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.