Today’s the Day

July 16th, 2014 at 7:10 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Today’s the day that RI and southeastern MA will have the highest risk of showers and thunderstorms due to a slow-moving cold front.  It’s a front that’s been sparking nasty storms across New England since Sunday evening and today it will FINALLY move through southeastern New England and then eventually off-shore.  We’ve been able to dodge most of the storms over the last few days, but today I think our luck runs out.  Since the front is approaching RI and southeastern MA (and eventually moving over us), we have a high chance of seeing rounds of showers and thunderstorms through the day.  In fact, we’ve already been dealing with downpours for the morning commute.

The main concern today continues to be the potential for FLASH FLOODING.  The Flash Flood watch is in effect until 2pm.  Tropical downpours will be off and on through the day with rainfall rates of up to 1-2″ per hour possible.  That sort of deluge can cause typically prone spots to quickly flood, making travel difficult.  The threat of severe storms is a bit lower than the last few days, but we could certainly see some embedded stronger thunderstorms with frequent lightning and isolated damaging wind gusts.


Evening Update. Radar Shows Storms Close To Arriving

July 15th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening  From Chief Meteorologist Tony R Petrarca….

 Latest radar as of 935 pm shows areal coverage of heavy rain and thunder expanding across  Long Island and just offshore. This heavier rain and thunder will move in after 11pm and continue thru the overnight and into Wednesday. Some localized flash flooding of streets is expected at times Tonight thru the Wednesday morning commute…my updated forecast Tonight on channel 12 Eyewitness Newsat 11pm



Raytheon lays off workers in Rhode Island, Mass.

July 15th, 2014 at 4:18 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Defense giant Raytheon Co. has laid off an undisclosed number of workers at its facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

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Highest Risk For Severe Storms “Western” New England

July 15th, 2014 at 2:44 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

As of 2:30pm, most of our area as been void of any strong to severe thunderstorms.  The highest risk still looks like central and western Massachusetts and Connecticut.  However a strong thunderstorm(s) cant be ruled out for rest of our area this evening  thru Wednesday, so stay tuned to future forecasts, tweets and blogs. Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in anticipation of heavier downpours tonight into Wednesday .

Tony Petrarca

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The Beat Goes On…

July 15th, 2014 at 8:59 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The same steamy air mass and slow moving cold front that brought some showers and thunderstorms to New England on Monday is still affecting our weather today.  And the risk for severe storms continues.  The storm prediction center is continuing to highlight western New England as the area most at risk of seeing storms with damaging winds and heavy rain develop.  The high-resolution RPM model is showing that area to be one to watch by early-mid afternoon.


RPM Model for 2pm Tuesday

There is even a slight chance of an isolated tornado spinning up in one of these thunderstorms today.  In southeastern New England, the risk of severe weather will be lower, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see some nasty storms later today.  Any storms that develop in western New England will need to be carefully monitored as they move east towards the RI border during the afternoon and evening.

Our area will see more widespread showers and embedded thunderstorms late tonight and Wednesday as the cold front finally moves through southeastern New England.  We’re at risk of torrential downpours and gusty winds during Wednesday morning’s commute with localized street and poor drainage flooding potentially leading to a slow commute.   temp 2

The rain will taper off from west to east through the late afternoon and evening, with drier weather finally returning by Thursday.

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Thunderstorms Likely…”Some” Could Be Strong To Severe.

July 14th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

The weather patern next 48 hours will favor heavy showers and thunderstorms  “at times” . Some storm will be strong to severe Tonight into Tuesday. The best chance for storms reaching severe limits on Tuesday will be in western Massachusetts and western Connecticutt.  Map below shows the Tuesday risk area in yellow. Even though it does not include Rhode Island at this time, it is close enough that it bears watching.  Thunderstorms  in the yellow risk area have a slight chance of producing an isolated Tornado…again does not include our viewing area..BUT …it should be  monitored.  A few strong thunderstorms later this evening, with another chance by  “late” Tuesday afternoon and evening.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS:  Now thru Wednesday Afternoon: 2 to 4 inches

WINDS:  Strong Gusts In Any Severe Thunderstorms.

