Category Archives: Weather

Pic Of The Day #937

Autumn stroll behind the Levitt Pavilion (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Halloween Parade Moves To Town Hall

Bad weather has moved the Children’s Halloween Parade scheduled for today  indoors.


Instead, all festivities will take place at Town Hall, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Kids and parents can parade through offices. Entertainment and refreshments will take place in the auditorium, at 4 p.m.


The event is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL.

High Tide On Canal Road

It happens like clockwork.

It rains. The tide is high. Canal Road floods.

(Photo/Gene Borio)

It’s not unusual. It’s life on Saugatuck Shores.

But just imagine if this were a full — not a new — moon.

Pics Of The Day #914

Foliage at Ford Road …

… and Sherwood Island State Park (Photos/Andrew Colabella)

Pic Of The Day #913

Winds whipped the Ned Dimes Marina today (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Pics Of The Day #912

Compo Beach this afternoon. The weather has deteriorated since then. (Photo/Pat Auber)

Earlier, storm clouds gathered over South Beach. (Photo/Tammy Barry)

Water, Water Everywhere …

As Westport prepares for heavy rain and possible thunderstorms tonight — with  coastal flooding and shoreline impacts from midnight through 4 a.m. — alert “06880” reader JP Vellotti forwarded this text:

His only comment: “Kinda ironic.”

Pics Of The Day #905

Compo Beach this morning was (barely) fit for man …

… and dog. (Photos/Carolyn McPhee)

Emergency Responders Needed! CERT Offers Free Course.

Over the past few years, Westport has weathered some severe storms.  The recent anniversary of 9/11 reminds us: We never know when disaster will strike.

As a coastal community not far from New York, we have to be ready for anything.

Thanks to CERT, we are.

The organization — known formally as the Community Emergency Response Team — is a group of specially trained volunteer emergency responders. They provide aid during and after hurricanes, blizzards, power and communication failures, you name it. If Westport needs help, CERT is there.

Westport CERT volunteers, at a recent training session.

They’re there for non-emergencies too. CERT assists at big public events, like the Compo Beach fireworks and Maker Faire.

Now they’re expanding their services.

Over the next few months, CERT will offer education programs in personal preparedness, active shooter awareness and response, and situations involving domestic and international terrorism.

A free class — open to the public — will be held starting the evening of Friday, October 18, and continuing that weekend. It covers disaster psychology, fire control, rescue, shelter management, first aid, CPR and more.

Local residents who want to become CERT volunteers are encouraged to attend.

To sign up, click here. For more information, email  Mike Vincelli:


Westport is no stranger to hurricanes. Neither is CERT.

The Storm: The Sequel

Just minutes after this afternoon’s savage thunderstorm moved on, this was the scene in a Linda Lane back yard. (Photo/Diane Lowman)