Category Archives: Weather

Imperial Springtime

It seems like most of Westport is away this week, for the public schools’ spring break.

You could roll a bowling ball down the Post Road and not hit anyone.*

That’s a shame. The weather has been great — at least as good as in Turks and Caicos, Zermatt or wherever you are — with different spring stuff popping up every day.

Alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor snapped this photo on Imperial Avenue yesterday:

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

See what you’re missing?

*Not that I’m suggesting you do this.

If You’re Wishing All This Rain Would End …

Riverside Avenue, an hour ago … (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

… at Sherwood Mill Pond … (Photo/Maria Calise)

… at the Compo jetty by Schlaet’s Point … (Photo/Jim Hood)

… and over Compo Beach.,,, (Photo courtesy of Katherine Bruan)

… as well as Levitt Pavilion. (Photo/Jack Krayson)

Heat Kills!

Last summer, a Ridgefield toddler died when he was left inside a parked car.

Brandon Malin — a Coleytown Middle School 8th grader — thought of that, when he saw “Heat Kills” signs in Fairfield parking lots. He knows that every year, children and pets are left in cars that quickly become sweltering — even on mild days.

But Brandon did more than think.

He acted.

With the support of Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, First Selectman Jim Marpe and other town officials, he’s creating signs. They’ll remind drivers not to leave kids — or pets — in closed vehicles, especially in warm weather.

The signs will be installed in town-owned parking lots, where police feel the risk is greatest. Possibilities include Parker Harding, the Baldwin lot, the beaches, Longshore and library.

After the initial rollout, Brandon will contact owners of private parking lots too.

Right now he’s working with the Staples High School art department on the design.

He’s also trying to raise the $2,500 needed to produce the signs. All donations are tax deductible, and the target deadline is April 8. Click here to help!

But whether you donate or not, remember one thing: Heat Kills!

Brandon Malin and his dog Cali.

 

I Figure Memorial Day

Spring arrived at 6:28 this morning.

But no matter how nice the weather gets, this pile o’ smushed-together, salted-in, iced-over snow won’t melt any time soon.

(Photo/Britt Steel)

It’s not the only one. An even bigger and blacker mound looms over the Compo Shopping Center parking lot, opposite Planet Pizza.

But this photo is the one I’m running.

Because I really want to know why there’s a highway cone sitting on the hood of that Mercedes.

Spring Arrives Tomorrow, At 6:28 a.m.

Hey, I’m sure it will be spring somewhere.

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Unfortunately, it’s not Christmas.

It’s 4 days before spring.

And we could get 3 to 5 inches of snow on Saturday!

Hey, Stella!

Stella — the “Blizzard” of 2017 — has limped away.

All she left were a few final photos:

The Compo Beach pavilion …

… and a bench near the Ned Dimes Marina. Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photos/Nicola Sharian)

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

So What Are You Gonna Do Now With All That Milk And Eggs?

Trader Joe’s and Stop & Shop were stripped nearly bare. Gas stations were jammed. The Blizzard of the Year Decade Century Millennia Entire History of the Universe Since the Big Bang was coming!

It snowed this morning. The wind blew. A couple dozen homes were without power.

Ninety minute later, the juice was back on.

That was pretty much the story today. There was a storm for sure, and a bit of flooding. But to find the last time predictions were so far off, you have to go way back to November 8.

It was a day for Netflix. Finishing your taxes. And for Westport students to do homework.

Because you know — the Forecast of Doom notwithstanding — they’ll be back in school tomorrow.

Snow will fall. But birds have to feed. Kathie Motes Bennewitz made sure they had enough to eat.

Saugatuck Shores and coastal areas got hit with flooding, from the wind, high tide and full moon. When the storm receded, Max and Logan Manchester kayaked down Spriteview Avenue.

Water whipped up against Schlaet’s Point, on Hillspoint Road… (Photo/Ian Warburg)

…and nearby Compo Beach. (Photo/Ian Warburg)

This morning — with a statewide travel ban in effect — I-95 was deserted. This is the view looking north, from the Hales Road overpass. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

It’s Never Too Early To Plan Ahead

Registration is now open for Longshore Sailing School!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo copyright/Stefen Turner)

Sure Looks Like Great Weather From Here!

This was the view a couple of hours ago off Compo Beach, from Alan Hamilton’s quadcopter/drone:

Click on or over hover to enlarge.

Things are expected to look a bit different tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, alert “06880” reader — and concerned generator owner — Bart Shuldman reminds readers of important safety tips, in case you lose power in the upcoming blizzard:

If you are lucky enough to have a generator, you need to know it needs oil. Depending on the size and type, when running it will need oil once a day, every other day, or every 3 days. Your generator will stop running if and when the oil pressure drops.

Here is how to see how much oil you have — and if necessary, how to change it:

Open the panels that surround the generator. Find the one where the electrical panel is. If the unit is on, turn off the unit first — not the breaker. Your switch should have a middle “off” position. Once the unit is off, wait 30 seconds — then turn the breaker off.

Once everything is off, look for the dipstick. Pull it out, wipe it clean, replace it and see if the oil shows up on the stick. There will be minimum and maximum marks. If below the minimum, add oil.

Find the oil turn cover on top of the unit. Open it up and add the oil (you may need a funnel). Add half a can, then use your dipstick and look again. Add until the oil is close to maximum level.

Once finished, replace the oil cover and put back the oil dipstick.

When starting your generator again, turn on the unit first — not the breaker. Wait a few seconds, then turn the breaker on. Then replace all covers. Your generator will work for at least another day.