weather http://wnpr.org en Cold Winter Means Healthy Trees -- and Pollen http://wnpr.org/post/cold-winter-means-healthy-trees-and-pollen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the long winter is over, spring is here. So is tree pollen.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:29:46 +0000 Jeff Cohen 20193 at http://wnpr.org Cold Winter Means Healthy Trees -- and Pollen Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World http://wnpr.org/post/global-warming-attitudes-toward-our-changing-world <p>A recent Gallup poll found that, when it comes to climate change, Americans just aren't that worried. Less than 36% of those surveyed recognized global warming as an immediate threat, while most placed economic, federal spending, and healthcare issues above the need for environmental action.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:34:59 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18613 at http://wnpr.org Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear http://wnpr.org/post/severe-weather-socks-economy-full-impact-unclear The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/03/285171762/what-a-blast-wicked-winter-storm-spreads-across-nation" target="_blank">this week's storm</a>, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual.<p>Sal Sambataro, the manager of Il Cortile in Manhattan, says that when the weather is better, people are packed into the family-owned Italian restaurant. On a recent day, though, the temperature is close to 15 degrees and the doorman wears a furry hat. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 17901 at http://wnpr.org Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear The Great Ice Storm of 1898 http://wnpr.org/post/great-ice-storm-1898 <p>Ice. It is both a beauty and a menace, often simultaneously. From February 20 to February 22, 1898, an ice storm swept through northwestern Connecticut, coating tree branches and utility wires.</p><p>Roads were treacherous and slippery. Tree branches, weighed down with ice, broke and fell, rendering some streets impassable. The storm knocked out electricity and telegraph and telephone communications, and closed the trolley lines in parts of the state. The railroad trains kept running, though their tracks had to be cleared of branches and debris, and they arrived well behind schedule.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:51:14 +0000 Tasha Caswell 17708 at http://wnpr.org The Great Ice Storm of 1898 President Obama Visits Next Week; Transportation Committee Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-visits-next-week-transportation-committee-hearing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gBVxZ871hOg?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>President Barack Obama is coming to Connecticut on March 5 as part of his campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The visit follows Governor Dannel Malloy’s heated defense of the proposal at a news conference this week in Washington.&nbsp;Governor Malloy urged the General Assembly to pass a bill this year that would raise the state's minimum wage after the president—in his State of the Union address-- called on Congress to implement the policy nationwide.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:00:26 +0000 Teri McCready 17657 at http://wnpr.org Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January http://wnpr.org/post/forget-local-cold-worldwide-it-was-another-hot-january January will go down in the weather history books as the fourth-warmest on record.<p>That's right.<p>No matter how brutal the winter was in North America, especially the Eastern half, it was balanced by warm temperatures elsewhere on the planet.<p><a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/">The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climate Data Center</a> says that last month marks the 38th consecutive January and the 347th consecutive month (almost 29 years) that global temperatures have been above the average for the 20th century.<p>The last time the average temperature was Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:09:13 +0000 Scott Neuman 17387 at http://wnpr.org Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January NTSB Recommendations to Metro North; CT Salt Shipments Arrive http://wnpr.org/post/ntsb-recommendations-metro-north-ct-salt-shipments-arrive <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xZd9tgTn84g?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for speed-limit signs in more places on Metro-North Railroad and cameras in the control cabs to monitor engineers and the tracks. In a letter dated Tuesday and sent to new Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti, the agency calls for permanent signs to warn engineers in advance of areas where speed restrictions are enforced, as an additional reminder to slow down.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:41:31 +0000 Teri McCready 17208 at http://wnpr.org No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2 http://wnpr.org/post/no-rest-snow-weary-northeast-braces-round-2 The Northeast is in for another winter punch, with the <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> calling for more than a foot of accumulation in many areas through early Sunday. The double-whammy comes even as many areas are still digging out from the last assault a mere two days ago.<p>Snow began falling in Boston Saturday afternoon. The Weather Service says 10 to 14 inches in eastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17051 at http://wnpr.org No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2 What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats http://wnpr.org/post/what-we-might-learn-snoring-weather-cats Sometimes it feels like all the fancy meteorological machinery and prognostication equipment is actually working. And that the weather folks may finally be able to predict — albeit with constant updates and countless hedge words — what the weather is going to be.<p>At least for the next day or so.<p>But is that good enough?<p>H.H.C. Dunwoody didn't think so. Dunwoody was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Service, predecessor to today's <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/pa/history/timeline.php" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a>. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 17042 at http://wnpr.org What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats For The South, Add Earthquake To Snow, Ice And Power Outages http://wnpr.org/post/south-add-earthquake-snow-ice-and-power-outages The Deep South has been shaken up this winter in more ways than one: First, there was the unusual ice and snow and the ensuing power outages. And now, an earthquake.<p>The late-night 4.1 temblor, with an epicenter about 150 miles northwest of Charleston, was not strong enough to do any damage, but it did rattle folks in both South Carolina and Georgia.