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 …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Residents are urged to place branches directly related to Blizzard Nemo curbside for collection by Public Works. Residents are also advised not to bundle or cut branches, unless necessary to put curbside. The deadline to have branches placed curbside will
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.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Four Portsmouth residents - two adults and two children - jumped to their safety Friday night after a fire trapped them inside their Park Avenue home during the height of the storm.
Seven Portsmouth residents are lucky to be alive after a fire broke out outside a Park Avenue home during the height of the 2013 blizzard Friday night. In what could be described as the worst nightmare for Portsmouth firefighters, a 911 call came in at 11:29 p.m. After a couple hours of lights flickering, most Portsmouth residents lost power for good around 10:30 p.m. Friday. The 911 call described one of the worst possible scenarios for firefighters. A house was on fire. Seven people were trapped inside. All Portsmouth fire crews rushed to the fire at 88 Cove St. in Island Park. However, due to blizzard conditions, the response time was delayed. "It took us 12 minutes to get to the scene. It normally would have taken us four minutes…
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; …
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Monday The Portsmouth Fire Department asks all residents to help clear snow from fire hydrants today. The Portsmouth EMA says, as of Monday morning, 297 Portsmouth residents remain without power. "Power should be restored to Riverside and nearby streets in Island Park by 2 p.m. today. Every customer in Portsmouth should have their power restored no later than 11 p.m. this evening," according to the EMA. Debris removal plans are underway to address the large volume of fallen trees and branches on the ground. Any debris that is creating an immediate hazard should be reported to the Public Works department at 683-0362 or the Portsmouth Fire department at 683-1200. Sunday 9 a.m. — Portsmouth extends parking ban until 7 p.m. tonight. …
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.
Time to take out those tape measures, rulers or marked strings and let us know—how much snow fell in your yard?
How much snow fell in your backyard during the blizzard? Take out your rulers, measurement sticks or just marked cardboard, and let us know! Post your snow totals in the comment section below or e-mail your totals to Sandy@Patch.com. You can also post pictures of those measurements in the photo gallery at right. Please include your street name so we can find out—which neighborhood saw the most snowfall in Portsmouth? Don't forget to include the time when you measured!