If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, scrap that trip to the Arctic.
Just step outside tonight.
Thanks to a geomagnetic storm — and clear skies — Connecticut residents may see the rare phenomenon this evening.
Check out these Northern Lights!
The Northern Lights — technically, Aurora Borealis — results from electrons colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere near the North Pole.
But — according to NBC Connecticut — our state is on the “very southern fringe” of areas that may be able to see the Lights this weekend.
Of course, this is not northern Canada or Scandinavia. Among the many differences: We have plenty of light pollution.
So if you’re on the lookout, NBC advises, find a dark area away from street and city lights.
Then look north.
(Hat tip: Chip Stephens)
Winslow Park, this morning (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Last week’s gorgeous , snowy and sparkling winter scene could have been taken many places in Westport. That’s the beauty of our town.
But — as Barbara Greenspan, Fred Cantor, Rebecca Ellsley and Andrew Colabella noted — Michael Tomashefsky shot his lovely image of the Saugatuck River on Ford Road. It’s one of the prettiest spots anywhere. (Ever since the embalming fluid factory left, it’s a lot more pristine too.)
Click here for the photo. And don’t forget to drive along Ford Road — slowly — whenever you get a chance.
This week’s Photo Challenge may be one of those I-know-I’ve-seen-it-somewhere images. If you think you know where in Westport it is, click “Comments” below.
Morning on the Saugatuck River (Photo/Tom Cook)
It wasn’t the biggest snowfall. It shouldn’t have caused as many power outages as it did.
But it sure was pretty.
Here are some scenes, captured around Westport by alert “06880” photographers.
And now — okay. It’s March. We’re ready for some spring shots!
This yard on Roseville Road sparkled (Photo/Gregg Bromberg)
Marion Road (Photo/Anne Bernier)
Winslow Park (Photo/Patricia McMahon)
Levitt Pavilion (Photo/JP Vellotti)
Kings Highway Elementary School (Photo/Maggie Gomez)
Playhouse condos, from Winslow Park (Photo/Molly Alger)
Old Mill Beach (Photo/Matt Murray)
The train station last night, in the thick of the storm (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
After digging themselves out — and getting power back on — “06880” readers were eager to offer up a few Unsung Heroes. Usually we wait until Wednesday, but it’s nice to strike while the iron (if not the weather) is hot.
Gil Ghitelman — who must have gotten his power back quickly — writes: “I suggest a hat tip to Eversource. Consummate professionals.”
Chip Stephens nominates the baristas at Starbucks. Despite the snow, they were there bright and early with his morning Joe.
But the greatest Unsung Hero — so far, anyway — works at a different coffee shop. JP Vellotti tells this tale:
“Like a lot of people this snowy morning, I was shoveling since 5 a.m. Like a lot of people, I needed my coffee before the train.
“The new Mystic Market was closed. Winfield Street just closed too, and Desi’s is out.
“But Romanacci — which is just taking over from Winfield — had a makeshift counter, and one pot going. The line was long, but it went fast.”
Here’s the best part: The credit card machine isn’t set up yet. So Venlich Aguilar — who is staying on after Winfield Street leaves — asked people to pay cash, if they could. Round numbers, please — too many people, so no change.
And if you had no cash — no problem. Just come back later and pay!
Last night’s heavy snow downed trees and power lines throughout Westport.
As of 9 a.m., over 1,100 customers were without electricity. That’s down from more than 1,500 after midnight.
One of the most treacherous situations is on North Avenue, at the Merritt Parkway overpass. A large tree dangles over the parkway.
Nearby resident Tommy Greenwald spoke to an Eversource crew. They told him that power would “definitely” be back today.
However, the Merritt was about to be shut down, to clear the tree.
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Westport’s Department of Public Works was out early this morning, making sure town roads were safe for everyone. (Photo/Jimmy Izzo)
When the snow stopped, this was the scene, looking westbound at the Saugatuck train station (Photo/Max Stanger)
Today’s Unsung Heroes might seem an unusual pick.
This winter has been remarkably snow-free (knocking on every piece of wood I can find — especially for tonight). We’ve been hit with only a few flakes — and scarcely seen a plow.
Westporters have a fraught relationship with our plow guys. We desperately need them, and a good, reliable one is solid gold.
But we pay a lot for their services. As much as we like them, we sure don’t want to see them.
A rare sight this winter.
Think of it from their perspectives, though. This has been a winter of lost wages.
So, for all the private plow guys: Hang in there. We hope you’re doing okay.
And for the town and state employees, who do amazing (and thankless) work in every storm too: We’re glad you worked on other projects this winter!
(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
One view of frozen Compo Beach … (Photo/Kathie Motes Bennewitz)
… and another … (Photo/Tammy Barry)
… and Gray’s Creek … Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)
… while in between, Ned Dimes Marina… (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
… and finally, a couple of miles away, the frozen Saugatuck River. (Drone photo/Brandon Malin)