Category Archives: Weather

Christmastime Kayak

Compo Beach is beautiful this time of year.

So is Long Island Sound.

Alert “06880” reader June Eichbaum took this stunning iPhone photo, a few minutes after launching from Compo. The view is toward Norwalk.

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There’s beauty all around us, for sure. We just have to know where to look.

While You Were Away…

You might not get to Compo Beach much these days — particularly on a chilly December weekday.

But 2 of Westport’s most talented photographers headed there this morning. Here’s what they found:

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

(Photo/John Videler)

(Photo/John Videler)

Click on or hover over the images to enlarge.

Water, Water — Not Everywhere

Despite recent rains, Connecticut remains mired in a drought.

A long, serious drought.

It has not gotten much attention. But it’s here. And it’s real.

Aquarion has asked customers to reduce water consumption by 20 percent. That’s a lot.

It’s also 5 percent more than Governor Malloy requested, just a month ago.

Aquarion says that from Greenwich to Bridgeport, its reservoirs are between 15 and 60 percent of capacity. The company is building temporary pipelines to balance supply among reservoirs. But more action is needed.

As wells run dry — among other effects — all residents are asked to take shorter showers, shut off water while brushing teeth, and do fewer loads of laundry.

Click here for information on stream flow, groundwater and related issues.

Click here for a “drought monitor” website.

And start hoping for a very snowy winter.

One solution to the drought.

One solution to the drought.

Only 21 Days Until Christmas…

(Photo/Robert Augustyn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Robert Augustyn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Luisa Francoeur)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Luisa Francoeur)

Morning Mountains

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Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

No, Westport does not suddenly huddle beneath a towering mountain range.

These are just very cool clouds over Nash’s Pond, on a beautiful, calm-after-the-2-day-storm morning.

First Press For First Night

Lots of local organizations ask for coverage on “06880.” They want me to promote their events, fundraisers and what-not.

First Night is different. I’ve never received a personal email or call from anyone associated with Westport’s annual ring-in-the-new-year festival. Some years they don’t even send a press release.

So I’m doing their job for them. Here’s what’s going down December 31.

This is First Night Westport’s 22nd year. It’s one of only 2 First Night celebrations left in Connecticut (the other is in Hartford).

Municipal and corporate donations have slumped. In fact, they’re waaaay down.

But a small corps of volunteers slogs on. They sign musical acts, magicians and ice carvers; arrange carriage rides, bonfires and fireworks; find venues, design buttons and sell tickets — all so families can enjoy a fun, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve.

Then they spend days staring at weather reports, praying a blizzard or deep freeze won’t scuttle their work.

It works. Last year’s turnout set a record.

John Videler's drone captures the First Night fireworks over Westport.

John Videler’s drone captures the First Night fireworks over Westport.

This year, over 25 performances take place at 10 sites. Chris Coogan returns, as do the Washboard Slims, and Dennis the Train Man. There’s comedy, drama, dancing, and music from rock to Broadway.

Buttons go on sale Friday (December 2) at the Library, Town Hall, Westport Historical Society, Saugatuck Sweets, Trader Joe’s and Weston Hardware, or online here. They’re $10 each ($15 after December 15),  and allow entry for everything. Children under 2 are free.

Fun fact: Button prices have remained the same since the 1st First Night, back in the (ahem) Clinton administration. Take that, Cablevision!

For some reason — perhaps their own low-key approach to publicity-seeking — First Night flies under the radar.

Like the fireworks they shoot off in the frigid sky, First Night should soar.

(First Night depends on volunteers — to make the event happen, and to fund it all. To help, click here or email chair Barbara Pearson-Rac: bpr1946@yahoo.com. She’d especially like to hear from potential sponsors!)

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like … October

But it’s November 19. Thanksgiving is 5 days away.

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Enjoy the lingering leaves while you can. Rain moves in tonight. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy, with a high of only 43.

Hales Road photos by Fred Cantor. Click on or hover over to enlarge.

Hales Road photos by Fred Cantor. Click on or hover over to enlarge.

Fantastic Fall Foliage

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/John Videler)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/John Videler)

Imperial Avenue and Gault Park is in the foreground. Downtown is in the background.

And the wonders of Westport are well on display.

Riverwalk Reflections

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Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photos/Anne Bernier)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photos/Anne Bernier)

A Fiery End To Daylight Savings Time

Tomorrow, this scene — well, sunset, anyway — will appear an hour earlier.

(Photo/Jack Feuer)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Jack Feuer)

And for the next 6 weeks, each day ends a little sooner.

PS: Only 50 days until Christmas!