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Wednesday’s Downpours, Thunder and Hail

April 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After some morning thunderstorms moved through Southern New England this morning, we are still looking at the potential for more storms this afternoon.  Storms this morning brought numerous loud lightning strikes and hail.  In fact, one house in Warwick was struck by lightning.  Small hail fell over parts of Western Cranston as you can see by this picture from a Facebook friend — hail on doormat.


UPDATE:  New pictures of lightning strike in Cranston from Steve Nielsen.  The owner of this Applewood Road house in Cranston thinks the lightning hit his flag pole first, then his house.

Courtesy Steve Nielsen

Courtesy Steve Nielsen

Courtesy: Steve Nielsen

Courtesy: Steve Nielsen


Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar as of 1:30pm showed the heaviest of the action to our east over Cape Cod. (more…)

Lyrid Meteor Shower Monday Night

April 21st, 2014 at 3:52 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There are a couple of meteor showers every year that are well-known (the Leonids in November and the Perseids in August); however, there are some lesser-known meteor showers which can be just as impressive.  One of these is the April Lyrids which peaks Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

The April Lyrids are visible in the third week of April every year.  The source of the meteors is Comet Thatcher, which visits the inner solar system once every 450 years–the last visit was in 1861.   When the Earth passes through the debris trail left behind by the comet, the tiny pieces of rock light up, and we see a streak of light in the sky.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the sky on the east-northeast horizon in the evening.  In fact, they get their name because they appear just to the right of the constellation Lyra, the Harp.  Vega is the bright star at the top of this constellation.   Through the night, Lyra (and the meteors) will get higher in the sky.



Marathon Monday: Runner’s Delight

April 20th, 2014 at 9:39 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Happy Easter! TJ has a great description of what to expect for Easter Sunday, so please see the previous blog post (just scroll down) for more details on Easter.  For details on the Boston Marathon weather, please keep on reading this post!


The weather looks great as we head into Marathon Monday! Early morning runners will start with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s.  Runners starting in the late morning may already get temperatures in the upper 40s or low 50s.  Not too cool, not too warm….almost perfect racing conditions!

By the afternoon, I expect highs in Boston to hit the low 60s.  This is because winds will NOT be coming out of the east like they are for Sunday.  Instead, they will be coming out of the south.  In Boston, a south wind is usually warmer (this time of year) than a wind from the east.  That’s because the east wind comes directly off the water,  while the south wind can have either land or sea influence.

If you are watching the race or headed to the Red Sox game, take the jacket with you for the morning hours.  You may be able to shed that by the afternoon, although if you are in a shaded area it will be a good thing to have with you for the entire day.  Have a great rest of the weekend and a great Monday! -Pete Mangione





Easter Sunday Futurecast

April 19th, 2014 at 11:49 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ll get another nice day on Easter Sunday.  Expect sunshine and afternoon highs in the 50s. 

Here’s the setup:  an area of high pressure will be moving across northern New England.  As this happens, our winds will turn from the north to the northeast and eventually southeast.   


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These winds, while light, will keep things a little cooler than what we had on Saturday.  Areas to the south and east of Providence will be a little cooler than areas to the north and west.


 Expect highs in the 40s and low 50s south and east of of Interstate 95, while along I-95 and areas to the west and north will be in the mid to upper 50s. 

Whether you are spending your holiday on the Cape, along the south coast of RI or in the northern part of the state, the weather looks fine! Enjoy!

Here’s the outlook for Providence…


 -Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

What a Difference a Day Can Make

April 16th, 2014 at 1:53 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait 5 minutes, and it will change”.  He’s not kidding! We’ve seen wild temperature swings during the past week.    We were in the 70s three out of the past 6days, but a strong cold front took care of that as cold temperatures arrived after heavy rain, strong winds and some wintery precipitation blew through the region.

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Here are the 24 hour temperature differences between Tuesday at 11am and Wednesday at 11am.


Pretty dramatic!



Strong Front to Bring Soaking Rain, Strong Winds

April 15th, 2014 at 8:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There is going to be a major temperature change over the next 24 hours as a strong cold front sweeps out the warm air from the last few days and replaces it with a much colder air mass.  As that transitions occurs, rain and wind are moving through.  In fact, scattered showers began developing overnight, blocking out the lunar eclipse for southern New England stargazers.  Those scattered showers are continuing to pop-up this morning and into this afternoon ahead of the main area of soaking rain.  Heavier rain is expected to move in by late afternoon and evening and then continue into the night.

Here’s what to expect:

RAIN: 1-2″ with isolated higher totals.