<p>According to the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000mr27#summary">U.S. Geological Survey</a> says the quake struck at 10:23 p.m. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:16:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17024 at http://wnpr.org For The South, Add Earthquake To Snow, Ice And Power Outages Two More Storms Possible This Weekend; Connecticut Facing Salt Shortage http://wnpr.org/post/two-more-storms-possible-weekend-connecticut-facing-salt-shortage <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3tIfFvrIykI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut residents continue cleaning up after this week’s winter storm. Two more storms may be on the way this weekend. Another low pressure system will move off the mid-Atlantic coast toward the northeast on Saturday, bringing more snow. The snow is expected to begin falling late tomorrow morning.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:53:17 +0000 Teri McCready 17009 at http://wnpr.org State DOT to Help Cities and Towns Get Road Salt http://wnpr.org/post/state-dot-help-cities-and-towns-get-road-salt <p>The Connecticut Department of Transportation is helping cities and towns that are facing a road salt shortage after a series of storms have hit the state. So far, 22 municipalities have informed the state that they need help getting more road salt. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:08:23 +0000 Heather Brandon 17004 at http://wnpr.org State DOT to Help Cities and Towns Get Road Salt Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming http://wnpr.org/post/worst-over-more-snows-coming Here's the good news: The weather's about to get better from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England.<p>"The big nor'easter which recently delivered heavy snow and ice to much of the southern and eastern states will bring heavy snow and coastal rain to New England before exiting the region by Friday afternoon," <a href="http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=pmdspd" target="_blank">the National Weather Service says</a>.<p>Here's the not-so-good news: Although the storm is moving out and there will be some thawing in many places today, temperatures are going to drop ag Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:26:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16984 at http://wnpr.org Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming Gov. Malloy Declares State of Emergency Over Road Salt Shortage http://wnpr.org/post/gov-malloy-declares-state-emergency-over-road-salt-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor&nbsp;Dannel&nbsp;Malloy </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said on Thursday that Connecticut is running short on road salt. He declared a state of emergency to request the federal government address the salt shortage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Malloy said he is directing state emergency management personnel to reach out to cities and towns on Thursday night to get more information about their salt supplies.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:58:51 +0000 Heather Brandon 16952 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Malloy Declares State of Emergency Over Road Salt Shortage Connecticut Battles a Nor'Easter; Snow Removal Budget Depleted http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-battles-noreaster-snow-removal-budget-depleted <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9tHBqZ25nPs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A winter storm&nbsp;has dropped heavy wet snow on Connecticut, along with rain and sleet that began in the southern part of the state overnight before moving northward. Total snow accumulations were about 10 inches in many areas. Connecticut has depleted its budget for snow and ice removal. A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said this week that the agency has spent all $30 million on a dozen storms for the season.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:58:31 +0000 Teri McCready 16931 at http://wnpr.org Winter Storm Shuts Northeast; South Still Reeling http://wnpr.org/post/northeast-new-england-brace-ice-and-snow-move-coast <em>(We're adding details to this post as the day continues.)</em><p>The forecasters said it would be "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/12/275811245/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-will-be-wicked" target="_blank">crippling</a>," "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/11/275254157/mind-boggling-historic-ice-storm-headed-for-deep-south" target="_blank">mind-boggling</a>" and historic.<p>Well, this time around we can't complain about them getting it wrong.<p>Just as expected and feared, a dangerous winter storm has now spread snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:05:38 +0000 Mark Memmott 16919 at http://wnpr.org Winter Storm Shuts Northeast; South Still Reeling Winter Storm Heads Toward Connecticut; Kleen Energy Fire http://wnpr.org/post/winter-storm-heads-toward-connecticut-kleen-energy-fire <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oQa1HjpHC-M?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Residents, businesses, state and local governments are preparing for another snow day. Up to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall. Officials with Connecticut Light and Power say the storm could threaten power lines as well as equipment. CL&amp;P will activate its emergency response plan tomorrow morning and will have crews standing by across the state.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:44:37 +0000 Teri McCready 16886 at http://wnpr.org 'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked http://wnpr.org/post/crippling-and-paralyzing-southern-storm-wicked <h6><em>(</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/12/275811245/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-will-be-wicked/#0001" target="_self">Click here</a><em> to jump to a quick look at the latest news about the storm.)</em></h6><p>As a wicked storm of ice and snow spreads over parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas and heads toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Weather Service is again warning that it's getting ugly out there. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16868 at http://wnpr.org 'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked 'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South http://wnpr.org/post/mind-boggling-historic-ice-storm-headed-deep-south This is not our language. It comes from the forecasters at the National Weather Service, who we have to hope do not say things such as this unless they really mean it:<p><a href="http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=qpfhsd" target="_blank">"Mind-boggling if not historical" ice accumulations</a> are expected Wednesday and Thursday across a wide swath of the Deep South that includes Atlanta, other parts of Georgia, Columbia, S.C., and up to Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16814 at http://wnpr.org 'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West http://wnpr.org/post/much-needed-snow-arrives-nations-west California and Oregon, which experienced their <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/california-record-driest-year-20131115">driest year on record in 2013</a>, are looking at more snow and rain over the weekend, with heavy accumulation expected in the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ069">Sierra Nevadas</a>, the <a href="http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew/northcascades.php">Cascades</a> and the <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=public">Great Basin</a>. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16624 at http://wnpr.org Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West Blast of Snow Arrives; Legislative Opening Delayed http://wnpr.org/post/blast-snow-arrives-legislative-opening-delayed <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LZrE27DmgEY" width="560"></iframe></p><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"><p class="p1">Heavy, wet snow has blanketed the region on Wednesday, leaving up to eight&nbsp;inches of snow along the shoreline and up to a foot of snow in the&nbsp;northern part of the state. The next system to watch is Sunday night&nbsp;into Monday. For Wednesday evening, mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in&nbsp;the teens.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:26:17 +0000 Teri McCready 16520 at http://wnpr.org Trade Your Snow Boots For Dance Shoes, And Just Press Play http://wnpr.org/post/trade-your-snow-boots-dance-shoes-and-just-press-play <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:25:15 +0000 NPR Staff 16508 at http://wnpr.org Trade Your Snow Boots For Dance Shoes, And Just Press Play Governor Malloy Delivers Briefing on Weather Impact in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-delivers-briefing-weather-impact-connecticut <p>Governor Dannel&nbsp;Malloy offered a briefing from the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford on Wednesday morning.</p><p>He ordered all first-shift, non-essential state employees to stay home due to the difficult weather conditions, and has advised that anyone who does not need to be on the road during the storm should avoid it.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He has also instituted a soft ban on tandem trucks on interstate highways.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Heather Brandon 16499 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Delivers Briefing on Weather Impact in Connecticut Minimum Wage Increase Proposed; Delay in Common Core Standards http://wnpr.org/post/minimum-wage-increase-proposed-delay-common-core-standards <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eoCQV_rSokM" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The day before the legislative session begins, Governor&nbsp;Dannel &nbsp;Malloy proposed on Tuesday that the legislature raise the stage minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Malloy signed legislation that raised the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, and will raise it to $9.00 January 1, 2015.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:39:32 +0000 Teri McCready 16462 at http://wnpr.org More Snow on the Way; Metro-North Upgrades Coming http://wnpr.org/post/more-snow-way-metro-north-upgrades-coming <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Hnn9e2ChVdg?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning for the next snow storm that could start out as sleet and bring another eight inches of new snow. Temperatures will be in the&nbsp;low 20s on Monday night.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:41:07 +0000 Teri McCready 16405 at http://wnpr.org Why the Connecticut River Needs an Ice Breaker During the Cold Season http://wnpr.org/post/why-connecticut-river-needs-ice-breaker-during-cold-season <p>If you've looked out on the Connecticut River this winter, you may have seen something a bit unexpected: a Coast Guard cutter. It's called the USCG Bollard<em>,</em>&nbsp;and it's been on the river for weeks, dutifully breaking up ice.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 16411 at http://wnpr.org Why the Connecticut River Needs an Ice Breaker During the Cold Season Your Memories of Winter Snowstorms http://wnpr.org/post/your-memories-winter-snowstorms-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Down it comes, and when those crystals hit, the covering is beautiful, quiet, and sometimes threatening.</span></p><p>Tell us a snow story, whether it's one of delight or one of fear of destruction. Do you have snow traditions—sugar on snow, a sleigh ride, igloo building, snow shoeing?</p><p></p><p>Here's Daniel&nbsp;Tammet on the <a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/01/21/the-scientific-complexity-in-a-seemingly-simple-snowflake/">science of snowflakes</a>.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:19:56 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 16388 at http://wnpr.org Your Memories of Winter Snowstorms It's True: Snowiest Places Are Least Likely To Close Schools http://wnpr.org/post/its-true-snowiest-places-are-least-likely-close-schools We all probably sort of knew this already, but a new map seems to show quite clearly that it doesn't take much snow to close schools in the Southern U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16289 at http://wnpr.org It's True: Snowiest Places Are Least Likely To Close Schools Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska http://wnpr.org/post/looking-escape-deep-freeze-head-alaska The <a href="http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=pmdspd" target="_blank">National Weather Service is warning</a>, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.<p>The Weather Service even throws an exclamation point into its forecast for this week:<p><blockquote><p>"The airmass and the associated surface high pressure with it is literally coming from the North Pole and heading nearly due south into the central U.S. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:57:40 +0000 Mark Memmott 16020 at http://wnpr.org Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska Deep Freeze Hits Connecticut; Blumenthal Focuses On Medicare http://wnpr.org/post/deep-freeze-hits-connecticut-blumenthal-focuses-medicare <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AzHPUnHbBag?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>As the snow from the most recent winter storm ends, cold temperatures are moving in. Total snowfall accumulations ranged from one to four inches in northwestern Connecticut to six to 12 inches to the south and east of Hartford. Highs were into the teens across most of the state today. The deep freeze is expected to remain through the end of the week with high temperatures in the teens going up to 20.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:16:31 +0000 Teri McCready 15801 at http://wnpr.org