Category Archives: Weather


Who Goes To The Beach On A Cloudy, Cool Sunday?

Sunday at the beach

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Today was the most beautiful day of the year.

It might have been the most fantastic day of the decade. Or the entire Cenozoic Era.

The only Westporters not outside were dead. Thousands of folks swarmed the beach — and hundreds more were on the water.

Which makes this scene so puzzling:

Compo Beach Marina

At 2 pm, the marina was filled with boats that were not going anywhere.

They are notoriously expensive and time-consuming. (“You don’t own a boat,” the saying goes. “It owns you.”)

So if all those people didn’t want to take their boats out on the most beautiful day in the history of the galaxy — well, when do they use them?


Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

At first glance, Bobby Hudson’s photo looks like Compo’s South Beach was Photoshopped with the mountains of a Caribbean island.

(Photo/Bobby Hudson)

(Photo/Bobby Hudson)

At second glance, it’s all Compo.

Those “mountains” are storm clouds that rolled in — quickly and ominously — this evening.

Here’s another view — from Saugatuck Shores, by Stacy Waldman Bass:

(Photo/Stacy Waldman Bass)

(Photo/Stacy Waldman Bass)

Those are some serious clouds.

As the saying goes: “Mother Nature bats last.”



Remember Last Winter, When It Snowed Every Day And We Thought Summer Would Never Come?

Well, today made up for every one of those frigid, miserable days.

Compo Beach



Dogwood Lane

May Day! May Day!

It’s May 1, so that means one thing:

Compo Beach is open.

Well, it’s always open. But as of today, you need a sticker.

Early this morning, trusty Parks and Rec employees Theresa Cuseo and Don Nazzaro were at the entrance, making sure people had emblems (and did not have dogs).

May 1 beach

But watch where you walk. Parks and Rec’s great crew has not yet completed its cleanup from yesterday’s monsoon.

Photos/Chip Stephens

Photos/Chip Stephens

Right now it’s foggy and damp. But skies will clear this afternoon, and the temperature will reach 70.

With the weather we’ve had, many folks haven’t thought about beach stickers. To order online, click here.


For One Brief Shining Moment Yesterday…

…we had spring in Westport.

Magnolias - Topsy  Siderowf

Alert “06880” reader Topsy Siderowf — who sent along this magnificent photo, taken on Compo Beach Road across from the marina — added:

“I’ve observed that it often rains when magnolias are at their peak. Guess what’s predicted the next few days…”

A Pot At The End Of The Minute Man 10K?

When Laurey Tussing headed to Compo early this morning for the Westport Young Woman’s League 36th annual Minute Man 10K race, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

It was her 1st organized run since moving to Westport from Chicago.

She found a very well organized event. Her excellent time — 56:11 — was good for 105th out of 225 women, and 37th of 80 in her age group.

She found something else too, just before 8 a.m.:

Compo beach rainbow - Laurey Tussing

Laurey says, “Kudos to the WYWL for putting on such a great event!”

And right back at you, Laurey, for taking this shot — and sharing it with “06880.”

But Laurey is not yet a full-fledged Westporter. She added this PS: “Go Blackhawks!”


Willow Tree, Very Pretty

Alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor sends along a photo — and some comments and questions.

Willow - Fred Cantor

Fred says:

I remembered this spectacular tree from last year, on Clapboard Hill Road near Maple Avenue. My wife Debbie and I drove by yesterday afternoon to see if the spring blossoms are still as stunning this year. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but I think “06880” readers will get a sense of how magical this tree is.

Does anyone know what kind of tree it is? It looks like a weeping willow. but I have never seen one with blossoms like these. And I have never seen another tree quite like it elsewhere in Westport.

“06880” readers: help Fred! 

And no, this is NOT a tree that is planned to be cut down.

We hope.



As Warm Weather Arrives…

…it’s always a good idea to walk your unicycle across the street.


Hat tip to JP Vellotti for the photo and text.