Our area is now under a flood watch until Wednesday morning.  We are mostly concerned with street and poor drainage flooding for this evening, but our swollen rivers and streams will need to be watched for possible flooding if higher rainfall totals occur. temp 1

WIND:  Southerly winds 20-30mph with gusts up to 50mph. 

A Wind advisory is in effect from noon until midnight, when most of the stronger gusts are expected.  Smaller branches and tree limbs could fall leading to isolated power outages.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during this evening’s high tide (around 8:30-9pm) due to the strong southerly winds pushing water to the shoreline. temp 2

TEMPERATURES:  Near 65 this afternoon and then tumbling to near 33 by dawn Wednesday.

Mild air ahead of a strong cold front will keep temperatures above average for one last day.  Even this evening starts mild, with temperatures in the 50s as late as 10pm before rapidly dropping into the 30s once the cold front moves through.  We’ll have to watch northwestern suburbs, where temperatures may fall below freezing for a few hours, with some icy spots possible on untreated surfaces.  temp 1temp 2


Lunar Eclipse Early Tuesday Morning

April 14th, 2014 at 11:09 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see a rare treat in the skies early Tuesday morning — a Total Lunar Eclipse.

Courtesy: NASA

Courtesy: NASA

In this astronomical set up, the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, with the Earth casting a shadow deep into space.  The moon will pass into that shadow and will appear to slowly disappear before culminating with a reddish glow.   It will happen early in the morning, but it would be worth waking early for a look.


Here’s the timeline…

1:20am: The moon begins to fall into the outer part of the shadow called the penumbra.  It’ll take awhile before you’ll be able to notice the moon moving through this part of the shadow.  You may notice the moon starting to look a little dimmer.

1:58am:  The partial eclipse begins.  This is when the moon begins to move into the darker part of the shadow — the umbra.  A reddish/blackish shadow will move across the moon.  What will be interesting to watch is how dark the sky becomes.  Stars which you didn’t see earlier in the night will begin to appear as a “second night” develops.

3:07am: Total eclipse begins.  This is when the moon’s disk is completely within the umbra.  If you were standing on the moon, the sun would be completely blacked out by the Earth.  From the Earth’s perspective, the moon will have a reddish-orange glow.

3:46am: Mid-eclipse.  The moon is in the middle of the umbra…the darkest part of the shadow.  The moon will likely continue to take on a reddish-orange look but could be greyish, as well.

4:25am:  The total eclipse ends as the moon is completely out of the umbra and partial eclipse begins again.

5:33am: Partial eclipse ends as the moon passes out of the penumbra shadow.


Courtesy: Bob Horton, Brown University

Courtesy: Bob Horton, Brown University

What causes the reddish look to the moon?

It’s the same effect that causes the reddish sunrises and sunsets — refraction, which is the bending of light by the Earth’s atmosphere.  Other factors can influence the color including cloud cover, pollutants and volcanic ash.  A clear sky would produce a bright eclipse, while clouds, pollutants and ash would create a darker red or almost a black-look to the moon.

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Of course this is very weather dependent.  There will be a cold front working through the Eastern part of the United States Monday night and early Tuesday morning.  This will bring lots of clouds to Southern New England.  However, it is possible that there could be some breaks in the clouds early Tuesday morning.  It’s worth waking up to check on the sky, because the some clouds could create a neat, spooky-look to the blood-red moon.  If you miss it, don’t worry, there’s another lunar eclipse not too far away…on October 8th of this year.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Monday Winds of Change

April 14th, 2014 at 12:03 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Temperatures will be a little warmer on Monday, but it will also be windier.  For much of Sunday, winds were from the south.  With a chilly ocean, this had a major cooling effect at the coast keeping temperatures in the mid 50s.  But the southerly winds also had a cooling effect in Providence as the cooler air came right up the bay.

On Monday, winds will be from the southwest instead of the south.  This wind direction has a little more of a “land” influence to it; that’s why Providence should be a few degrees warmer.  Here is a snapshot at 2PM on Monday.



Enjoy these temperatures while we have them, because big changes are on the way.  Some spots could be below freezing by Thursday morning! -Pete Mangione


Mild Again on Sunday…with Some Changes

April 12th, 2014 at 11:12 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a beautiful Saturday, we’ll see another very mild day on Sunday with some slight changes.

A warm front to our north will cause some rain showers in Northern New England; meanwhile another warm front will lift across Southern New England during the afternoon on Sunday. 


