THANKS FOR VISITING!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Lead in story was about how a North Carolina jeweler promised to refund all diamond purchases if it snowed 3" or more on X-Mas. It snowed 6" there!! We would have a lot of broke jewelers if they started making deals like that here in CT!
Monday, December 27, 2010
- Greenwich: 60 mph
- Danbury: 60 mph
- Bridgeport: 60 mph
- New Haven: 60 mph
- New London: 68 mph
- Wilton: 18"
- Greenwich: 17"
- Southbury: 11"
- Granby: 8.o"
- East Hartford: 14"
- Burlington: 11"
- Glastonbury: 10.2"
- Hartford: 6.5"-14"
Tim Paul, our floor director motions for me to lean into anchor Anthony DiLorenzo. Something is wrong with his microphone so mine will have to cover both of us.
Then we come back out to the couch shot...AWKWARD!!
And Anthony has no idea why I'm offering my chest to him.
I got an puzzled look and an awkward giggle. Last time I let him borrow my microphone! ;) Just another live TV moment!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Most people will see a foot to a foot and a half of snow out of this storm! No matter how much snow falls, the wind is really a bigger issue because it will blow a lot of the snow around making it nearly impossible to see with blizzard conditions and zero visibility at times.
Southeastern Connecticut (New London) may see the lower end of the (10"-20") range with some sleet mixing in at times. The higher end of the totals will land where "mesoscale banding" occurs. These bands are nearly impossible to predict and are usually a few miles wide. Very heavy snow will occur in the bands, with thunder possible. Looks like they might set up in northwest CT but it's too early to tell.
Most of the snow that falls will be fluffy, powdery snow (the kind that is NOT good for making snowmen). But southeastern CT could see isolated power outages with a wetter, heavier snow.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for much of Southern CT from Sunday through Monday afternoon with snow accumulations over a foot in many areas and strong winds causing blowing and drifting of snow. Visibility will get down to zero at times making it dangerous if not impossible on the roads. Strong winds may also take down trees, power lines and Christmas decorations. Wind gusts could get up to 45-60 mph.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the rest of the state from Sunday night into Monday. Snow accumulations will range from 10”-20”. Blowing and drifting snow will make for difficult and dangerous travel conditions. Snow will start off light Sunday morning getting steadier and heavier as the day progresses. The worst of the storm will be overhead Sunday night into early Monday with snowfall rates of 1”-3” per hour and whiteout conditions.
Sunday (during the day)
Some areas of snow around; activity will be mainly light. Snow will pick up in intensity around sunset.
Worst of the storm - this is when most of the snow will fall. Travel will be difficult or impossible during the storm’s peak. A strong wind will result in blowing and drifting of snow. Power outages are possible.
Snow will become less intense and taper to flurries and snow showers. If the storm were to stall, then a light snow could fall for most of the day. A strong wind will continue all day; resulting in additional blowing and drifting of the snow.
Friday, December 24, 2010
There will not be any problems Christmas Day weather wise with just an increase in clouds throughout the day. High temperatures will be near 30 degrees with a very light wind.
On Sunday a powerful Nor'Easter will take shape along the Carolina coast and then move north toward Cape Cod Sunday night into early Monday. The track of the storm will determine accumulations. The potential exists for blizzard conditions to develop across parts of New England by Sunday evening. Winds could gust upward to 60 mph causing considerable blowing and drifting of snow, in addition to scattered power outages. Snow fall amounts could approach a foot. The question is…will Connecticut get the direct hit OR fringe effects with just a few inches combined with blowing and drifting snow? Right now a direct hit is less likely. But it’s not out of the cards either. To be honest, this remains a low confidence forecast.
The storm will depart the region by late in the day on Monday and skies will clear out that night. Winds will remain strong and gusty.
Fair with moderating temperatures by Wednesday with day time highs approaching 40.
Stay with CTnow.com, Courant.com, Fox CT and WTIC AM 1080 for the latest on the snow storm for Sunday into Monday.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sorry snow lovers, Sunday’s ocean storm is not going to bring us the "snowpocalypse" you were hoping for. But there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the storm’s track. The low pressure system could head out to sea, completely missing Connecticut. A track further east means fringe effects for the state with snow showers and the possibility for some light accumulation.
The best chance for snow will be in eastern CT, as this area is closer to the storm’s path with lesser effects in western CT – there will be a sharp cut-off to the precipitation shield.
We won’t be able to pin down potential snow amounts until Saturday, stay tuned!
Every run of the computer model produces very large fluctuations in snowfall. The majority of the models this morning are keeping the storm out to sea on Sunday. But there are still some outliers that show near blizzard conditions. Probabilistic models have a 50% chance of 4" of snow on sunday. 50%?!!!! Really? We have the same odds forecasting if you flipped a coin!! (Insert meteorologist joke here.)
