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Wintry Walk

Late this afternoon, a couple had Compo all to themselves. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Late this afternoon, a couple had Compo all to themselves. Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Snow Day: Afternoon Views

By noon, the snow had moved on. The quick storm dropped 8 inches of heavy, beautiful stuff. It was a photographer’s delight.

The sun peeks through on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)

The sun peeks through on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)

iFloat was open for relaxation. This was the view from the 2nd floor of Main Street, shot by owner David Conneely.

These trees in front of Vineyard Vines on Main Street come courtesy of iFloat owner David Conneely.

Dayle Brownstein enjoyed this painting-like view, from the comfort of inside.

Dayle Brownstein enjoyed this painting-like scene, from the comfort of indoors.

Sadie romps outside. (Photo/Karen Abramson)

A little snow does not stop Sadie from fetching. (Photo/Karen Abramson)

Emily, Michael and Luke Bernier have a great time. Who says yellow snow is bad?! (Photo/Anne Bernier)

Emily, Michael and Luke Bernier have a great time. Who says yellow snow is bad?! (Photo/Anne Bernier)

Bella Sabino, Georgia Graham, Sienna Peck and Evan Sabino enjoying the snow at Winslow Park today. (Photo/Lisa Sabino)

Bella Sabino, Georgia Graham, Sienna Peck and Evan Sabino enjoying the snow at Winslow Park today. (Photo/Lisa Sabino)

Snow-covered Compo Hill, as seen from across the Sherwood Mill Pond by David Squires.

Snow-covered Compo Hill, as seen from across the Sherwood Mill Pond by David Squires.

Attendance at the Y's fitness center was low -- but members who made it to work out also enjoyed this scenery. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Attendance at the Y’s fitness center was low — but members who worked out also enjoyed this Camp Mahackeno scenery. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Westport was wonderfully wintry. This shot is from Partrick Lane. (Photo/Martin Gitlin)

Westport was wonderfully wintry. This shot is from Partrick Lane. (Photo/Martin Gitlin)

Snow Day: Noon Scenes

As the snow continued throughout the morning, alert “06880” readers sent in photos from around town. Here are a few:

Without entitled parking -- at least, none we can see -- the Starbucks near the diner looks positively serene. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

Without entitled parking — at least, none we can see — the Starbucks near the diner looks positively serene. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

Whenever the Minute Man is decorated with a Santa cap or Easter bunny ears, a few folks complain. Today, Mother Nature decorated Westport's favorite figure. Enjoy! (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Whenever the Minute Man is decorated with a Santa cap or Easter bunny ears, a few folks complain. Today, Mother Nature decorated Westport’s favorite figure. Enjoy! (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Staples junior Eliza Goldberg snapped this shot of her dog Gracie.

Staples junior Eliza Goldberg snapped this shot of her dog Gracie.

Rindy Higgins lives on Saugatuck Shores. This morning she saw this sight. Because he's reddish-gray, black behind the ears with a white chest and long tail that stuck out straight when he scooted off, she's pretty sure he's a fox -- not a coyote.

Rindy Higgins lives on Saugatuck Shores. This morning she saw this sight. Because he’s reddish-gray, black behind the ears with a white chest and long tail that stuck out straight when he scooted off, she’s pretty sure he’s a fox — not a coyote.

A meadow view, on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)

The view on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)

Snow Day!

Westport students received an unexpected day off from school today.

It wasn’t a blizzard — just a very pretty snowfall.

If you didn’t have to go out, it was a nice start to the weekend.

Even if you had to get on a train, it was not so bad:

(Photo/Siobhan Crise)

(Photo/Siobhan Crise)

For others, it’s a day for beauty. But not for sitting in the garden…

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

…or a hot tub.

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

Nighttime At Compo

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Boom!

Several Westporters felt the ground shake earlier today.

No, it was not an earthquake. Nor was it Chris Christie working out on a treadmill.

Although it does involve New Jersey.

According to NBC New York, residents from the Jersey Shore to the Connecticut coast reported rattles and rumbles.

The shaking moved from southern New Jersey up the coastline, shortly before 2 p.m. It spread to Staten Island, Long Island, then all the way to southeastern Connecticut.

The shaking is probably the result of a sonic boom, said Julie Dutton of the United State Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. The boom could come from a military aircraft breaking the sound barrier. McGuire Air Force Base is located in southern Jersey.

“We don’t believe it’s an earthquake, based upon what we see in the wave forms,” she explained. “It’s probably sonic boom, but we can’t prove that.”

The most calls to authorities came from Hamilton Township, Toms River and Ocean County, New Jersey.

EarthquakeTrack.com says there have been no earthquakes in Connecticut in the past month.

Meanwhile, in other what-the-hell-is-going-on-here news, that black helicopter you’ve been seeing hovering over transmission lines is legit.