This second front will bring more humid air over the relatively chilly ocean water.  This will cause the air to cool and with the higher humidity in place, low clouds and fog could form more readily.  Expect low clouds and fog to develop during the afternoon and evening along the coast line.  (more…)

Sea Breeze Effect is On This Weekend

April 12th, 2014 at 8:47 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Air temperatures will try to warm into the 60s and 70s this weekend, but ocean temperatures are still in the 40s.  What does that mean? A sea breeze of course!  While this will affect our weather on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a few key differences in the way each day develops.


Winds will start from a “land” direction (west-northwest) during the morning.  They will then start to bend from the south-southwest through out the day.  But because the process will take a while to happen,  I would not be surprised if the coast hits the low 60s during the late morning and early afternoon.  From the mid to the late afternoon, the sea breeze effect will start to take over and pull temperatures back down into the low 50s.


Wind will be stronger and more consistent through out the day from the south.  Because of this, the coast may never make it out of the mid 50s; inland areas should make it into the mid 60s.  Basically, look for a BIG difference between coastal and inland areas.  Here is a snapshot of Sunday early afternoon temperatures.



Note the Providence temperature in the low 60s.  Providence and other areas adjacent to Narragansett Bay can be tricky because winds from the south can create a cooling affect from “bay breezes”.  That’s why on Sunday, places away from the bay (like Smithfield) should end up warmer then Providence.

Have a good weekend! -Pete Mangione



Heavy Rain this Morning

April 8th, 2014 at 8:14 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Heavy rain continues to slow the morning commute with a FLOOD ADVISORY issued for our area until 10am.

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Rainfall totals near 1″ are likely… the main impacts are localized street and poor drainage flooding along with some rapid rises in smaller streams.  Right now, our major rivers will be very swollen, but should remain below flood stage today.  The Pawcatuck River in Westerly could see some minor flooding by tomorrow morning.  wstr1_hg

Rain will taper off by mid-day with some slow clearing through the afternoon.  A cold front will sweep across our area this afternoon with some slightly cooler, but dry and bright weather for Wednesday and Thursday.  Beyond this morning, our next chance for rain will be Friday into early Saturday.

Rain on the Way for Tonight

April 7th, 2014 at 7:29 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a beautiful Sunday, some changes are on the way for today.  It will still be pleasant through the day and dry until this evening.  But we are tracking our next weather system which will deliver a decent slug of rain tonight.  Ahead of the rain, skies will turn mostly cloudy this afternoon and southeasterly winds will become breezy.  High temperatures will range from the upper 50s inland to low 50s along the coast.

The rain will begin to move in after the evening commute, turning steadier and heavier from about 9pm to 5am.  During that time, some downpours, isolated thunder and fog are possible.  Rainfall totals will be between 3/4″ to 1.5″ of rain.  That’s enough to cause some minor flooding issues… We are mostly concerned with poor drainage and street flooding; however, we’ll also be watching local rivers and streams as water levels are still running high.

Rain will taper off early Tuesday (before 10am) and the rest of the day will be dry and breezy.

Play Ball !!! Opening Night at McCoy

April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Thursday night is the home opener for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the weather will cooperate….by April standards.  First pitch is at 7:05pm at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.  The PawSox will be facing the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in their first game of the year.


High pressure is nosing down from Canada.  This high pressure ‘ridge’ is promoting dry and pleasant conditions here in Southern New England.   With high pressure, you get sinking air, and with sinking air it is tougher to make clouds and precipitation.   There are some high clouds off to our west today, and we may see some of them arrive during the game, but we’ll stay dry.  You can leave the umbrellas and ponchos at home.


Coldest March in 30 Years…and One of the Wettest

April 1st, 2014 at 1:46 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We can probably all agree that March was very cold.  Temperatures through the month were frequently well below average.   In fact, 21 out of the 31 days in the month, we had below average temperatures.   Eleven out of those 21 days were 10° or more below average.

Despite the very cold month, it wasn’t the coldest March on record for Providence.



Afternoon River Check

March 31st, 2014 at 1:33 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Little weather nugget for you….Despite all the rain on Sunday (4.14″), Providence didn’t break the daily record. The record for March 30th? It was during 2010′s historical floods when we got 5.32″ on March 30th, 2010.

We certainly aren’t looking at historical flooding here in Southern New England, but it only takes a couple inches of water to ruin a nice basement….that will make it historical for anyone (trust me, I know).

Many small streams and brooks continue to overflow their banks this afternoon…remember never let kids play near a swollen river/stream.

Here’s an update on some of the larger rivers in the area…

Blackstone River at Woonsocket


Minor flooding was occuring as of early afternoon, but a slow drop in water levels is expected through the evening…likely falling below flood stage this evening.

