front there could be some snow showers. It won’t be accumulating but any time you have some snow showers with an Arctic front it could snow pretty hard for a short period of time – just enough to make the roads slippery," said Simpson. 

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