This is what it’s all about

January 30th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by under General Talk


This is it…this is what it’s all about. The Super Bowl trophy. Come Sunday night it will either belong to the Patriots or the Seahawks.

Both coaches talked today about their team preparations and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the big game. Hear the interviews tonight on Eyewitness News starting live at 5.

Steady Snow/Rain Tapers to Snow Showers this Afternoon

January 30th, 2015 at 11:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Steady light to moderate snow that has been reducing visibility and leading to slick surfaces this morning will continue into early afternoon before tapering to lighter and spottier snow showers for the afternoon and evening.   Here’s a look at the RPM model for this evening’s commute–still showing the potential for scattered snow showers.

RPM Simulated Radar for 5pm Friday

RPM Simulated Radar for 5pm Friday

Untreated surfaces will be slippery and damp.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

Expect winds to strengthen and temperatures to rapidly drop this evening and tonight as a coastal storm develops and intensifies as it moves into the Gulf of Maine.  A rapid freeze of “wet” surfaces will be possible, leading to black ice and potentially treacherous conditions.  temp 1

Here’s a look at the temperatures trend through the evening: temp 3

Saturday morning’s lows will be in the single digits, with wind chills running 5-10 below zero.  Northwest wind gusts 35-45mph tomorrow, especially near the coast, will make for a frigid feel.



Another Moderate to High Impact Snowstorm Possible Monday

January 30th, 2015 at 10:43 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

With piles of snow across New England from this week’s blizzard and more snow falling this morning, it’s with a somewhat weary eye that we turn out attention towards another potential moderate to high impact snowstorm for late Sunday night into Monday.

New 12z Data is coming in this Friday morning, with a bulls eye over southern New England as the area that could be  hardest hit from another nor’easter on Monday.  While potentially a large snowstorm, it does not looks to be as slow-moving or intense as this week’s blizzard.

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RPM Outlook for 7am on Monday

Here’s some bullet points–:

Likelihood of a storm: high confidence

Enough to plow and shovel: moderate to high confidence

Potential for 6″ or moreModerate confidence

Precip type—Mostly snow.  There may be some rain/sleet for a brief time near the coast and Cape….  but it looks like primarily snow.

TIMING:  After midnight Sunday night through late afternoon on Monday.  Right now, heaviest looks to be from 2am to 2pm Monday.

Please check back for updates over the weekend as we continue to fine tune the forecast.

RI high school dropout rate down, grad rate up

January 30th, 2015 at 9:32 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Three years into a state law that requires students to remain in school until the age of 18, Rhode Island’s high school dropout rate has dropped four percentage points to 8%, according to data released Thursday by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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FBI source in No. Providence corruption probe speaks out

January 30th, 2015 at 9:28 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Paul Caranci wanted out.

It was 2009 and the then-North Providence town councilman had been wearing a wire for the FBI for more than five months, secretly recording meetings and phone calls with three of his corrupt council colleagues.

“It was such an intrusion on my life you can’t even imagine,” Caranci told Target 12 in an extended interview about his time undercover. “More than I ever thought possible.”

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Snow Through the Rest of the Morning, Slow Travel Expected

January 30th, 2015 at 8:30 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Snow is blossoming across southern New England at 8am and will continue to track north and east, keeping fairly steady snow in our area over the next few hours.  In fact, the bulk of the accumulations we’re forecasting for today and tonight happen before noon today.  temp 1

As we’ve been mentioning for the last few days, this storm is more of a nuisance than a “major” event for us, but it is causing slow and slick travel for morning commuters with reduced visibility.  Allow for extra time heading into work/school.  Here’s a look at the accumulation map.temp 2

A few lingering snow showers and flurries are likely for the evening commute, too… but won’t be as widespread as what we’re seeing this morning.

Look Back At Blizzard 2015 Amounts For New England

January 29th, 2015 at 7:51 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca..
One take away from this is how close the New York City metro area really was from getting clobbered with 2 feet of snow.

It was a tough call for meteorologists in New York.


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XL media presence at Super Bowl XLIX

January 29th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

Nearly 6,000 media from 30 countries are here in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl. In fact, until yesterday the media outnumbered the fans.

Danielle and I have been working mostly out of our hotel room, but a lot of the media are station in the Phoenix Convention Center – which is a huge two-building complex. I just covered the Super Bowl Pre-Game and Halftime news conferences there and got to see the large media presence firsthand.

There are rows and rows of tables covered with laptops and other electronic devices. Outside this room is a lounge where snacks and drinks are provided. There’s a charging station so phones don’t run out of juice.

Also in the convention center is Radio Row, where radio personalities from all over the country are broadcasting their shows. It’s a good place to catch some big names, since many of the hosts are interviewing a string of famous sports figures.