In a minor flooding situation, here’s what can happen (according to the National Weather Service)




A Look at The Rivers

March 31st, 2014 at 11:07 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After 3 to 5″ of rain fell Saturday night and Sunday, we continue to see concerns along the rivers.  Here’s are the hydrographs from some of the rivers which are seeing flooding.  Please note, not all rivers have gauges on them, so we can’t pinpoint when some of them will flood.  Smaller rivers and streams especially could see some flooding through the afternoon.


In Westerly and in bordering Connecticut towns, there is moderate flooding occurring this morning, but levels are expected to drop slowly through the day…and should go below flood stage on Thursday.


Some More Showers to Get Through; River Warnings In Place

March 30th, 2014 at 7:46 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While we are not going to see anything like we saw this morning, we will have a few more rounds of showers moving through.   First, here is an updated list of afternoon rain totals.  These are very impressive considering most of this came down in less than 24 hours! Obviously, it caused a lot of flooding this morning.



Now through Midnight: More showers will be moving through, and a few could be heavy.  However, there will also be some rain-free time.  Areas that had flooding earlier today will be at a slight risk of flooding again.  It won’t take that much rain to create problems in areas with standing water or in spots near swollen rivers and streams.

Midnight into Monday Morning: Rain showers could briefly mix with snow or sleet, but no accumulation is expected.  A few slick spots are possible, especially north and west of 295.  Winds will be gusting from the north at 30 mph and temperatures will be dropping into the 30s.

Monday Afternoon: A raw day with highs only in the 40s, and wind chills in the upper 20s to low 30s.  A few more showers will move through, but the primary flood threat should be over at this point.

 River Warnings

The Pawtuxet River in Cranston is currently in minor flood stage and should be cresting this evening.

The Pawcatuck River in Westerly and Wood River Junction is currently in MODERATE flood stage.  If asked to evacuate, please do!

Click here for more information on current river levels.

We will be back with more updates through out the evening. -Pete Mangione


Winds Stay Strong and Gusty All Day

March 26th, 2014 at 9:36 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Amazing spring-time storm.  First take a look at this visible satellite picture of the storm.  This is courtesy of NOAA.


You can make out the classic comma-shape to the storm.  In addition, you can see a swirl of clouds into the center of the circulation –  even an eye-like feature near the center.  The system continues to undergo the “bombogenesis” process — that’s where the central pressure drops at least 24mb in 24 hours.  This storm has nearly doubled that! At 8am, the central pressure was nearly 965mb.   In comparison, Hurricane Bob was 964mb when it blew through Newport, back in 1991!!! 


Snow And Wind Late Tonight, Wednesday Morning…

March 25th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Eevning from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…here is the latest  developing Nor’easter offshore…

>It still  looks like most of our area (except Cape and Islands) will miss the brunt of this storm.

> Still some snow and strong wind however after midnight thru Wednesday morning

> Stong winds, gusting 40-50 mph for Rhode Island….50-70 mph for Cape and Island

> Morning commute will be slow

> Drier weather moves in by Wednesday Afternoon

Updated Accumulation Forecast

new snow map











Latest Wind Advisories and Warnings














Storm Remains on Track

March 25th, 2014 at 11:15 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are still expecting a tremendously powerful storm to pass well southeast of New England early Wednesday.   As I type, it is undergoing a rapid intensification process called bombogenesis.  That’s a pressure drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours.  This storm will almost double that pressure drop! Super bombogenesis! While it will be well offshore, it will still be close enough to give us some snow and very strong winds.

Here’s the breakdown….


We’ll see the snow develop around midnight tonight, and as the storm gets a little closer, we’ll see the snow get steadier and heavier.   The heaviest of the snow will stay offshore, but Cape Cod will get quite a wallop.  During the morning commute on Wednesday, the snow could be falling heavily at times.  The snow tapers off by around noon in Rhode Island, but it will linger longer over the Cape.  Winds pick up late tonight and remain strong and gusty through Wednesday.

There will be many impacts due to the snow and wind.  The most severe of the impacts will be over the Cape and Islands where blizzard conditions are expected.




Strong Winter Storm Tue Night/Wednesday

March 24th, 2014 at 10:42 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This upcoming storm is a very unusual storm for March, but certainly not unprecedented.  The arrival of bitterly cold air into Southern New England Sunday night will help to create this very powerful storm.  The worst of the snow/wind is expected to remain to the east of Rhode Island. 

