storm http://ripr.org en Local Environmental Leaders Call For Better Water Management http://ripr.org/post/local-environmental-leaders-call-better-water-management <p>Environmental agency directors and city managers focused on the urgent need to invest in wastewater infrastructure, stormwater management, and flood prevention at a meeting last night.</p><p>The nonprofit Save The Bay hosted its annual legislative briefing.&nbsp; Executive director Jonathan Stone said many groups are working together to ensure the general assembly approves Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 75-million-dollar clean water bond.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28960 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet http://ripr.org/post/snow-falling-ri-turning-sleet <p>Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>A list of closings and parking bans </strong><a href="http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms">can be found here</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 28629 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/storm-dumps-nearly-foot-snow-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.</p><p>National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:15:58 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 27941 at http://ripr.org Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island TheEC: Digital "Chirps" on 88.1 http://ripr.org/post/theec-digital-chirps-881 <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE (Jan.10):</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; Verizon sent a trio of techs today to examine the Digital Lines. &nbsp;They found a splice point on a pole near the Wheeler Farm end of the circuit where water had gotten past the weatherproofing. &nbsp;The splice was re-done, with fresh (and better) weatherproofing sealant applied, and a weather box placed around it.</span></p><p>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. &nbsp;That expansion wreaks havoc with (relatively) fragile copper telco wiring.</p><p>As of 3pm we are back on our main STL. &nbsp;We've noticed the volume levels seemed to have changed somewhat with this repair, too, so we're still tweaking things.</p><p>----------------------------</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>ORIGINAL POST (Jan.3):&nbsp;</strong>Ever since the </span><a href="http://ripr.org/post/winter-storm-2014-continuing-coverage-and-closings-updates" style="line-height: 1.5;">hefty snowstorm and extreme cold on Thursday night</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, our 88.1 signal in Providence has been experiencing "digital chirps" now and then. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:58:44 +0000 Aaron Read 27187 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Digital "Chirps" on 88.1 Rhode Islanders Dig Out, Warm Up http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-dig-out-warm <p>The first snowstorm of 2014 may not have delivered <em>all</em> the snow we expected. But it <em>has</em> delivered the searing cold. &nbsp;</p><p>Here's how Ocean Staters are digging out and staying warm.</p><p>Paul Caminero spent the morning shoveling snow in downtown Providence. But staying outside this long, in this kind of cold? <em>That</em> required some preparation.</p><p>“I’ve basically thrown on everything I can,” laughed Caminero. “I’ve got on two pairs of pants, gloves, North Face jacket, hoodie.”</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:01:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27174 at http://ripr.org Rhode Islanders Dig Out, Warm Up Winter Storm 2014, Continuing Coverage And Closings Updates http://ripr.org/post/winter-storm-2014-continuing-coverage-and-closings-updates <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:40:34 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 27100 at http://ripr.org Winter Storm 2014, Continuing Coverage And Closings Updates First Big Snow Of The Season Heading Toward Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/first-big-snow-season-heading-toward-rhode-island <p>Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.</p><p>The Weather Service said a low-end Nor’easter will arrive in Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, bringing snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour along the coast.&nbsp; By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon,&nbsp;the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:20:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 26172 at http://ripr.org Why WCVY was Off the Air for a Few Days http://ripr.org/post/why-wcvy-was-air-few-days <div>When you’re a broadcast engineer, you get used to receiving calls at odd hours proclaiming things that tend to fall outside the bounds of “normal.” &nbsp; It’s just the nature of the job. &nbsp; But even your intrepid engineer can be surprised sometimes. &nbsp;Friday morning, August 23rd, was one of those times.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br><br>That morning I got a call informing me that WCVY, our 91.5FM signal for much of Kent County, was off the air.<br><br>Why was it off the air?<br><br><a href="http://www.abc6.com/story/23231541/storm-causes-damage-to-coventry-high-school-roof">The roof collapsed and rain got in</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br><br>Say what?<br>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Aaron Read 21030 at http://ripr.org Why WCVY was Off the Air for a Few Days Rhode Islanders to Receive Food Aid for Storm Losses http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-receive-food-aid-storm-losses <p>Help is coming to Rhode Island residents who receive food assistance, or SNAP, benefits and lost food supplies during the recent storm power outages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide up to $2.1 million dollars to assist communities hit hardest by the storm.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:10:06 +0000 Julie Safford 10737 at http://ripr.org Chamber Wants Businesses Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Repaired by Summer http://ripr.org/post/chamber-wants-businesses-damaged-superstorm-sandy-repaired-summer <p>The Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber is working to raise $400,000 to make sure area businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy are up and running by Memorial Day. &nbsp;</p><p>Chamber executive director Lisa Konicki says the storm seriously damaged some 29 businesses, and most of them have yet to see a dime from their insurance companies.</p><p>Funds raised by the chamber will help businesses remove sand, repair damage and replace inventory before the tourist start arriving.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:31:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 10604 at http://ripr.org Chamber Wants Businesses Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Repaired by Summer