Watching a Low Center off the Carolina Coast

September 20th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are watching an area of low pressure off the Carolina coastline very closely.  This steadily developed and strengthened through the day on Saturday.

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If this low were to sit off the coast another day or so, this system could become a tropical storm.  As of 10:15pm Saturday, the winds around the center were strengthening.  This is some weather information from a buoy just to the northeast of the center.

Courtesy: NOAA/National Data Buoy Center

Courtesy: NOAA/National Data Buoy Center

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CVS Health 5K: Mild Temperatures, but Showers Possible

September 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The CVS 5K starts at 11:15AM tomorrow (Sunday), and we are tracking the CHANCE for a few showers.  I have done this race a few times over the past few years and the weather has been fantastic, so hopefully we can keep it that way!

A tricky forecast is developing for Sunday because a chunk of tropical moisture will make a close pass to southern New England.

What we know about Sunday: A mild air mass will be in place, so even if we end up with morning showers and a lot of clouds, temperatures should be in the 70s for most of the day.  Temperatures should be in the low 70s around 11:15AM for the start of the race.  That is almost ideal for running in terms of temperature, but it will be muggy.

What we still need to fine tune: There is still a lot of uncertainty in the threat of Sunday showers.  If this “chunk” of tropical moisture stays well offshore, then we end up with just a brief sprinkle or no showers at all.  If this chunk of tropical moisture moves further inland, then some downpours and even a thunderstorm is possible Sunday morning.   My forecast for now leans towards the drier scenario, with a few brief sprinkles possible Sunday morning and then a dry afternoon.

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If you are running in or watching the 5K, I would at plan on a few showers for Sunday morning.  Tune in to TJ tonight, and then catch me at 6AM tomorrow morning on WPRI 12.  We will be going live in Providence for the race preparations, and I will be tracking potential showers with Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 RADAR.  -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

September 20th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Former Solomon campaign manager tapped to lead anti-Cianci effort

September 19th, 2014 at 11:57 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The effort to prevent former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back his old job is beginning to take shape.

Jake Bissaillon, who served as chief of staff to the City Council between 2011 and 2014 and led Michael Solmon’s unsuccessful mayoral campaign this summer, has been tapped to coordinate a third party group aimed at attacking Cianci’s independent run for mayor, according to Lorne Adrain, one of the group’s top organizers. Bissaillon confirmed he is working with the group.

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Cold Morning, Cold Tonight, Warmer Weekend

September 19th, 2014 at 11:24 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Brrrrr…..temperatures this morning were pretty cold (by September standards) throughout New England.  Here in Southern New England, temperatures were between 42 and 50 at sunrise…a little milder on the Cape and on the Islands.

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In Northern New England and Upstate New York, temperatures were winter-like…and it’s not even officially Fall yet! The low was 21° in Saranac Lake, NY!!

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Taveras: I’ll do ‘everything I can’ to help Elorza beat Cianci

September 18th, 2014 at 10:22 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said Wednesday he plans to do “everything I can” to ensure that city government remains “free of corruption” by helping Democrat Jorge Elorza defeat Buddy Cianci in the race to lead Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Elorza, Harrop take aim at Cianci during mayoral forum

September 18th, 2014 at 10:21 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – This one got ugly in a hurry.

The first candidate forum between Providence mayoral hopefuls Jorge Elorza, Daniel Harrop and Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. quickly turned into a war of words Wednesday, as Elorza and Harrop took turns attacking Cianci over his indiscretions during his two prior tenures as mayor and Cianci fired back with criticism of his own.

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A handful of RI cities powered Raimondo and Fung victories

September 17th, 2014 at 11:59 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Raimondo Fung primary night 2014Rhode Island may have 39 cities and towns, but the state doesn’t have an Electoral College, so it doesn’t matter how many different municipalities a candidate wins – run up the score enough in a few and you could conceivably win an election while losing a majority of the 39.

That’s not what happened in last week’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries; both Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung came out on top in a majority of the 39 cities and towns, with Raimondo winning 36 of them and Fung winning 28 of them.

