Category Archives: Weather

Andrew Colabella’s Summer

When this story was posted — at 10:20 a.m. — there was 1 minute of summer left. Autumn arrives at 10:21.

In honor of one of Westport’s 4 favorite seasons, “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella sent along these images. All were taken here, late in the day, throughout the summer.

Click on or hover over to enlarge. Enjoy! And don’t forget to mark your calendar.

Summer arrives on June 21, 2017. At 12:24 a.m.

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Saturday’s Lobster Fest Still On!

Yesterday’s thunderstorm knocked down several tents at Compo Beach. Three people were injured.

Folks wondered if the damaged tents would force cancellation of Saturday’s Lobster Fest — a major fundraiser for the Westport Rotary Club, and the town’s 2nd-largest community beach party (after the fireworks).

Have no fear. Tie those bibs. The Rotary Club promises that Lobster Fest is “100% still on.”

The tents are being fixed today (and the hundreds of chairs underneath them righted). Supplies arrive tomorrow. The fresh lobsters will come moments before they’re devoured.

Also featured at the 5th annual event: Jeff Northrup’s Hummock Island oysters; Baxter Urist and Bill O’Brien’s Beaver Beer, live music and more. Over 1,200 seafood lovers are expected to attend.

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Lobster Fest hopes to raise $75,000 for local, regional and international causes. The Westport Rotary Club does plenty of good, for plenty of folks. They’ve got a big tent, both figuratively and — now that it’s back up at the beach — literally.

The weather forecast for Saturday is clear, with a high of 76. Perfect lobster-eating weather!

(Lobster Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 3-7 p.m. at Compo Beach. Click on www.westportrotary.org for more information, or to purchase tickets — they will not be sold after Friday. Parking is free for all attendees. )

9/11 Clouds

September 11, 2001 was a spectacular late summer day. It turned dark — metaphorically — very quickly

September 11, 2016 dawned dark. Right now — meteorologically — it’s gorgeous.

Maria Calise captured this scene, earlier today at Compo Beach:

(Photo/Maria Calise)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Maria Calise)

Say Goodbye To Summer

You’ve probably noticed that “06880” does not run a lot of sunset photos.

I leave those to another local website.

But Andrew Colabella captured tonight’s sunset beautifully.

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)

It’s special for another reason: It’s the last one of the season.

Sure, the calendar says the 1st day of fall is September 22. Everyone here knows, though, that Labor Day puts the fork in summer.

Of course, whether you like sunset photos or not, this is a lot better than the one I thought we might have to run today.

You know: the one of floods, fallen trees and downed wires due to Hurricane Hermine.

Here Comes Hermine!

Right now, Hurricane Hermine* will probably bring tidal surges and wind — but no rain — to Westport.

Earlier today — with the sky clear and the wind light — Giles Goodburn and Simon Hughes prepared for the storm by training for a triathlon at Compo Beach. Hopefully the sand and shore will look like that later this week.

(Photo/Irene Penny)

(Photo/Irene Penny)

*What kind of name is that? It sounds like one of the winter storms the Weather Channel dreamed up.

It’s Nearly 100 Degrees. Guess What Main Street Store Owners Did With Their Doors?

Nope — they’re not open!

According to alert “06880” reader Rich Stein, earlier today every Main Street shop had its doors shut tight.

The air conditioning was kept in. And customers kept cool.

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Weathering The Storm

Last night’s thunderstorm tore a narrow but destructive path through Westport.

The owner of this Colony Road home assessed the damage philosophically: “It’s only a tree.”

Colony Road after thunderstorm - August 14, 2016

Colony Road after thunderstorm 2 - August 14, 2016

More thunderstorms are possible through Tuesday.

And we don’t have to tell you: It’s hot!

A Ducky Sunset

On Friday evening, traffic was probably heavy on I-95.

Folks at the Black Duck probably did not care.

Alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella captured this unique shot of both.

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Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Striking Scene At Compo

Brian Chapman took this dramatic image at Compo Beach, earlier tonight:

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Brian Chapman)

Post Three

Alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella captured this riveting scene, from the central lifeguard station at Compo Beach:

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)