Thursday, March 7, 2013
Not all meteorologists accept the name game, or acknowledge this storm.
You've probably heard occasional—but perhaps not frequent—references to this winter storm as "Saturn." While it makes for some good jokes about the planet, but rather, a pre-determined name The Weather Channel gave to this latest storm. If you missed it: The Weather Channel in November announced it would name "noteworthy winter storms" in the 2012-2013 winter season. Sure, snowstorms have been informally named after the fact (remember Snowtober?) This is the first season, however, that The Weather Channel is naming them as it does hurricanes and tropical storms. The rationale? According to the Weather Channel, names raise awareness, make it easier to follow a weather system's progress, a storm with a name "takes a personality all of its …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Department of Health is asking private well owners to boil their water as a safety precaution.
The following is from a press release. Due to the excessive snow from the winter storm and from rainfall on Monday, some private wells may be impacted. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds Rhode Islanders who lost water pressure or have a flooded well head (surrounded by water), to take steps to ensure the safety of drinking water: For more information visit www.health.ri.gov/drinkingwaterquality/for/privatewellowners/ or call the Health Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
Monday, February 11, 2013
A woman was transported to Newport Hospital on Sunday after a vehicle attempted to pass a snowplow.
A woman was transported by ambulance to Newport Hospital after she was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon. Rescue crews received several 911 calls on Sunday at 3 p.m. after a two-vehicle crash occurred at 2121 West Main Road. According to Portsmouth Fire Deputy Chief Michael O'Brien, a vehicle was attempting to pass a contractor snowplow, when the vehicle struck the plow. The driver was uninjured during the crash. A passenger, an elderly woman from Portsmouth, was trapped inside the vehicle. Portsmouth rescue personnel extricated the woman from the vehicle after lifting the dashboard. The woman was transported by Middletown Rescue to Newport Hospital. Her medical condition is unknown this morning. The crash remains under…
As of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, the Portsmouth School District planned to open all schools on Monday while parents voiced their frustration on social media.
The following was written Sunday at 9:25 p.m. Updated Monday at 6:09 a.m. Portsmouth parents voiced their anger and frustration Sunday evening after the Portsmouth School District made plans to open schools Monday. [Update] The Portsmouth superintendent announced schools will be closed Monday at 5:45 a.m. The cancellation was due to a "change in weather forecast," according to the local blog Hard Deadlines. Some parents posted pictures of snow-covered bus stops on Facebook, like the one featured at right, as an attempt to persuade school officials. However, as of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, Portsmouth school officials had made no announcements of school closings. Some parents claimed they received an e-mail about the schools being open Monday; …
Even though it's Monday, there still might be some delays and cancellations from this weekend's storm. Find out updates, cancellations and any delays here!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Thanks to the blizzard, Portsmouth is expecting up to 24 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Portsmouth Patch's coverage area.
White-out conditions are expected. Motorists are advised to stay off the roads before 1 p.m.
Snowfall and strong winds are expected to continue today until 1 p.m., the National Weather Service predicts. Snow accumulation is estimated at around two feet for Rhode Island, including Aquidneck Island, with another 4 to 8 inches of snow expected to fall before this afternoon. Snow, mainly before 1 p.m., could be heavy at times. The NWS reports that blizzard conditions will make for dangerous travel with visibilities near zero in white-out conditions. The NWS has also issued a coastal flood advisory for the area that is in effect until 8 a.m. today.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Will you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out our Portsmouth neighbors during the blizzard.
Will you need shoveling out after the storm? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling today or tomorrow? Let's get a list started of people offering shoveling/plow services. I've already heard from a few on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page. Here's a few individuals offering shoveling services: Erica Kelley: Rachel Kelley is willing to be at service! Lynnie Carneiro: CALL BADDOG 401-623-9045 Removal with a snowblower...give him a shout... DRIVEWAYS & WALK WAYS...clean up begind when snowfall stops and driving bans are lifted... If you know someone who needs shoveling or wants to offer shoveling, have them post in the comment section below!
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Rhode Island is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Rhode Island to highlight snowfall across the state during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at home, we might as well have some fun, right? Upload …
RITBA monitoring weather to determine if the Newport Pell and Mount Hope Bridges should be temporarily closed
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) warns motorists of the possibility of emergency closures of the Newport Pell and Mount Hope bridges Friday and Saturday due to potentially high winds created by the snowstorm. “Safety is always our highest priority,” said David Darlington, chairman of the RITBA board of directors. “If at any time we believe public safety is at risk, or if the bridges are at risk, we will close them to vehicular traffic and alert the public via the news media and our website.” Darlington explained that the RITBA doesn’t prematurely shut down either of its bridges in advance of a storm. The bridges are a vital link to residents of Aquidneck Island. The staff constantly monitors the wind conditions and …