But a closer look at the results shows a majority of Raimondo’s votes came from just seven cities and towns, while a majority of Fung’s votes came from only eight.

Raimondo’s top three cities for votes matched the state’s top three cities for population precisely: Providence (9,738 votes), Warwick (4,387) and Cranston (3,593). Her fourth-best community was Cumberland, only the eighth-biggest by population, which gave her 3,150 votes. Add in Pawtucket (2,912), North Providence (2,599) and East Providence (2,527), and you have a majority of Raimondo’s 54,041 accounted for. Her biggest outlier was probably Central Falls, which ranks 19th by population but was 30th for Raimondo votes. (Angel Taveras won the city with help from Mayor James Diossa.)

Raimondo got 50,041 votes total; here are the rankings with cumulative percentages:

  1. Providence: 9,738 (18%)
  2. Warwick: 4,387 (26%)
  3. Cranston: 3,593 (33%)
  4. Cumberland: 3,150 (39%)
  5. Pawtucket: 2,912 (44%)
  6. North Providence: 2,599 (49%)
  7. East Providence: 2,527 (54%)

Fung’s vote totals don’t match up as precisely with population centers. His top cities were his hometown of Cranston (3,040 votes) and Warwick (2,428), which together contributed almost one in three Fung votes. But his third-best town was North Kingstown (834), which ranks 13th by population, whereas the state’s biggest city, Providence, gave him only 616 votes, even fewer than Coventry (734). Another town with outsized impact was East Greenwich (512 votes), 26th by population but sixth for Fung votes. The rest of his majority came from South Kingstown (506) and East Providence (477).

Fung got 17,531 votes total; here are the rankings with cumulative percentages:

  1. Cranston: 3,040 (17%)
  2. Warwick: 2,428 (31%)
  3. North Kingstown: 834 (36%)
  4. Coventry: 734 (40%)
  5. Providence: 616 (44%)
  6. East Greenwich: 512 (47%)
  7. South Kingstown: 506 (49.5%)
  8. East Providence: 477 (52%)

The results in Central Falls were even more striking for Fung than for Raimondo. He won more votes on Block Island (36) than he did in Central Falls (26), even though the latter has 18 times more residents.

Ted Nesi ( tnesi@wpri.com ) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi


Hurricane Edouard Weakens, But Still Strong In Central Atlantic

September 16th, 2014 at 7:01 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

AFTER REACHING 115 MPH EDOUARD BEGINS TO WEAKEN…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST
LOCATION…32.3N   57.5W
ABOUT 425 MI…685 KM EAST OF BERMUDA

ABOUT 1670 MI…2685 KM W OF FAYAL ISLAND IN THE WESTERN AZORES

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH

PRESENT MOVEMENT…NORTH AT 15 MPH

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…958 MB

 

 

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Mayoral candidates Cianci, Elorza spar over religion

September 16th, 2014 at 4:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – God has entered the race for Providence mayor.

Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Democrat Jorge Elorza are entangled in a battle over religion, with Cianci questioning a 2010 law review article in which Elorza argued that it may be constitutional to teach the “non-existence of a theist God” in schools. Elorza is accusing Cianci of attempting to “distort the facts and mislead the voters.”

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38 Studios lobby hearing decision expected Wednesday

September 16th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A decision in the 38 Studios lobby violation hearings is expected to be released Wednesday, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

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Ken Block: I didn’t recruit Bob Healey to run for gov

September 16th, 2014 at 11:40 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block said Tuesday he’s not yet ready to endorse his former opponent Allan Fung, but emphasized he had nothing to do with Robert Healey becoming the candidate of the fledgling Moderate Party that Block founded.

“I literally haven’t spoken to [Healey], and I won’t, because I just don’t want to,” Block told WPRI.com on Tuesday morning in his first interview since the primary.

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GOP’s Harrop facing pressure to drop mayoral bid, block Buddy Cianci

September 15th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican Daniel Harrop said Monday he is “fairly confident” he will remain in the race for Providence mayor, despite mounting pressure to end his campaign in an effort to block independent Buddy Cianci from returning to City Hall.