According to Eversource, the copter uses high-res cameras to check out problems like lightning strikes or corrosion.

At least, that’s what we’re told.

(Hat tip: Bart Shuldman)

 

Let The Light Shine…

We’ve had a few hours to dig out — and play in — the Blizzard of 2016. Here are a few scenes from a day that looks quite a bit different from the one 24 hours earlier. (Click on or hover over photos to enlarge.)

The Compo Beach neighborhood escaped a flood. Instead -- like this home on the corner of Soundview Drive -- the scene was serene. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

The Compo Beach neighborhood escaped a flood. Instead — like this home on the corner of Soundview Drive — the scene was serene (and very “love”-ly). (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Around the corner, the Compo Beach marina was equally peaceful. (Photo/Steve Axthelm)

Around the corner, the Compo Beach marina was equally peaceful. (Photo/Steve Axthelm)

What dog doesn't love snow? (Photo/Ken Bernhard)

What dog doesn’t love snow? (Photo/Ken Bernhard)

Hayley and Monty. (Photo/Daphne Cook)

Hayley and Monty. (Photo/Daphne Cook)

Sledders were out in force at Kings Highway School. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Sledders were out in force at Kings Highway School. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Snowy mailboxes at Harvest Commons. (Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

Snowy mailboxes at Harvest Commons. (Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

Saying Goodbye To The Blizzard

New York City nearly set a record: 26.8 inches, the 2nd biggest snowfall since 1869.

We got substantially less — but still over a foot. The winds were not as strong as predicted, and the snow fell on a Saturday, disrupting far fewer commutes than a weekday.

As we get ready to dig (or pay the plow guys), here are 2 final images to remember the Blizzard of 2016:

The scene yesterday at Indian Green in Saugatuck. (Photo/Scott Singer)

The scene yesterday at Indian River Green in Saugatuck. (Photo/Scott Singer)

The patio in my own back yard. (Photo/Dan Woog)

The patio in my own back yard. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Blizzard Of 2016: Evening Report

Alert — and hopefully thawed-out — “06880” readers continue to send images of today’s less-than-apocalyptic-but-still-long-and-drawn-out storm. Here are a few more:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... (Photo/Susan Feliciano)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… (Photo/Susan Feliciano)

Sherwood Mill Pond residents with cars in this garage were not going anywhere today. (Photo/Matt Murray)

Sherwood Mill Pond residents with cars in this garage were not going anywhere today. (Photo/Matt Murray)

The plows took a while getting to Old Hill today. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

The plows took a while getting to Old Hill today. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

The neighborhood kids were out in force. (Photo/Sarah Dransfield)

Early in the day, neighborhood kids were out in force. (Photo/Sarah Dransfield)

The pavilion frames part of Compo Beach. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

The pavilion frames part of Compo Beach. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

A longer view shows the power of today's tides. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

A longer view shows the power of today’s tides. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

Today's surf, as seen from behind a lifeguard stand. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

Today’s surf, as seen from behind a lifeguard stand. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

Compo Beach: beautiful in every season. (Photo/Bruce Chapman)

Compo Beach: beautiful in every season. (Photo/Bruce Chapman)

Blizzard of 2016: Late Afternoon Report

We’ve still got a few more hours of this. So put another log on the fire, open up one more bottle of wine, and enjoy these wonderful views of Westport in winter. (Click on or hover over to enlarge)

Snow bunny #1...

Snow bunny #1…

...snow bunny #2...

…snow bunny #2…

...and #3. (Photos above/Irene Penny)

…and #3. (Photos above/Irene Penny)

...and another. (Photos/John Videler)

One view from John Videler…

One view from John Videler...

…and another, with a bit of color from the flag. (Photo/John Videler)

Compo Beach, from the (relative) comfort of a Soundview Drive home. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Compo Beach, from the (relative) comfort of a Soundview Drive home. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

No picnics today on South Beach! (Photo/Briana Walegir)

No picnics today on South Beach! (Photo/Briana Walegir)

You know that old saying about "neither snow nor rain..."? (Photo/Fred Cantor)

You know that old saying about “neither snow nor rain…”? (Photo/Fred Cantor)

No word from Metro-North on whether (weather?) there was "Good Service" today. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

No word from Metro-North on whether (weather?) there was “Good Service” today. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

It was slow going -- just as the sign says -- on Saugatuck Shores today. (Photo/Gene Borio)

It was slow going — just as the sign says — on Saugatuck Shores today. (Photo/Gene Borio)

A serene scene on Highland Road. Look closely though: That's an unplowed driveway there at the bottom of the photo. (Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

A serene scene on Highland Road. Look closely though: That’s an unplowed driveway at the bottom of the photo. (Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

Blizzard bonus feature: Seagulls were out surfing at Compo. Thanks to Dee Dee Scanlin, Chip Stephens and Betsy Pollak for sharing!