For some images from Radio Row, check out this photo gallery posted by Robert Pugsley, who is from our sister station KRQE and is running many of our live hits from out here in Arizona.

This morning on Eyewitness News, Danielle North did a story on all of the media here in Arizona. Most of them were traditional print or television. But we have seen some unique characters, including a team from Mexico who has a puppet as a sidekick. We didn’t understand what he was saying, but we do know that he’s rooting for the Patriots and is a fan of Tom Brady. Take a look:


Blizzard Comparison: More Snow 2015, More Impact 2013

January 29th, 2015 at 5:06 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

If we go strictly by snowfall totals; the Blizzard of 2015 beats out the Blizzard of 2013.  Here are the official numbers from TF Green Airport (this was a very close call):

Blizzard of 2015: 19.1″

Blizzard of 2013: 18.0″

But listening to people discuss the storm on the streets of southern New England, most will tell you that the Blizzard of 2013 was a tougher storm to get through.  They will point out 2 parts of the 2015 blizzard that made the aftermath easier to handle:

1) Drier, fluffy snow was easier to shovel

2) Drier, fluffier snow didn’t stick to trees and power lines leading to less power outages.


I decided to quantify the the difference in the snow consistency between the 2 blizzards.  I did this by looking at the total liquid equivalent (how much water there would be if you melted all the snow) for the 2 storms.  Notice that the Blizzard of 2013 had about 0.5 inches of liquid more than the Blizzard of 2015.

Total Liquid for Blizzard of 2015: 1.08″

Total Liquid for Blizzard of 2013: 1.63″

That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can make a big difference in the snow consistency.  To get an idea of how “wet” or “dry” the snow was between the 2 storms, we can calculate the average snow to liquid ratio:

2015 Snow-Liquid-Ratio = 19.1(snow)/1.08(liquid) = 17 to 1

2013 Snow-Liquid-Ratio = 18.0(snow)/1.63(liquid) = 11 to 1

This is actually quite a difference.  A 10 to 1 ratio is used as a number for the “typical” New England snowstorm; the Blizzard of 2013 came in very close to that ratio.  As we know, a typical New England snow is a pain to shovel once we get more than several inches.  It’s also heavy enough  to weigh down trees and power lines.  Once we get into the range of a 15:1 or a 20:1 ratio (Blizzard of 2015), the snow becomes a lot lighter and fluffier.



Both the Blizzard of 2013 and the Blizzard of 2015 were windy, but the difference between the 2 storms actually surprised me when I first looked it up.  Here is a summary of the wind gusts at TF Green.

Blizzard of 2015: From 1AM to 9AM on  January 27 (Tuesday), there was at least one gust over 40 mph every hour.  The peak gust during this time was 48 mph.

Blizzard of 2013: From 7PM to midnight during the peak of the storm on February 8th, winds  frequently gusted between 40 and 60 mph.  The peak gust during the time was 63 mph.


It should be noted that parts of eastern Massachusetts were extremely windy during the Blizzard of 2015.  Nantucket and parts of Cape Cod recorded winds gusts in the 70s (mph).  But the TF Green data above demonstrates that the extreme winds made it further west into Rhode Island in 2013 than they did in 2015.




Forecasting exact snow consistency is tough, and the snow was certainly a little drier than I anticipated.  That’s a good thing, because the last issue we need when we are clearing away the snow is for the power to go out! -Pete Mangione



Colin Kane resigns as chairman of 195 Commission

January 29th, 2015 at 3:47 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The chairman of the commission tasked with overseeing the development of roughly 40 acres of land in downtown Providence left vacant by the relocation of I-195 has resigned.

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Cracking down on Super Bowl counterfeits

January 29th, 2015 at 12:22 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

A ticket to the Super Bowl is hard to come by…so it’s no surprise counterfeiting is a concern here.

Right now, the National Football League and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are announcing the latest results of seizures of game-related counterfeit merchandise.

Steve Nielsen is at that news conference and will show us the goods…or rather fakes….tonight on Eyewitness News.


Light Snow Returns Tonight

January 29th, 2015 at 9:02 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a frigid start to the day.   With the fresh, deep snow pack, light winds and clear skies, the temperatures at 6am in many valleys and sheltered areas were well below zero.  In fact, in some communities is was the coldest morning of the winter season so far!

Thursday 6am Temperatures

Thursday 6am Temperatures

Despite the frigid start, the temperatures this afternoon will recover nicely, with highs temperatures near 30° by 3pm.  And it won’t be nearly as cold tonight.  In fact, our computer models are showing temperatures holding steady or even rising a few degrees after midnight.  That’s as our next weather system moves in.  It’s a clipper system diving across the Great Lakes this morning that will develop into a strengthening coastal low near New England on Friday.  Clouds will thicken through the late afternoon and evening, with a chance of snow developing after midnight.

