weather http://wnpr.org en World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Two Times in a Row http://wnpr.org/post/world-breaks-monthly-heat-record-two-times-row <p>The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's after the world broke a record in May.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 25635 at http://wnpr.org World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Two Times in a Row Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women http://wnpr.org/post/study-americans-less-fearful-storms-named-after-women A study published Monday suggests Americans are less afraid of hurricanes with female names.<p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111.abstract?sid=79a9dd5a-51c7-4dfe-95b0-25c41fec04e9" target="_blank">This is a real study</a> in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> — not <em>The Onion</em>.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State looked at deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 — when storms were first named — and 2012.<p>Even after tossing out <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938823/hurricane-katrina" target="_blank" Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:36:54 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 22952 at http://wnpr.org Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women Insurers Warn Against Complacency In Hurricane Season http://wnpr.org/post/insurers-warn-against-complacency-hurricane-season <p>Hurricane season has just begun, and insurers are gearing up to educate their customers on preparing for the storms ahead.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:17:22 +0000 Harriet Jones 22902 at http://wnpr.org Insurers Warn Against Complacency In Hurricane Season In The Midst Of A Historic Lull, Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off http://wnpr.org/post/midst-historic-lull-atlantic-hurricane-season-kicks The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is now officially upon us. And it comes in the midst of a historic lull.<p><em>Time</em> <a href="http://time.com/2800677/el-nino-hurricane-season/">explains</a> that it's been 3,142 days since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger made landfall in the United States. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 22883 at http://wnpr.org In The Midst Of A Historic Lull, Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off Malloy Signs Early Childhood Education Bills; Bridgeport Officials Vote for Medical Marijuana Morato http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-signs-early-childhood-education-bills-bridgeport-officials-vote-medical-marijuana-morato <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VkAC06AriTE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy signed two pieces of legislation today designed to improve early childhood education and increase access to pre-kindergarten in the state. The bills increase funding for early childhood education and poorer school districts and creates a kindergarten to third grade literacy pilot program.</p><p><strong>Bridgeport Votes for Medical Marijuana Yearlong Moratorium&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:30:20 +0000 Teri McCready 22658 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Meteorologists (Reluctantly) Talk Climate Science http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-meteorologists-reluctantly-talk-climate-science <p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">the National Climate Assessment</a> was released, and the results are less than stellar. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he report says, “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The release of the climate assessment report prompted both of our local talk shows to tackle climate change last week, from very different perspectives.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:34:42 +0000 Catie Talarski 22415 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Meteorologists (Reluctantly) Talk Climate Science Meteorologists Talk Climate Change http://wnpr.org/post/meteorologists-talk-climate-change <p></p><p>When President Obama introduced the <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">National Climate Assessment</a> a couple of weeks ago, he asked eight special people to help him. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/us/politics/using-weathercasters-to-deliver-a-climate-change-message.html">They were national and local weather casters including Al Roker.</a></p><p>It was an interesting choice. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 15:48:02 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 22314 at http://wnpr.org Meteorologists Talk Climate Change New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact http://wnpr.org/post/new-report-finds-climate-change-already-having-broad-impact <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report">A new U.S. government report</a> released Tuesday finds that climate change is already having a broad impact on both weather and the economy.<p>NPR's Elizabeth Shogren tells our Newscast unit the third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive look at climate change that the government has ever produced. Tue, 06 May 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21374 at http://wnpr.org New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet http://wnpr.org/post/survive-tornado-first-run-shelter-then-grab-helmet Deadly tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the South, leveling homes and claiming at least 28 lives in the past three days. And <a href="http://www.weather.com/newscenter/nationalforecast/">meteorologists say</a> the threat of more tornadoes won't ease up till Wednesday.<p>Getting to a safe place is the best thing that people can do to protect themselves and their families. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:51:00 +0000 editor 20989 at http://wnpr.org To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People http://wnpr.org/post/nearly-dozen-dead-twisters-hit-3-states <strong>This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A second day of tornadoes has caused devastation in the South, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/28/307799646/another-round-of-tornadoes-rakes-through-the-south">killing more than a dozen people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee</a>. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20971 at http://wnpr.org Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast? http://wnpr.org/post/what-gets-flushed-rivers-more-rain-hits-northeast <p>Connecticut and the Northeast region have gotten a lot more rain over the years. <a href="http://nca2009.globalchange.gov/northeast">A report from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration</a> found a 67 percent increase since 1958, more than any other part of the country.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:48:20 +0000 Alan Yu 20919 at http://wnpr.org What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast? Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma http://wnpr.org/post/tornadoes-rip-through-arkansas-oklahoma-killing-least-17 <strong><sub><em>This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET</em></sub></strong><p>Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.<p>"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20903 at http://wnpr.org Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma 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 13:00:00 +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; Salt Shipments Arrive http://wnpr.org/post/ntsb-recommendations-metro-north-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