Category Archives: Weather

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.

Hey, Bud!

A sight some of us thought we would never again see:

(Photo/Bart Shuldman)

(Photo/Bart Shuldman)

It’s March 31…

…so of course it will snow.

March 31 snow

Thanks to  alert reader JP Vellotti, for making us smile instead of snarl.


CL&P: Trim We Must

Down here in our little corner of Connecticut, we don’t always pay attention to Hartford. But decisions in the state capital can have big effects on us — for better or worse.

CL&P, at work.

CL&P, at work.

Earlier this month, Connecticut Light & Power participated in a public hearing in New Britain. The subject was tree trimming. It’s an important subject, following weather events like hurricanes and snowstorms that caused widespread power outages.

Under the utility company’s “Enhanced Tree Trimming” plan, it would trim or remove trees — including healthy ones — that could fall on their poles or wires. Trees on private property were included, within 8 feet of power lines.

Not many Fairfield County residents trekked up to New Britain. But plenty of citizens throughout the state spoke up. They were not pleased with CL&P’s plan.

Citing environmental and property rights concerns, the speakers vehemently opposed the CL&P plan (and a similar one proposed by United Illuminating).

Speakers (and those sending written comments) noted there was no commitment to plant lower-growing trees to replace healthy ones that had been cut down. Nor was there any plan to grind tree stumps, or remove potential tripping hazards.

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority took note. On Tuesday, the agency asked CL&P to voluntarily curtail its “Enhanced” program, pending a final ruling.


“We need a timeout to balance competing needs,” said PURA chairman Arthur H. House.

“One — as established by law — is Connecticut’s demonstrated need for more aggressive tree trimming to secure the reliability of vital utility services. The 2nd need … is to avoid unnecessary eradication of trees and instead proceed with selective trimming.”

CL&P said it would “of course comply” with the request to cut back the tree cutting.

On Thursday, though, the utility told PURA it has 65 local tree crews, with 170 employees, currently trimming trees. CL&P is concerned that a suspension of the program may cause  contractors to leave the state, “adversely impacting the Company’s ability to respond to a major weather event.”

Late Friday, PURA allowed CL&P to continue its tree work.

In related news, this weekend marks the 4th anniversary of a windstorm that knocked out power to thousands of Westporters — some for over a week.

One of the many power lines brought down by trees during the March 2010 windstorm.

One of the many power lines brought down by trees during the March 2010 windstorm.

Contrails Or Chemtrails?

After reading this post, you may never look at the Westport sky the same way again.

A Westporter who asked to be called Emma sent me a link to GeoEngineeringWatch. At first glance, the website seems a bit tinfoil hat-ish.

While everyone* understands that our planet is under assault in an astonishing number of man-made ways, this goes further.

The site claims that because of geo-engineering — the artificial modification of earth’s climate systems — “there is virtually NO NATURAL WEATHER” anymore. It describes engineered snowstorms that contain elements of “entomological warfare,” and the like.

A long, dry video picks up the doomsday theme.

If your browser does not take you directly to the video, click here.

But part of the video — you have to be patient to find it — dealt with “chemtrailing.” In Emma’s words, “they” (she does not say “who”) “are spraying our sky with aluminum, barium and other chemicals to change the weather.”

There’s pages of technical stuff on the website, but one photo caught Emma’s eye:


She realized she’d seen the same “artificial” cloud formations right here in Westport.

Emma sent me photos she took in early March. Here’s a shot near the Toyota dealer, on the Post Road:

Chemtrails 1 - by Toyota

This one, Emma says, shows the aftermath of spraying:

Chemtrails 2 - after spraying

The days started out with “a gorgeous clear blue sky,” Emma writes. “Then the spraying begins.” After 4-5 hours, the sky turns to “this murky, translucent cover. Not a normal cloud formation, but a hazy glow.”

Now, Emma notes, “I see these grid-like chemtrails on a regular basis.”

She encourages Westporters to “see and judge for yourselves.” Online, she says, you can find similar photos from all over the world. Just google “Geoengineering,” “Chemtrailing” and “Solar Radiation Management.”

If you’d like to contact Emma directly, her email is

PS: In between the time I wrote this story, and the time I posted it, I saw what may be chemtrails myself. Yesterday afternoon around 1:30, I happened to glance at the sky. It looked like this:

Chemtrails 3 - DW 3-11-14

Click here if your browser does not take you directly to YouTube.

*with an ounce of intelligence

Neither Rain Nor Sleet … (The Other Side )

This morning’s “06880” told the tale of a Sturges Highway-area resident who — even though her mailbox is all dug out — has not received mail for a week.

That inspired alert reader Karen Murphy to tell a different tale.

She writes: “I was so impressed to see the mail delivery truck on this day when so much snow fell I took a picture!”

Mail today

The moral of the story: Just like real estate, with mail delivery it’s all about location, location, location.

Stop The Presses! It’s Snowing In Westport!

You may be in Anguilla, Belize or Cabo.

As you bake on the beach under an unbearably hot sun, weary from deciding whether to order a margarita or piña colada, feeling homesick for the 06880, here’s a little reminder of what you’re missing:

(Photo/Betsy Phillips Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy Phillips Kahn)

Don’t worry. Whenever you come back, there will be some snow waiting for you.

Maybe Not Rain Or Sleet. But Snow. Definitely Snow.

An alert — and increasingly perturbed — “06880″ reader says that on the 1st day after last week’s 1st big snowstorm, the snowplows buried her mailbox, on a road off Sturges Highway.

She understands why the mail was not delivered that day.

The next day, her son shoveled out her mailbox, and her neighbors’. It was his birthday, and he expected a few cards. (With, perhaps, a check or two…?)

But the mailman never came.

He didn’t come the next day.

Or the day after that.

In fact, he hasn’t been seen since early last week.

A mailbox about to be buried in snow, somewhere in the Northeast.

A mailbox about to be buried in snow, somewhere in the Northeast.

A family member gets important medicine by mail. This woman wonders if her mailman even considers that the mailbox was shoveled out long ago.

Yesterday was a federal holiday. She hopes that today — for the 1st time in a week — her mail will show up.

“I know one thing for sure,” she says. “I’m not even going to try to get it at the post office in Playhouse Square!”

No, Not A New Sculpture…

…just a clever solution, by a resourceful Westport Library patron.

Library bike

Dig Those Hydrants

An alert “06880″ reader writes:

I dug out our fire hydrant this morning. This afternoon (while I was on the roof shoveling snow and removing icicles) I saw a fire truck drive slowly by.

I assume they were on the hunt for buried hydrants. I saved them one, at least.

So, Westporters, a reminder: Please shovel your hydrants. The home you save may be your own.

Fire hydrant