The snow may mix with rain near the coast and will continue through the day on Friday.

Light Snow, Mixing With Rain for the Morning Commute

Light Snow, Mixing With Rain for the Morning Commute

Snow may still be falling in spots for the evening commute and through late Friday night.

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Light Snow Continues Friday Evening

In the end, though, accumulations will be minor…. with highest totals northeast of Boston…. and just a coating to 2″ in RI and southeastern MA.

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Accumulations by Late Friday Night

The active weather pattern continues, with yet another ocean storm for Sunday night and Monday.  There’s still no consensus among our computer models as the to track.  Some model runs are showing the storm  completely missing our area and others are showing it close enough to deliver both accumulating snow as well as some sleet/rain.   It’s a larger storm and will need to be watched as we head into the weekend.  Please continue to check back for updates.

Celebs are out and about in Arizona

January 29th, 2015 at 7:06 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

The Super Bowl attracts hundreds of thousands of people, so it’s no surprise some of those arriving for the Big Game are celebrities and famous sports figures.

Just last night, American Idol winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks served as Grand Marshall for the Super Bowl Central opening ceremony. The famous Budweiser Clydesdales were also on hand and, to be quite honest, almost generated more of a buzz than Sparks. Those majestic animals seemed a little uneasy during their paparazzi moment, with flashes going off and people screaming.

Today is the day I’ve been looking forward to. This afternoon is the news conference for the pre-game and halftime shows. Indina Menzel of “Frozen” fame is part of the pre-game, singing the National Anthem. Pop superstar Katy Perry will also take questions from the media about her plans for the halftime show.

Definitely will post pictures of that later today. In the meantime, here are some photos of some of the other celebrity sightings we’ve made around Phoenix. View Photos »

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What A Difference In Snow Cover…

January 28th, 2015 at 11:32 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony R Petrarca

Before the Blizzard our snow cover here in southern New England was lacking.  Take a look at the snow cover analysis maps BEFORE and AFTER the blizzard…what a difference!  The darker purple shows the deepest snow cover.



A Few Chances For Snow Over Next 5 Days….

January 28th, 2015 at 7:07 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca..

Dry skies Tonight , but frigid as temperatures fall to zero to 10 above by dawn. Still use caution traveling Tonight, especially on neighborhood side roads.

Thursday looks cold and dry, but watching our next weather system across the upper Midwest. This will arrive late Thursday night into Friday with some light snow..a mix of light snow and rain near the coast. As the storm moves away Friday night it will draw in much colder air with snow showers everywhere . At this point the storm looks weak as it passes by….but once it moves offshore and away from us it will intensify rapidly.  Need to watch….if that rapid intensification occurs “closer” to our coast, it would mean a more significant snow impact. At this point we are looking at minor snow amounts of just 1-2 inches..

Below is one computer model called the NAM which has a weaker system moving thru Friday.nam_ptype_slp_ne_18

Photos: Super Bowl media day a lighter affair

January 28th, 2015 at 3:34 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

Media day is the day where reporters get to ask the players any question they want – and many of them are on the lighter side.

This year, the players and coaches were the only ones getting some attention. Check out some of the pictures Sports Director Yianni Kourakis took on the floor of the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix.

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The NFL’s newest recruit

January 28th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by under General Talk

After making her catch at the NFL Experience we think Danielle might be getting some scouting calls.


One of the main attractions of Super Bowl Central is the NFL Experience – where fans can test their football skills. This morning on Eyewitness News Danielle tried her hand at wide receiver.

How’d she do? Take a look:


Security top of mind at Super Bowl XLIX

January 28th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

With hundreds of thousands people expected to attend Super Bowl related events, security is definitely top of mind.

Steve Nielsen just got an update from security officials. He’ll have more on the steps they’re taking tonight on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11.





Satellite Photo — Post Blizzard

January 28th, 2015 at 12:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Quick post….

Here’s an interesting satellite photo from NASA’s MODIS satellite instrument.  This camera gives us a high resolution, real look at the Earth.   We get pictures daily from MODIS.

In New England’s picture you can see some snow over Southeastern Massachusetts from the Blizzard.  Clouds are in the way of Rhode Island, but you can make out more snow in the mountains over Pennsylvania and New York.  Also, you can see the Finger Lakes in western New York.


With tomorrow’s MODIS picture, we should be able to see the snow cover across all of New England.  We’re expecting a bright, sunny day.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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It’s Official. It was a Blizzard.

