Category Archives: Weather

The Perfect Snowfall

Just the right amount of snow fell yesterday.

It was easy to shovel. Wonderful to sled on.

And it provided this spectacular view, of Steve and Ro Halstead’s back yard:

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What a great gift for a cold Sunday!

Neither Snow Nor …

Today’s light but steady snowfall made driving treacherous.

(Except for the usual bozos barreling along the Post Road at their usual breakneck speed. Slow down, guys!)

Our postal carriers were undeterred. They lived up to their motto — as this photo from Drumlin Road shows.

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

The truck made its way up the unplowed road with some difficulty, alert photographer Fred Cantor reports.

But it did deliver the mail.

You Know What They Say About New England Weather …

… If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes.

It will change.

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(Photos/JP Vellotti)

(Photos/JP Vellotti)

So Long, 2016!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Timeless Compo

As we think about the end of one year, and the start of a new one, this is a great time to enjoy a “timeless” shot of a favorite Westport scene.

Happy New Year to all beach lovers!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Dig We Must!

The winter’s first snow is gone from most sidewalks.

Thank Mother Nature for that. Not your fellow Westporters.

Several days ago — after a few inches fell here — alert “06880” reader Tracy Yost ventured out. She calls her journey on Cross Highway and Main Street “harrowing.” Only 4 homeowners had shoveled their sidewalks.

Cross Highway ...

Cross Highway …

The next day she tried to walk at Compo Beach. Those walkways were not clear either.

This being 2016, Tracy did the natural thing: She posted on Facebook. She described her frustration, and asked what she could do about it.

Reaction was swift. Several people thought that homeowners are required to clear “one shovel width” of their sidewalk. Others noted that in Norwalk and Fairfield, that’s definitely the law.

Tracy followed up with Westport town and officials. Lo and behold: The same 15 guys who plow are responsible for clearing sidewalks. They begin with schools and town buildings, so regular sidewalks are clearly not Priority 1.

... and the new Main Street sidewalk. (Photos/Tracy Yost)

… and the new Main Street sidewalk. (Photos/Tracy Yost)

Tracy suggests that homeowners do the right thing anyway, and shovel the walks in front of their homes.

“For some people — the elderly come to mind — walking is the only way to exercise, see people, get food, go to the doctor,” she says.

“For others — like me —  it’s a way to walk the dogs, check in on neighbors, use the car less.”

For everyone, of course, safe streets — including clear sidewalks  and slow driving — make for a better community.

Or, as Bridgeport mayor Jasper McLevy famously said when asked when his city would begin plowing: “God put the snow there. Let him take it away.”

Gray Skies Are Gonna Clear Up …

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Larry Silver’s Permanent Collection

Larry Silver is one of Westport’s best photographers. His images have been admired in galleries around the world.

Those shows end. But now Larry’s photos will be part of a permanent collection.

The museum of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design has acquired 17 images. Though Larry has photographed people and scenes all over the world, Westport is one of his favorite subjects.

RISD has chosen a pair of Westport classics, as part of Larry’s 17 photos.

“Beach Showers” was taken in 1980:

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“Dancing on Jetties” was taken in 1979:

(Photos/Larry Silver)

(Photos/Larry Silver)

Both are timeless.

And both are perfect right now — 3 days before the shortest day of the year.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Winter…

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

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

Full Moon, Low Tide…

…and no one in sight.

(Photo/Jo Shields)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Jo Shields)