Harrop said he has multiple factors to consider before he makes a final decision, including whether his presence in the race would actually create an easier path to victory for Cianci, the former mayor who served 4 ½ years in prison following a corruption conviction in 2002.

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Aponte, Jackson want new City Council leadership team

September 15th, 2014 at 9:52 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – That didn’t take long.

Less than a week after the Democratic primary, several Providence City Council members are already lining up the votes to overhaul the council’s leadership team beginning in January, WPRI.com has learned.

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Watch Executive Suite: Defense industry; Alashan Cashmere

September 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Post-primary political roundtable

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The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

September 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Northern Lights Could Be Visible Friday Night

September 12th, 2014 at 11:44 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Some space weather forecasters are saying tonight could be the best opportunity for us to see the Northern Lights in over a year.   Forecasting this phenomenon is very difficult, but here’s how you may be able to see it tonight.

  • Wait until the sky gets dark
  • Get away from city lights
  • Look to the northern horizon
  • Be patient, check back through the night

The science behind the Aurora Borealis

Two powerful solar flares erupted from the sun on both Monday and Wednesday this week.  Material from these eruptions was thrown through space and toward Earth.  Material released from a solar flare is called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).   That material is a plasma consisting of electrons and protons and sometimes helium and oxygen.

Here’s a movie of the X-Class solar flare on Wednesday from NASA:

 

The Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the large amounts of radiation from the sun; however there are times that power grids see fluctuations or damage.  Communication satellites could see disruptions and GPS units could briefly become unusable tonight.

A nice side-effect of these particles hitting the Earth is the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.  Space weather forecasters from NOAA said in their “Space Weather Watch” that auroras are potentially visible from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.  We are at the same latitude as those states, so it is quite possible we could see the Northern Lights tonight.

The Northern Lights occur when the particles from the sun follow the Earth’s magnetic poles and interact with the gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.  That interaction causes the gases to emit light.   The most common color is a pale green.  On some occasions, other colors are present.

From the first eruption from the sun on Monday, Northern Lights were reported from Northern Michigan to Alaska Thursday night.   So, the atmosphere is already energized, and the one-two punch on consecutive nights could create an Aurora visible from Southern New England.   The strength of the Aurora can be measured by a number called the Kp index.  To see the lights from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we typically need a Kp index of 7 to 8.   What makes Friday night/Saturday morning special is that some space weather forecasters are saying we could get a Kp index of 9!

 

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Birds Caught on Radar

September 12th, 2014 at 10:06 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This morning around sunrise, Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar detected a very large flock of birds over Connecticut.

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Tropical Storm Edouard Latest

September 12th, 2014 at 9:32 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Edouard continues his trek across the Deep Tropics.  As of 8am, Edouard was approximately 1130 miles to the west of the Cape Verde Islands.  It was moving pretty quickly, too, at about 15mph, heading westward.

Currently, the tropical storm is battling some upper-level winds and dry air, but a slow strengthening is expected during the next several days…possibly intensifying into a hurricane over the weekend.

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Tropical Storm Edouard Forms In Far Open Atlantic

September 11th, 2014 at 10:48 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD FORMS IN THE FAR EASTERN ATLANTIC…
FORECAST TO REMAIN OUT TO SEA  AND NO THREAT TO U.S. MAINLAND

SUMMARY OF 1000 PM

LOCATION…17.3N 39.4W
ABOUT 1020 MI…1645 KM W OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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SATELLITE DATA INDICATE THAT TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX HAS
INTENSIFIED AND IS NOW TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD…THE FIFTH
NAMED TROPICAL STORM OF THE CURRRENT ATLANTIC HURRICANE
SEASON. AT 1100 PM THE CENTER OF EDOUARD WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 39.4 WEST.

EDOUARD IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH….AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

THE FORECAST TRACK KEEPS EDOUARD OVER THE OPEN WATERS OF THE NORTH
CENTRAL ATLANTIC.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM
PRIMARILY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.

 

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Cianci: ‘No interest’ in collecting city pension

September 11th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Independent mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. said Thursday he will not seek to collect the taxpayer-funded pension he is eligible for from his previous two stints running Rhode Island’s capital city.

Cianci, 73, also said he isn’t planning to attempt to recoup the $209,000 he contributed to the pension system throughout nearly 22 years as Providence mayor during a taping of Dan Yorke State of Mind on myRITV. The interview will air Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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Raimondo’s primary victory cost $2.3M more than Coakley’s

September 11th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Massachusetts’ population is six times bigger than Rhode Island’s, but it was actually less expensive for Martha Coakley to win a nomination for governor this year in the Bay State than for Gina Raimondo to do so in its small southern neighbor.

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East Side secured Elorza win in Providence mayor primary

September 11th, 2014 at 11:55 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

While opponent Jorge Elorza was racking up votes on the East Side and the two Democrats were running close to even on the South Side, Michael Solomon’s base in the Mount Pleasant, Elmhurst and the Charles neighborhoods didn’t turn out to vote in numbers that would offset Elorza’s dominating performance across the city, according to a WPRI.com review of pre-mail-ballot voting tallies. In the end, Solomon won the rest of the city, but Elorza’s big East Side haul was enough to secure the victory citywide.

Around 9:45 p.m., Solomon called Elorza to concede the race. Fifteen minutes later, Elorza was ushered in a backdoor at Fete nightclub in Olneyville, the site of his victory party. While more than 150 supporters celebrated in the ballroom area, Elorza shared a moment with his closest supporters backstage. He hugged his campaign manager Marisa O’Gara, who left her position in the Taveras administration earlier this year to work for Elorza.

By 10:15, Brett Smiley, the East Side Democrat whose decision to exit the race and endorse Elorza likely helped Elorza win so heavily in Wards 1, 2, and 3, was introducing the Democratic nominee for mayor of Providence.

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Clay Pell campaign spent $111 for every vote he got

September 10th, 2014 at 1:19 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Clay Pell finished the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary right where he started, in third place – but not before dishing out more than $3.4 million of his own money in a failed attempt to win.

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Raimondo, Fung set to face off for RI governor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is set to elect its first female governor or its first Asian-American governor this November after General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung won their party’s nominations on Tuesday.

More than 153,000 registered Rhode Island voters cast a ballot in the primary election, with roughly 123,000 votes cast in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and about 31,000 votes cast in the Republican race, according to preliminary results. That would put voter turnout in the primary at roughly 20%.

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More winners in Tuesday’s primary elections:


Elorza wins Democratic primary for Providence mayor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:04 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza used a massive turnout on Providence’s East Side Tuesday to squeak by City Council President Michael Solomon in the Democratic primary for mayor.

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WPRI.com Live Blog: Primary Night 2014 Coverage

September 9th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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Minor Earthquake in RI Monday Evening

September 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 9:58pm Monday evening, there was a minor earthquake just off the west coast of Portsmouth…between Portsmouth and Prudence Island.  The epicenter was right near Portsmouth Abbey.

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It was a magnitude 1.5 earthquake.  Typically, humans don’t feel earthquakes below magnitude 2.0, but a minor earthquake near New Bedford earlier this year was felt by many people.  That one was very shallow.  The earthquake Monday evening was about 7miles deep, and it’s doubtful anyone felt this tremor.   There were no reports of damage.

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Don’t miss Dan McGowan’s new Cianci story for Politico

September 8th, 2014 at 10:10 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

I know blogging has been rather – ahem – light here on Nesi’s Notes in recent months, with primaries and polls and debates keeping me cranking out main-site stories and TV coverage. But I never forget you, loyal NN readers, and I hope to get back to more regular blogging post-primary and particularly post-election.

For now, though, I have to take a moment and direct your attention to an exciting career milestone by my ace WPRI.com colleague Dan McGowan, who has been a huge asset to WPRI 12 and Nesi’s Notes since joining the team last year.

Politico Magazine – the political news site’s newish long-form-focused offshoot – just posted McGowan’s first-ever national story, a 3,000-plus-word look at the latest comeback attempt by Buddy Cianci. Click here to read it – a great tale, well told by Dan for locals and out-of-towners alike.