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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.

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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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The Education Blog
8:56 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Snow Snarls Return from Winter Break

Providence school officials plan to start classes as scheduled Thursday, despite the first flakes of a major winter snowstorm. Like many public schools, Providence reopens for the first time Thursday after winter vacation.

District officials say they will watch for an afternoon weather update before finalizing a decision about Friday. Families and employees will likely receive notifications from the district on Thursday afternoon.

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Weather
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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Weather
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
12:20 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

First Big Snow Of The Season Heading Toward Rhode Island

Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.

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.  By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon, the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow. 

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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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Weather
7:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

A Winter Weather Mix in RI for Tuesday

A mix of rain and snow falls on much of Rhode Island Tuesday.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that is currently coming down around Rhode Island is making the roads slippery.  National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham says this mix will continue throughout the first part of the morning.

Get the latest information about delays and cancelations here.

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Morning News Podcast
10:53 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Snow and heavy winds are in the forecast for today. There are varying opinions about a proposed corporate tax rate cut.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
And Bill Gale previews Festival Ballet Providence’s program coming this weekend to the Vets in Providence.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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