FLOODING:  Potential For “Localized” Poor Drainage Street Flooding















City Council overrides Taveras veto of landlord tax cut

July 14th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Landlords in Rhode Island’s capital city will get their tax break, after all.

The Providence City Council voted Monday to override Mayor Angel Taveras’s veto of an ordinance that reduces the tax rate for rental property owners, but could force the next mayor to raise taxes on homeowners across the city to pay for it.

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RI governor hopefuls have already spent $2M on TV ads

July 14th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The campaign to become Rhode Island’s next governor is already getting quite expensive.

The five major candidates for governor have bought $2.1 million worth of television advertising since mid-May, according to an internal campaign tracking document obtained by The lion’s share of that money – $1.9 million – has been spent by the three Democrats: Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell and Angel Taveras.

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July 14th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by under General Talk, On the Main Site, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca












Lorne Adrain drops out of Providence mayor’s race

July 14th, 2014 at 1:29 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The race for Providence mayor is shrinking.

Lorne Adrain, who considered running for the city’s top job as a Democrat before making a last-minute decision to run as an independent, said Monday he is pulling out of race, the clearest sign yet that liberal-minded Providence residents could attempt to rally behind one candidate in the race against former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.

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Severe Storms Possible Today

July 14th, 2014 at 5:27 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Our area has been placed under a “slight” risk for severe storms today by the Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, OK.

Severe T'Storm Outlook

Severe T’Storm Outlook


Wind Damage Potential

As the Pinpoint Weather Team has been stating over the last few days… our atmosphere will be primed for strong to severe storms to pop-up over the next few days.   As for today… humidity will build and some peeks of hazy sun should allow for the atmosphere to become unstable… as a piece of energy in the upper-levels lifts through southern New England it will act as the focus for storms to begin developing through the afternoon.  Torrential downpours and damaging winds are the biggest concerns with these storms.


Tornado Risk

The Storm Prediction Center has also placed areas just to our southwest under a slight (2%) risk of a tornado.

Locally, the National Weather Service office in Taunton has issued a “FLASH FLOOD WATCH” for Connecticut and Western MA. These areas are most at risk of seeing rounds of thunderstorms that could contain very heavy rainfall leading to localized flash flooding.  Some storms could dump up to 3″+ of rain over the next few days.

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The risk of flash flooding will likely spread east into RI/SE MA, especially later Tuesday into early Wednesday.

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Watch Executive Suite: Joe Paolino; Beaudoin and Kishfy

July 14th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

Violent crime in Providence fell 45% between 1991 and 2012

July 14th, 2014 at 3:13 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Violent crime in Rhode Island’s capital city was nearly slashed in half between 1991 and 2012, mirroring a national trend that saw a significant reduction in the number of homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults over the last two decades.

A review of Uniform Crime Reports published by the FBI shows Providence reported 2,049 violent crimes in 1991, the year Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. began his second go-around in City Hall. By 2012, current Mayor Angel Taveras’s second year in office, the city reported 1,133 violent crimes, a 45% swing.

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Active Weather Pattern This Week With Strong Thunderstorms

July 13th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

A number of weather parameters will come together over the next 2-3 days to produce showers and thunderstorms. Some of these have the potential to be strong to severe. The combination of high humidity, a slow moving cold front and unusually strong winds in the upper levels (30, 000 feeet, jet stream level) of the atmosphere will come into play to produce the stormy weather “at times“. There are still timing and location uncertainties for each day…but confidence is high that each day, Monday thru Wednesday, there will be the risk of storms… Meanwhile, for this evening, strong thunderstorms just south of the Mass Pike, are expected to weaken as they approach after 1opm. Stay tuned to further forecasts.



