Category Archives: Weather

Pic Of The Day #65

Compo Beach, moments before last night’s storm. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Pic Of The Day #50

Early morning sky over Saugatuck (Photo/Dave Curtis)

Climate Vigil Tomorrow: New Time And Site

Sunday’s Candlelight Vigil for Climate Protection has drawn interest far beyond Westport’s beach-stickered citizens.

So organizers have moved the event — planned to protest President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord — to a spot accessible to everyone: Jesup Green.

The start time is changed too, to 8 p.m. (Sunday, June 4).

Click here for more information, on the group’s Facebook page.

Nicaragua did not join the Paris Accord because it did not go far enough. Syria did not sign because it is consumed by a civil war. The US is withdrawing after signing because … ?

Surf’s Up!

It sure doesn’t feel like May 25.

Alert “06880” reader Matt Murray captured these shots at soggy Compo Beach a short while ago:

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photos/Matt Murray)

Canal Road is closed due to flooding. Police warn of potential flooding elsewhere in town.

Meanwhile, Cross Highway and Prospect Road were closed due to downed trees and wires.

More rain is forecast for tomorrow — but temperatures will rise to about 71.

The weekend — and Memorial Day — could be cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 70.

That’s okay. After last year’s rainout, we’re ready for a parade.

Weather or not.

May 25, 2017 - Ed Simek - Compo

(Photo/Ed Simek)

Pic Of The Day #36

Compo Beach with clouds (Photo/Jenae Weinbrenner)

Man And Beast Weather

Yesterday’s 95-degree (!) weather brought “danger” emails from 2 alert — and concerned — readers.

One worried about dogs. The other talked about people.

M. Ford — a newcomer to Westport — asked me to remind everyone that it is never safe to leave your pet in a closed car in warm weather.

She noticed a car parked — facing the sun — at Trader Joe’s.* The rear window was cracked — just an inch.

This dog is NOT locked in a sweltering car. (Photo courtesy of

When she left the store 45 minutes later** the dog was in the front seat, panting. The door was locked.

Fifteen minutes later — after Ford finished some work in her car — a young woman came out, got in the car and drove away.

Ford wanted to give her a gentle reminder, but worried about offending her. She asked me to pass along the warning — and adds this informative link about car temperatures (click here).

Meanwhile, Mike Nayor writes: “When the weather turns fair the number of walkers and joggers in Westport multiplies exponentially. In theory that’s a good thing.”

However, he says, one recent evening he almost hit 3 people walking abreast in the same direction as traffic. All wore dark clothing.

Mike asked me to remind people to walk and jog against traffic, so they can see what’s coming their way.

“Responsibility for safety resides with both drivers and pedestrians,” he notes.

Always walk facing traffic. And cross only at designated areas, like these 4 fellows. (NOTE: This photo was apparently not taken in Westport, as all the cars are headed the wrong way.)

*This may be the first story about the Trader Joe’s parking lot that does not involve a terrible parking job.

** The checkout line is usually much quicker — unless there’s at least 2 inches of snow on the way.


Just 34 Days Till The Start Of Summer!

Mother’s Day Rainbow

Throughout Westport a few minutes ago, we were treated to a spectacular rainbow.

Here are a few shots, courtesy of alert — and impressed — “06880” readers.

End of Owenoke, taken from Longshore. (Photo/John Kantor)

Saugatuck River, by the William Cribari Bridge. (Photo/Timothy Lewis)

Levitt Pavilion (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

Whole Foods (Photo/Brooke Emery Scharfstein)

Railroad station (Photo/Diana Schuster)

Birchwood Lane (Photo/Sandra Long)

Nash’s Pond (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

Pic Of The Day #26

Kings Highway North (Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

Wanted: Tree Advice

Alert “0688o” reader — and nature lover — Fred Cantor writes:

A spectacular birch tree that has stood in the side yard since our house was built close to 65 years ago has been declared DOA by the arborist who sprayed it for us every spring.

It’s possible the tree died of natural causes in old age. It’s also very possible the tree is a victim of the drought.

To help with water conservation, my wife and I never watered our grass. It looked okay even during the hottest parts of the summer.

But, I’ve learned, it’s not just newly planted trees that need regular watering. It’s also advisable to regularly water certain types of much older trees in the conditions we have faced locally in the past year or two.

Perhaps “06880” readers who are professional landscapers — or knowledgeable gardeners — can weigh in on how all of us can help preserve older trees.

Fred Cantor’s birch tree, in the 1990s.