spring http://ripr.org en Looks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter http://ripr.org/post/looks-spring-feels-winter <p>Rhode Islanders may have had to dig those winter coats back out this morning.</p><p></p><p>After a warm weekend, with highs in the sixties, residents woke up to sleet, and icy windshields.</p><p>The National Weather Service reports that temperatures dropped into the low thirties overnight, with just under a half inch of precipitation measured at T.F. Green Airport.</p><p>And though the skies have cleared up temperatures are expected to hover in the forties Wednesday, with lows in the twenties.&nbsp; Only slightly warmer weather is predicted for the rest of the week.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:10:14 +0000 John Bender 32135 at http://ripr.org Looks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter RI Could Get Less Snow Than Expected http://ripr.org/post/ri-could-get-less-snow-expected <p>The National Weather Service has reported that this week's upcoming snowstorm will be less intense than originally expected, with the state receiving just 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.</p><p>National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson says that although there have been more storms than usual this winter, the amount of snow is not out of the ordinary.</p><p>"It's not that unusual. It's not record-breaking snow, it's not record-breaking cold, but it has been pretty persistent. It's lasting into the first week of spring and maybe almost into early April."</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:35:07 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31015 at http://ripr.org Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/springtime-snow-way-rhode-island <p>After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures.&nbsp; And now snow is on the way.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday.&nbsp; Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:12:31 +0000 John Bender 30931 at http://ripr.org Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI http://ripr.org/post/protecting-eastern-bluebird-ri <p>As spring arrives in the Ocean State it’s important to monitor your bird houses.</p><p>The Eastern bluebird, a native to southern New England, has been on the steady decline since the late 1800’s.&nbsp; This is in part due to the introduction of the House Sparrow from Europe.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Islanders can help the Bluebird population by staying vigilant, says Linton Harrington, of the non-profit environmental group the Trustees of Reservations.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:16:34 +0000 John Bender 11758 at http://ripr.org Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI