spring http://ripr.org en Allergy Season Expected To Be Especially Harsh http://ripr.org/post/allergy-season-expected-be-especially-harsh <p>Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:58:34 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 33205 at http://ripr.org Allergy Season Expected To Be Especially Harsh 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