Periods of Heavy Rain, Strong T-Storms Monday into Wednesday

July 13th, 2014 at 8:13 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New data coming in continues to support the threat of showers and strong thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday.  One change I am noticing is the tendency for the front to slow down; this translates to the showers lasting longer into Wednesday afternoon, rather than wrapping up in the morning.

MONDAY: Periods of showers and strong thunderstorms will move through.  This still does NOT look like a washout, but Tony will look at more data Sunday night to see if this changes.


*RISK OF DAMAGING WIND: LOW TO MODERATE (Highest for northern and western Rhode Island)


TUESDAY: Another humid day with the chance of showers and strong thunderstorms.  The showers and thunderstorms look like they will be more frequent than on Monday, especially by the afternoon.  The heaviest of the rain may fall Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.




WEDNESDAY: This axis of heaviest rainfall looks like it pulls through on Wednesday morning; therefore the Wednesday morning commute could be a rough one.  As mentioned above, the front responsible for the showers and T-storms looks like it will take its time moving through southern New England.  Therefore, some showers and thunderstorms are still possible through out the afternoon.





The timing on all of this could change, so stay tuned for adjustments.  Tony will have another look at the data soon. Have a good Sunday! -Pete Mangione





Watch Newsmakers: Almonte, Caprio and Magaziner debate

July 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

Could be Wet and Wild for First Part of Work Week

July 12th, 2014 at 6:35 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New information continues to come in regarding the showers and thunderstorms for the first part of the work week; this new information is very consistent with previou0s data… it keeps the timing from Monday until about Wednesday morning.

Monday: There will be periods of showers and thunderstorms; some of which could be quite strong bringing heavy downpours and damaging winds.  The difficult part of this forecast is determining whether Monday will be a washout or not.  For now, I will say no washout with a decent amount of dry time mixed in with the rain.  However, one of our computer models is more aggressive and stalls a boundary right over southern New England.  I would like to look at more data before making a final call about whether Monday is a “watch a movie” type of day.

TUESDAY: This looks like the best chance for a washout with periods of showers, thunderstorms, and heavy rain.  Just like Monday, a few of these storms will have the potential of damaging winds and flash flooding.

WEDNESDAY: Showers and thunderstorms are likely at least through the early morning, and then things should gradually improve during the afternoon.  It is THIS part of the forecast that is subject to the most change; if the front speeds up by a few hours, Wednesday afternoon could be a nice day.  If the front slows down by a few hours, Wednesday could end up a washout.

We will keep fine tuning the timing and details over the next few days. -Pete Mangione



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

July 12th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

Happy Saturday! Here’s another edition of my weekend column here on – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to, and follow @tednesi on Twitter.

1. The three candidates running for general treasurer – Ernie Almonte, Frank Caprio and Seth Magaziner – squared off Friday in the first of this month’s pre-primary debates on Newsmakers, and the hour-long exchange gave a clear indication of how Caprio and Magaziner are pitching themselves to Democratic primary voters. Caprio, a familiar face, touted his record during his previous term in the treasurer’s office, casting himself as not only more experienced than Magaziner but also wiser today than he was when he made his botched run for governor. Even though he’s not technically the incumbent, in many ways Caprio is really running a re-election campaign, with all the advantages and challenges that implies. Magaziner is keeping a tight focus on the pension fund’s investment returns, and the need for the state to start matching the national average. (Cate Long might approve.) The 30-year-old is also trying to use his youth to his advantage by arguing the State House needs new faces, and to cast Caprio as a fair-weather Democrat who isn’t loyal to the party. Waiting in the wings is Almonte, a Democrat until last month who now has tacit GOP support for his independent bid. He emphasized his background as an accountant, suggesting the treasurer should be focused on math and money rather than partisan politics. That message could resonate in a state where one in two voters are registered independents, though non-party bids are always uphill battles.

2. Both Frank Caprio and Seth Magaziner are trying to navigate political tightropes in their campaigns. Caprio’s political profile was long that of a moderate or even conservative Democrat, and he’s acknowledged flirting with the Republican Party. Yet in his comeback bid for treasurer he’s striking a populist tone critical of Wall Street and high finance that wouldn’t be out of place with the party’s Elizabeth Warren wing: he strongly opposed the rehiring of the state’s longtime financial advisers at First Southwest, suggested the state is wasting money with hedge funds, and raised doubts about paying the 38 Studios bonds. All that sounds like an appeal to voters who dislike Gina Raimondo – but when asked to judge Raimondo’s work as treasurer, Caprio gave her an “A” grade. Magaziner, though, has challenges of his own. He is strongly supported by some progressives, who bonded with him while he was serving on the Marriage Equality Rhode Island board, and has won the endorsement of unions such as the National Education Association Rhode Island. Yet he’s also backed by some pro-Raimondo types who see him as the best option to protect her pension law, he is open to investing with hedge funds, and he supports paying the 38 Studios bonds. Meanwhile, a huge question remains unanswered: what will Bill and Hillary Clinton do to help Magaziner, the son of their old friend Ira?

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Storm Potential Early Next Week….

July 11th, 2014 at 11:51 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist  Tony Petrarca

While it is still several days down the road, our computer guidance data continues to indicate the “potential”  for severe thunderstorms from Update New York into New England next Tuesday afternoon and evening. However, many “atmosheric parameters” need to come together for this to happen…bottom line, stay tuned.  This is still 3-4 days out which means it is to early to talk specifics….but our weather team just wanted to give you an early head up on this “potential”  Meanwhile this weekend looks beautiful so enjoy. Pete Mangione will have updates this weekend and I will be back on air Sunday Night with more information.





















RI Treasurer candidates back pension overhaul, settlement

July 11th, 2014 at 5:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The three candidates for Rhode Island general treasurer all agreed Friday that the state’s landmark pension overhaul was necessary and pledged to negotiate a settlement to a lawsuit filed by public employee unions in order to avoid years of costly legal battles over the 2011 law.

Democrats Frank Caprio and Seth Magaziner as well as independent Ernest Almonte made their comments in an hour-long debate during a special taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers. There is no Republican candidate in the race to replace incumbent Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor this year.

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Caprio’s campaign ineligible for public matching funds

July 11th, 2014 at 4:26 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Frank Caprio’s comeback campaign won’t be getting public matching funds after all.

Caprio filed paperwork with the R.I. Board of Elections on June 23 saying he would participate this year in the state’s matching funds system, which provide money to help fund campaigns on a sliding scale based on how much the candidate raises, but a state official said Friday he isn’t allowed to get the money.

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Stokes withdraws 38 Studios lawsuit against lawyers

July 11th, 2014 at 1:07 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The former director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has voluntarily withdrawn from a lawsuit against two of the agency’s former lawyers.

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Buddy Cianci to run campaign out of former Hillary Clinton office

July 10th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – What do Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Hillary Clinton have in common?

A campaign headquarters.

Cianci, the six-time former mayor of Providence who is again running to lead Rhode Island’s capital city, plans to open his campaign’s central office at 175 Broad St., the same location that housed Clinton’s Rhode Island office during her unsuccessful 2008 campaign for president.

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Unsettled Weather Early Next Week…

July 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

A significant shift south of the storm track (jet stream) will bring much cooler weather to the eastern half of the county, especially the Midwest. However, here in in New England, the medium range outlook (6-10days) will feature seasonably warm air, but no major heat.

The major shift in the jet stream for early next week (Monday Tuesday) will bring a higher risk of showers and thunderstorms for our area. The map below represents temperature anomolies. The darkest blue color  depicts where cooler air will be. Meanwhile hot dry air will build in the west.

Judge hears settlement arguments in 38 Studios suit

July 8th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island Superior Court judge heard arguments Tuesday on a proposed settlement by two of the defendants in the state’s lawsuit against the architects of the failed 38 Studios loan deal, but did not issue a ruling on the matter.

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Chart: 23% of Rhode Island workers are now age 55 or older

July 8th, 2014 at 2:26 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Rhode Island’s work force is getting older and older in the wake of the Great Recession.

The total number of Rhode Island workers ages 16 to 54 dropped by 55,000 between 2006 and 2013, while the number of workers ages 55 and older rose by 31,000, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey. Those totals include both employed and unemployed workers.

A total of 23% of Rhode Island workers were at least 55 years old in 2013, compared with 17% in 2006.

Here’s a chart comparing the number of workers in each age group in 2006 versus 2013:

RI labor force by ageWhile the growth in Rhode Island’s 55-plus labor force wasn’t enough to offset the decline in its 16-to-54-year-old one, the opposite was true across the broader population. The state’s civilian non-institutional population ages 16 and older grew by 7,000 between 2006 and 2013, thanks to a net gain of 54,000 residents ages 55 and up.

Rhode Island’s population losses between 2006 and 2013 were concentrated in one age group: 35- to 54-year-olds, whose overall number fell by 47,000 during that period – a 14% drop. That decline suggests middle-aged residents either left the state, aged out of the group but weren’t replaced by younger residents, or some combination of the two.

Adults between the ages of 25 and 54 are referred to by economists as “prime-age” workers because they are in the prime of their working lives – focusing on their careers, raising their families and saving for retirement.

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

Microburst Confirmed in Boston Suburb Monday Evening

July 8th, 2014 at 12:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service storm survey team says it was a powerful microburst that caused the wind damage in the Boston suburb of Bedford around 5:45pm yesterday.  A severe thunderstorm hit the area during the evening rush hour, carving a path of damage across the center of Bedford that was 2.5 miles long, and a half mile wide, uprooting trees and power lines.  The storm survey team estimates winds were 90-100mph in the microburst, which leads to straight line wind damage.

Microburst Diagram

Microburst Diagram

The storm blew down and uprooted approximately 50-70 trees–most of them were healthy pine trees towering some 100ft high! Some of the trees landed on houses and caused significant damage.  Here are some pictures from storm spotters in Massachusetts yesterday.

Woburn, MA

Woburn, MA

Winchester, MA

Winchester, MA

Lunenberg, MA

Lunenberg, MA

Despite many images of what appeared to be a funnel cloud in the Medford and Malden areas around 6pm, there were no eyewitness reports of any tornadoes.

While the heat and humidity build this afternoon, an isolated strong to severe thunderstorm can’t be ruled out… though we don’t expect the activitiy to be as widespread as yesterday around Boston.  Here’s where the NOAA Storm Prediction Center is indicating the highest risk of severe storms will be–with damaging winds being the biggest threat.


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Severe Thunderstorm Potential

Probability of a Tornado

Probability of a Tornado

Probability of Wind Damage

Probability of Wind Damage



Jorge Elorza wants to build Providence broadband network

July 8th, 2014 at 11:03 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said Tuesday he wants Providence to try its hand at the broadband business, proposing a multi-million dollar plan to build a public network that would compete with existing Internet service providers.

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Mayoral candidate Adrain backs landlord tax cut; others opposed

July 7th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain said Monday he supports a city ordinance that reduces the tax rate for rental property owners, while the other leading candidates in the crowded race backed Mayor Taveras’s decision to veto the law.

Adrain, an East Side businessman who originally planned to run as a Democrat before declaring as an independent, called the ordinance an opportunity “to think differently” and pledged to “review and restructure the Providence tax code” if he’s elected mayor in November.

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Arthur Just 8th July Cyclone on Record for New England

July 7th, 2014 at 12:55 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

History shows just how rare it is for New England to see impacts from a tropical system in July.  According to the Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC), Arthur was just the 8th time since 1900.  temp 2

Arthur dumped more than 8″ of rain in parts of New Bedford and an average of 2-4″ across  RI.  In addition, tropical storm force winds were recorded on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. temp 1

The NERFC says other notable July cyclones in our area were:

Bertha on July 13, 1996 and Brenda or July 30, 1960