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Emergency Preparedness
10:37 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Governor Urges Citizens To Prepare For Irene Now

Governor Dannel Malloy is urging residents to prepare now for Hurricane Irene, rather than wait until it arrives. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

Governor Malloy is asking citizens who are at risk of flooding and who live along the shore or close to rivers and streams to leave their homes soon.

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Weather
5:27 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Preparing For Irene

Nancy Eve Cohen

State emergency officials are actively preparing for Irene’s arrival. The hurricane is predicted to hit Connecticut late Sunday afternoon in Stamford. But the timing and location could change. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

A Few Ideas That Might Help You Through the Weekend

Flickr Creative Commons, geishaboy500

If you lived on the Gulf, you'd probably be a little more relaxed about storms, like this guy here.  Make sure you read his last few paragraphs.

On the other hand, if you wanted a really comprehensive "go-bag," one of our contributors did work one up for you. 

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Natural Disaster
10:42 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Springfield In Shambles After Tornado

Nancy Eve Cohen

Tornadoes in New England aren’t common, especially ones that leave behind a lot of damage. But yesterday a series of twisters ripped through western Massachusetts, killing three people. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen  reports

Just before four in the afternoon yesterday, forty four year old Marisol Mendez was standing on her porch in the south end of Springfield when she saw a huge black cloud clamp down from above. Her first reaction? Capture it on her cell phone camera. But then she dashed inside into a closet. Her hand clutching the door knob fighting the wind:

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Natural Disaster
10:24 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Clean Up Crews Get To Work In Springfield

Nancy Eve Cohen

Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown say they’ll advocate for federal assistance, after three tornadoes ripped through the state. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

Clean up crews have been at work, collecting debris cutting up trees and assessing damage. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state is doing everything to get people back on their feet.

“As devastating and as disruptive this we will get through it. But folks should know they’re not alone.”

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Maple Syrup
9:19 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Lots of Snow Makes For Good Maple Syrup Year

Serri Graslie/WNPR

Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Area farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years.

Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter

"My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.

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The Sweet Stuff
9:19 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Abundant Snow Makes for a Good Maple Syrup Year

Serri Graslie/WNPR

Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Aea farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years. Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter. "My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.

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Flooding
5:29 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Hartford’s Riverfront Parks Get Swamped

Nancy Eve Cohen

This time of year, as temperatures rise, so does the water in our rivers. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen recently visited the banks of the Connecticut River in Hartford to see the effects of recent spring floods.

With the record snowfall this past winter one might expect record flooding. But so far the Connecticut River in Hartford has had only minor flooding. Minor or not, the water still leaves behind a mess.

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Agriculture
9:35 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Snow Damages Farm Buildings, Some Animals Killed

Diane Miller

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Where to Put the Snow
7:44 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Clean Streets Versus Clean Water

Monica Brady-Myerov

There has been an historic amount of snowfall around the Northeast.  So far in Hartford, at least 80 inches have fallen.

The extreme snowfall has pitted disposing snow against protecting the water.  Many cities in the Northeast have run out of space to put the snow and are asking for permission to dump it in waterways. As part of a collaboration with northeast stations, Monica Brady-Myerov of WBUR reports.

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Dilemmas
8:15 am
Fri February 4, 2011

No Good Place to Put the Snow

Flickr Creative Commons, Charles Jeffrey Danoff

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

We've Been Snowverdosed

Flickr Creative Commons, dickuhne

There's a kind of madness overtaking us.

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Testing
9:45 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Snow Days Could Affect CT Mastery Test Prep

Record-setting snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and treacherous travel conditions have meant plenty of missed school days this year.  Educators are worried that lost classroom time may affect preparation for standardized tests. 

State Department of Education spokesman Tom Murphy says he’s seen school closings, late openings and early dismissals in other years, "but this is really beyond what we’ve seen ever.  And it couldn’t happen at a worse time in our high schools, when we have our end of course exams" 

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Weather
7:10 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Despite Snow, Spring Will Be Early, Says Groundhog

Nancy Eve Cohen

After days of shoveling and scraping Connecticut residents may be happy to hear there’s been a prediction for an early spring. It came from Connecticut’s official state groundhog.

The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester takes in wild animals that have been injured. Including a female groundhog who bears the weighty title, "Connecticut Chuckles the Seventh". Early this morning she went outside, sniffed the air and looked around, but did not see her shadow, according to Bob Eckerd, the executive director of the museum.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:12 am
Fri January 21, 2011

A Snowy Day's Grab Bag of Loose Topics

Zugaldia photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Tony Bagels and Vinnie Carwash.

Why is Enfield constantly the battleground for First Amendment issues? (Remember this was the town that gave us the graduation-in-a-church case.)

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