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Good Morning, today is Tuesday, August 9.

🌊 On this day in 1918, Award-winning Director, Producer, and Screenwriter Robert Aldrich was born in Cranston. Aldrich is best known for his films including Vera Cruz, The Dirty Dozen, and The Longest Yard. Read More

🌊 There is a lot of interesting and fun stuff on tap for tonight, including a live performance on the Coastal Queen, author Christian McBurney at Charter Books, The Jacalyn & William P. Egan Fellows Lecture at Rosecliff, and the Down City Band at Easton’s Beach. Get the full rundown for this week and weekend here.

🌊 WUN’s Tyler Bernadyn with a look at the 16 Newport County real estate sales, transactions that took place last week.

🌊 Are you ready for an absolute hunk of a dog? Meet Ollie! He’s a wonderful guy who’s just missing a family. Meet Ollie – Adoptable Dog of the Week: Ollie

🌊 In Portsmouth, the late John ‘Bobby’ Arruda has been honored with a bench. [East Bay RI]

🌊 Decades of implicit and explicit discriminatory housing policies leave Black people in Rhode Island three times more likely than white people to live in neglected and unsafe housing. ecoRI reports – Mind the Gap: R.I.’s Affordable Housing Stock Fails to Meet Need

🌊 Governor McKee will join the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), airline representatives, and local and state officials this morning at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport for “an important commercial air service announcement that will create new jobs and new routes to benefit the Rhode Island economy”.

Have a great Tuesday,

~ Ryan Belmore

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What’s Up Today


  • Heat Advisory
  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Rip Current Statement
  • Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog between 11 pm and 1 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: SW wind 10 to 12 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NNE 5 to 9 kt after midnight. Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog between 11pm and 1am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 72°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:48 am | Sunset: 7:53 pm | 14 hours & 5 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 5:49 am & 6:23 pm | Low tide at 11:14 am.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 11.2 days, 86% lighting.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.