Sunday, January 2, 2011
Here's a look back at the snowy week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2.
A blizzard blankets Portsmouth in a foot of snow. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. rallies for America's Cup to be held in Newport. And, we welcomed in 2011 with a splash! Here's a look back at the week of Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 2, 2011: Monday Blizzard Conditions to Continue Today The snow fall may have slowed significantly from the weekend storm, but gusty winds and blizzard conditions continued on Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of "heavy snow and potentially damaging winds...with considerable blowing and drifting of snow." Photos: Cleanup is 'Snow' Problem in Portsmouth Freezing temperatures and gusty winds couldn't keep homeowners from clearing driveways and shoveling snow off cars Monday …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Here are some ways to give wild birds the food, water and shelter they need to survive a storm.
On Sunday morning as the snow began to fall the birds were out foraging for food, trying to store lots of calories before the storm. There were hundreds of starlings in the open patches of grass, scavenging for insects or seeds. Robins were in the branches of the Winterberry Holly, or Ilex verticillata, gobbling up the red berries. To survive a storm like this, the birds need to keep their body temperatures up, which means they need to expend little energy and consume lots of food. They also need to find some type of shelter in the worst parts of the storm. Nesting boxes, thick shrubs or brush piles can give them the cover they need. I used to designate an area in my yard as wild in order to provide shelter and cover for the birds. My yard…
Here are several pictures of the snow storms submitted by Portsmouth residents.
We asked and you answered the call! We asked for the best winter storm photos from around Portsmouth and residents were quick to respond. Featured below in the photo gallery are the many pictures received as of Thursday, Jan. 27. There's also still time to submit your own storm photos. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
Island Park residents take to the hills for sledding Monday at Hathaway Elementary School.
Some Island Park youths used Sunday and Monday's blizzard as an opportunity to make some cash by shoveling driveways. Other residents decided to tackle the hills at Hathaway Elementary School for the season's first sledding experience. Featured below are pictures from around Island Park on Monday as residents cleaned up after the winter storm. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Residents of Common Fence Point, which saw many power outages Sunday evening, clean up and have fun after the blizzard of 2010.
Common Fence Point residents were hard at work cleaning up after Sunday and Monday's blizzard dropped a foot of snow on the region. Below are some of the higlights from Monday's cleanup, including one resident helping to rescue a little bird. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind advisory through midnight tonight. Down power lines and tree limbs are possible.
The snow may have ceased falling, but gusty winds tonight could wreck additional havoc on an already snow-exhausted island. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind warning, which will continue through midnight tonight. According to the NWS, winds could be strong enough to bring down trees and power lines. "This will be especially more common in areas where heavy wet snow is coating trees causing them to be weakened," according to NWS. "This will likely lead to additional power outages into this evening. Blowing and drifting of snow is also expected." A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour. Gusts of 58 mph or greater are possible. Portsmouth DPW Concerned About …
The cleanup and fun of the Blizzard of December 2010 continues.
With an early sunset looming, residents from Sakonnet Point to Bliss Four Corners to North Tiverton scrambled to get their shovels and snow blowers going before another artic chill settled for the evening.
Despite gusty winds, some residents braved the outdoors Monday morning to clear cars and shovel driveways.
Freezing temperatures and gusty winds couldn't keep homeowners from clearing driveways and shoveling snow off cars Monday morning. A few residents of West Main Road braved freezing temperatures and wind gusts (some projected to reach 45 mph) to remove the white stuff that piled up overnight. "I didn't think it was going to be this bad," said Erik Pacheco as he cleared snow off a lime green Volkswagen Beetle Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning, which will continue through Tuesday. Some residents have reported measuring up to 12 inches of snow in their backyards. Featured below are photos of residents cleaning up after the 2010 winter storm on West Main Road, Portsmouth, on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010: Did …
The snowfall may have slowed down, but gusty winds are expected to make shoveling and traveling extremely difficult Monday morning.
The snow fall may have slowed significantly, but gusty winds and blizzard conditions are expected to continue throughout the day. The National Weather Service's (NWS) blizzard warning will continue through noon today. The NWS warns of "heavy snow and potentially damaging winds...with considerable blowing and drifting of snow." Winds could gust up to 45 mph at times, according to the NWS Web site. The NWS also warns of extremely dangerous travel conditions this morning with visibility at a quarter of a mile or less at times. Accumulation of snow are estimated to total 10 to 16 inches. "People should be really careful for ice and when shoveling today," said Lt. Brendan Martin of the Portsmouth Fire Department. "Stay off the roads until …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Power outages continued to be reported and restored by National Grid throughout Portsmouth Sunday evening.
As of 9:45 p.m. Sunday night, National Grid was reporting on its Web site that of the 2,565 customers that had lost power throughout Rhode Island, 1,968 were from Newport County: 1,346 customers from Tiverton; 237 from Portsmouth; 205, Middletown; 124, Little Compton; 44, Jamestown; and 12 from Newport. As National Grid responded to storm repairs, these counts continued to change rapidly as more outages were reported and others were recorded as restored. Customers losing power in Portsmouth were mainly located in Common Fence Point. Portsmouth fire responded to a number of calls regarding fallen electrical wires throughout the evening. "We've had some wires down and very localized power outages," said Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey Lynch. …