Here we will discuss, the Watches in place as well as the potential impacts the storm will have on us…including snow accumulations.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Newport County in Rhode Island and Bristol and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts.  A Blizzard Watch is in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands.


In this case, a Winter Storm Watch means that there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow in the areas in blue above.  The combination of strong winds and a period of heavy snow could create difficult driving conditions late Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Spring Arrives Thursday Afternoon

March 20th, 2014 at 11:48 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a rough winter, and we need spring! We’ve had prolonged stretches of bitter cold with a few weeks of non-stop snow storms.  My shovel broke from shoveling so much, and my back isn’t far from breaking, too! We’ll get a step in the right direction Thursday afternoon when spring arrives.


At exactly 12:57pm EDT, the sun’s geometric center shines down on the equator.  That is the moment when spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn begins in the Southern Hemisphere. 


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Dry Today, Rain Tonight

March 19th, 2014 at 12:52 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ve been dry so far this week, but we’ve got some rain headed our way tonight.  With the later sunset times (6:57p tonight), I’ve noticed more and more people going out for a walk in the evening.  Any showers should hold off until after dark, so an evening walk/jog looks okay.


An area of low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will pass to our north through Thursday.  Its associated fronts will bring some some rain showers to Southern New England Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.  The rain likely won’t begin until after 8pm.

Initially, there could be enough cold air in place that the precipitation begins as some wet snow in our northern suburbs.   The output from the RPM Computer Model shows this nicely….notice the little blip of blue in the high elevations of northwest RI.  Any snow won’t last long and won’t accumulate.  Milder air will move into the region and force any precipitation to be in the form of rain in Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts.



Can We Go Back to 2012….Please!?

March 18th, 2014 at 12:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We need a time machine.  Hello?! McFly!? Can we set the time circuits on the Delorean to March 18, 2012, please?  We need a prolonged period of warm weather ASAP!  Look at the stretch of warm weather we had beginning 2 years ago today.


Doesn’t that look amazing? Unfortuntely, we are stuck with 30s, 40s and just one 50° day in the next 7days.  Why such a large difference? It all comes down to the jet stream.  While it can be complex as to how the jet stream gets its orientation, it is the shape and position of the jet stream that in the end makes the difference.


Luck of the Irish With Us Today…Warming Trend Ahead

March 17th, 2014 at 12:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The luck of the Irish was with us this morning as we dodged some significant snow.   Actually, we expected the snow to stay away — Pete Mangione said through the weekend that outside of a few flurries, the snow would remain offshore.   Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar from Monday morning shows the snow offshore; although Nantucket did see some flurries.


What we didn’t get, the mid Atlantic did! Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. were hit pretty hard by snow early Monday.  In fact, Reagan National Airport was shut down for awhile due to heavy snow.  Some flights out of TF Green Airport to D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia were cancelled due to the snow to our south.



Watch Executive Suite: I-195 Commission’s Kane, Brodie

March 17th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under General Talk

Record Low Temperature Tied This Morning

March 14th, 2014 at 8:41 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It was a frigid start to our Friday.  How cold was it? Our northern suburbs were in the single digits around sunrise, but in Providence, we tied a 66 year old temperature record.  At 5:36am, the temperature briefly dropped to 12° at TF Green Airport where the state’s climatological records are kept.  The weather information dates back to 1904.




Snow Totals Across New England

March 13th, 2014 at 1:38 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Quite a bit of snow fell across New England since Wednesday.  As expected, the snow was measured in feet in Northern New England.  Here’s a look at the maximum snowfall totals for each state across the region. Extreme_Snow_Social


Radar Update

March 13th, 2014 at 9:23 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Radar showing light to moderate snow filling in across the area, especially in northern Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA.  Visibility will be reduced, at times and some roads are becoming covered in a coating of snow.  Winds are gusty and some blowing snow is likely to reduce visibility, as well.  In general, a coating to an inch of snow is possible up to noon.

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Once a piece of energy in the upper-levels of the atmosphere swings to our east, the snow showers will wind down…again, around noon. 

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Most gov candidates oppose NECAP, support testing

March 13th, 2014 at 7:28 am by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – All but one of Rhode Island’s major gubernatorial candidates have found something they agree on: The NECAP standardized test should not be part of the state’s high school graduation requirements.

Democrats Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell as well as Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung all said Tuesday they oppose tying results on the test to a high school diploma, but indicated they aren’t completely against the use of standardized testing in education.

Businessman Ken Block, who is challenging Fung in the Republican primary, said he supports the graduation requirements that are already in place, which include the use of the NECAP – short for the New England Common Assessment Program – for the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 before moving to another assessment beginning the following year.

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