January 28th, 2015 at 7:47 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Yes, we’ve been calling this recent snowstorm a “blizzard” since Sunday evening.  That’s because we were expecting blizzard conditions in all of Rhode Island.  Now, officially, that’s what we had according to the National Weather Service.   Here’s a picture I took of whiteout conditions in Seekonk late Monday morning.

Whiteout conditions in Seekonk, MA

Whiteout conditions in Seekonk, MA

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The NFL’s newest recruit

January 28th, 2015 at 7:38 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

After making her catch at the NFL Experience we think Danielle might be getting some scouting calls.  She kind of blends in, don’t you think?




Extended Video: Danielle climbs the ‘Grand Canyon’

January 28th, 2015 at 6:00 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

One of the most famous attractions in Arizona is, of course, the Grand Canyon. And, as an homage to the landmark, the Grand Canyon Experience is one of the main attractions at Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix.

The festivities open to fans Wednesday afternoon with a big parade – featuring Jordin Sparks and the Budweiser Clydesdales – but we got a sneak peek early Tuesday morning. That’s when Danielle harnessed up to climb the 3o foot wall.

But – did she make it to the top? Check out the below video to find out.

Top 4 Snowstorm for Providence

January 28th, 2015 at 5:25 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After an additional 0.6″ of snow fell Tuesday evening, TF Green Airport finished with 19.1″ of snow for this storm.  That ranks the Blizzard of 2015 at number 4 all-time for snowstorms.


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Only the Blizzards of 1978, 2005 and 1996 rank higher.

Official records have been kept for winters in Providence since 1904.  Currently, records are kept at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Blizzard of 2015 is a Top 5 Snowstorm for Providence

January 27th, 2015 at 7:19 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 7PM Tuesday, 18.5″ of snow has fallen from the Blizzard of 2015.   That puts this storm at #5 all time in Providence…and it’s still snowing!!!


While it’s very doubtful that we will get to #1 on the list, we could move up to #4 with just another 0.6″ of snow.  It’s possible that could be achieved before the snow stops tonight.

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-Meteorologist. T.J. Del Santo


Blizzard Evolution

January 27th, 2015 at 6:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Check out this beautiful picture from NASA of the Blizzard.  This was taken at 5:30PM.


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What’s Gronk’s fav gas station food?

January 27th, 2015 at 5:07 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

While walking back from Media Day I had a great conversation with a couple of Rhode Island natives, who just happen to be die-hard Patriot fans.

I asked what was their favorite part of the event, and they said getting to know some personal tidbits about their favorite players. Including what gas station food Tom Brady and Gronk like. And of course, we had to ask them about their friends and family back east.

Take a listen:

Snowfall Records Broken

January 27th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by under General Talk

No, the ultimate snowstorm record of 28.6″ set in 1978 was not broken.  Instead, daily snowfall records have been smashed — records for snowfall on January 27th.

In Providence, 14.2″ of snow has fallen so far today.  That breaks the old record of 6.7″ for the date set back in 2011.

In Worcester, 28.4″ of snow has fallen so far at the city airport.  The old record was 11″, also set back in 2011.

And in Boston at Logan Airport, 18.5″ of snow fell today.  That smashes the old record of 8.8″ set in 2011.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Historical Snowfall

January 27th, 2015 at 4:24 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Just in….26.5″ of snow in Burillville, and it’s still snowing!

We’ve had a band of heavy snow moving through northern Rhode Island, producing snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour.


All of southeast New England will see snow, heavy at times.   Winds will still be gusting between 40 and 50mph in RI, higher over Southeast Massachusetts.

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Patriot and Brown grad James Develin has message for snowbound New Englanders

January 27th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

While at Media Day today I caught up with New England Patriot James Develin – who is also a Brown University grad. While he’s getting ready for the Super Bowl – he also has some advice for all of you New Englanders stuck inside due to the blizzard.

Media Day 026While at Media Day, Develin also caught up with legendary sports Chris Berman, who’s also a Brown alum.

Eyewitness Sports Director Yianni Kourakis interviewed the pair. He’ll have more on that tonight on Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence.

Blizzard of 2015 – A Top 10 snowstorm for Providence

January 27th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 2 p.m., T.F. Green Airport in Warwick has received 17.3″ of snow from the Blizzard of 2015.  That puts this storm in the Top 10 of all snowstorms for Providence.


We do anticipate another 1″ to 3″ of snow for Warwick, where the airport is located. With just another 1.1 inches of snow, this storm could  end up as a Top 5 snow storm for Providence.

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The ‘granddaddy’ of all snowstorms for Rhode Island is, of course, the Blizzard of 1978. I don’t anticipate that much snow to fall this time.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo