Rhode Island State Climate Office Newest Observations Take a look at the latest local percipitation observations! Become a CoCoRaHS Observer Sign up to become a CoCoRaHS volunteer and share your percipitation observations! Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters NOAA presents the cost of weather and climate disasters that occurred 2017 Summary of Rhode Island's Climate Review the current stats from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA). Rhode Island Drought Monitor Review the current status of Rhode Island's drought conditions. Quarterly Climate Impacts Review quarterly climate impacts and outlook for the Eastern Region National Weather Service Enhanced Data Display A web-based mapping interface to access real-time observed and forecasted weather data. Prev Next Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 The Rhode Island State Climate Office was assigned to the University of Rhode Island in the early 1970’s with Professor James Haven in the Department of Geography as the first NOAA recognized RI State Climatologist. In 1980 Professor Robert Wakefield became the State Climatologist when Prof. Havens departed URI and with the retirement of Prof. Wakefield, Carl Sawyer his research associate took over the duties on an interim basis. Carl Sawyer has since left the position in early 2000. Until late 2015, Lenny Giuliano, the Rhode Island state meteorologist has assumed the duties of state climatologist. The Rhode Island State Climate Office (RISCO) is designated as an official State Climate Office by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC). The RISCO works cooperatively with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), which serves 12 northeastern states and the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton, Massachusetts. The RISCO is located within the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). This web page is a portal to federal and state agencies with weather, climate and water resource information for Rhode Island. The mission of the office is to provide timely, high quality, and pertinent climatic data and information to the state, public and private citizens and decision makers in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island State Climate Office strives to acquire, archive, process and disseminate, in the most cost-effective way possible, all climate and weather information that is or could be of value to public officials, corporations and private citizens in the state. Much of this information is made available at a very small charge or no charge. Overview of Climate in Rhode Island Topographic features - Rhode Island, the smallest of states, shares the southeastern corner of New England with a portion of Massachusetts. The State extends for 50 miles in a north-south direction and has an average width of about 30 miles. The total area, including Block Island some 10 miles offshore, is 1,214 square miles. There are three topographical divisions of the State. A narrow coastal plain lies along the south shore and Narragansett Bay with an elevation of less than 100 feet. A second division lies to the north and east of the Bay with gently rolling uplands of up to 200 feet elevation. The western two-thirds of Rhode Island consist of predominantly hilly uplands of mostly 200 to 600 feet elevation but rising to a maximum of 800 feet above sea level in the northwest corner of the State. Read more here. 2023 Weather Year in Review Click here to view the National Weather Service's "2023 Weather Year in Review" ArcGIS story map - a creative tool for browsing significant weather events of 2023! Air Quality Forecast View DEM's latest Air Quality Forecast Download the AirNow Mobile App to view the Fire and Smoke Map. Subscribe to EnviroFlash to receive air quality alerts directly to your inbox!