Cold Temperatures Heading Our Way

Jan 6, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island has been basking in unusually warm temperatures for a January day. According to the National Weather Service, most parts of the state were in the low 50’s throughout Monday.  But a big change is just around the corner.

Rhode Island has been on a weather rollercoaster for the last four days.  The temperature has swung from a near record low last week to a comfortable 50-plus degrees Monday. But National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley says it will get very cold tonight and will remain so through Thursday.

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.  

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Dec 23, 2013
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?

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. 

Wintery Weather Hits Rhode Island

Dec 9, 2013
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.

Heat Wave Expected to Last for the Week

Jul 15, 2013

Our heat wave is expected to persist throughout the rest of the work week.  Temperatures will remain, at least, in the lower 90s until Friday. 

Bill Simpson is the Spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Boston.  Under these conditions, he recommends for everyone to stay hydrated and indoors as much as possible.  Simpson also states the worst time to be outside is as the weather peaks at its highest temperature.

Cooling Centers Open for Public

Jul 9, 2013

The State Department of Environmental Management has listed the local communities that have opened public cooling centers.  The centers are meant for those seeking some relief from the heat and humidity. 

RIEMA spokesperson Annemarie Beardsworth states that there are various public venues people can turn to for a break from the weather.

“Many of them are in libraries.  There are some communities that utilize their senior center or their town hall.  And each of those cities and towns sends us a listing of where the cooling centers are in their community.”

Rhode Island Weather: A Heat Wave?

May 31, 2013

If you’ve stepped outside today, you’ve most likely wanted to step back inside as the temperature in parts of Rhode Island is into the low 90’s.

The high temperatures are expected to extend through Sunday, with highs into the low 90’s and high 80’s.

Though the term “heat wave” has been thrown around, Allen Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says there must be three consecutive days of 90 degree weather for a heat wave.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

This is the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire.  Southwest RI looks to make repairs by the summer tourist season.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus Reporter Flo Jonic recalls her experiences covering the Station Nightclub fire. 

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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feb 7, 2013
Snowfall in Hope, RI
Susan Greenhalgh

Winter Storm Nemo is heading our way.  Making sure veterans have what they need as they return to civilian life.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jan 31, 2013

Heavy winds, heavy rain, and warmer than usual temperatures.  We have an interesting start to  the day.  State education officials are defending standardized test scores as a requirement for high school diplomas. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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

High winds, heavy rain

Jan 31, 2013
Lydia Rogers

RI and southeast MA are under a high wind warning this morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham warns that this morning’s gusts are going to make the going tough for drivers.

“It's a bit of a wild one," Dunham says, "TF Green Airport had a wind gust to 56 miles an hour, so there’s some strong winds out there."

Dunham says there are branches down on roadways, and he urges drivers to use caution.

Cold weather creates overcrowding in shelters

Jan 25, 2013
Downtown Providence during snowfall
Aaron Read

We’re about to get a slight break from the Arctic cold we’ve been enduring.  Until then, Rhode Island area shelters are bursting at the seams as the homeless seek shelter from single digit temperatures. 

Downtown Providence
Lydia Rogers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The National Weather Service says the snow will stop and it will be cold the rest of the week.  For the latest information on RI school closings and delays click here. 

Slippery roads and school delays

Jan 16, 2013
Lydia Rogers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) There are many delayed openings for local schools this morning.  And there is no school for Foster-Glocester.  For a complete list click here.

Prepare for a slippery, snowy commute this morning according to National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten.   She says the amount of snow will vary through-out the state.  She expects the Providence area will get two-to-four inches of snow.