If I had to bet today...I would say it looks like the storm is not likely to be a direct hit. BUT that could certainly change with the afternoon model runs. I'm very excited to see if there are any trends. I'm working tonight so I get to obsess over the forecast.
Personally, here's the worst part. I am off this weekend. So there better not be a big storm without me at work!!!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Peak Wind Gusts (as of 7 PM EST Wed Dec 1)
Meriden: 58 mph
Bridgeport: 49 mph
Groton/New London: 49 mph
Waterbury/Oxford: 48 mph
Windsor Locks (BDL): 45 mph
Hartford: 45 mph
Now you know why there were 20,000 power outages! I hate power outages. If you can't watch TV, you should at least be able to open up the fridge to eat something to pass the time.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
- 19 named storms, 3rd highest number on record!
- 12 hurricanes, 2nd highest on record!
- 0 major hurricanes made landfall on US coasts (category 3 or higher)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Google claims its the fastest browser out there. We measure the speed of cars by how fast they can go from 0 to 60. In Internet land, google measures speed by things like: the number of searches per second or the number of tabs you can open per second.
Who cares. I'm usually on my couch eating buttered popcorn and watching TV while I search for crap I don't need to know. I'm in no rush to find out who is guest starring in next week's Glee episode.
I didn't care UNTIL a friend told me to check out a new kind of music video that you can only watch on Google Chrome. The Wilderness Downtown is an experimental interactive film created by Chris Milk in collaboration with Arcade Fire and Google. It was built using HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool and it uses multiple browser windows as the user moves around the screen.
SOOOOOO COOOL! The geek in me can only imagine how long it took to code that video. Computer programmers have only scratched the surface when it comes to what HTML5 can do. But this video is a great preview.
Click here to download Google Chrome
Then watch the music video here!
Let me know what you think! Pretty cool stuff!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
- Manchester: 1.0"
- Staffordville: 2.0"
- Coventry: 1.5"
- Tolland: 1.0"
- Moosup: 2.0"
- East Killingly: 1.5"
- Bridgeport: 0.4"
- Shelton: 0.3"
- Danbury: 0.2"
- Portland: 1.3"
- Killingworth: 0.5"
New Haven County:
- Madison: 1.0"
- New Haven: 0.5"
- Branford: 0.3"
New London County:
- Groton: 0.5"
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
By the way...I took this picture on my blackberry. Isn't it amazing how far camera phones have come? My first camera phone was so bad you couldn't even tell the gender of the blurry pixilated face that appeared on my caller I.D.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
A freeze warning is issued when temperatures are cold enough to kill outdoor plants.
I'm forecasting overnight low temperatures between 27-29 degrees inland, and 29-32 degrees along the shoreline.
IF the forecast is correct, this will "end the growing season". That means you will no longer see freeze watches or warnings because...plants are already dead.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
A slow moving storm will continue to spin up wet, breezy and cool conditions through Wednesday. Skies will remain cloudy today with showers or drizzle at times. Although it will not rain all day, keep the umbrella handy. Winds will howl at times, blowing out of the northeast at 5 to 15 mph with locally higher gusts. Tomorrow the storm will strengthen causing rain to become more steady and heavy. After a lingering shower early Thursday, clearing is expected. The end of the week looks great!
Although there could be another isolated storm tonight with hail, I think most locations will just see a few leftover showers/drizzle. Periods of rain will continue right through Wednesday (maybe early Thursday).
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It is, in fact, no larger in the sky than when it's overhead, but our minds fool us, perhaps because we have a reference point -- something on the horizon -- that we lack when it is high among the stars.
For example, when you see the moon in close proximity to a tree, your brain will miscalculate the distance to the moon, mentally bringing it closer (like the tree) and thus making it bigger. It seems so real, but this beautiful illusion is all in our minds.
Either that’s true, or the sky is falling! Chicken Little was right!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Here’s the bio on my station’s website if you want
Here's a little more about me...
• First TV Appearance: Does college TV count? Hmmm…probably not. My first “real” TV appearance was on WICU 12News in Erie, Pennsylvania. I did the weather and I was so nervous I could barely breathe!
• Memorable Weather: Covering lake effect snow in Erie was interesting. The wind changes direction and suddenly there is 6 inches of snow on the ground. Also, I will never forget my first 3-hour non-stop tornado coverage. That was quite a challenge! It happened July 21st for the tornado in Bristol, CT.
• Favorite TV Program: It was LOST until the show ended and endlessly disappointed me. Right now my favorite shows are True Blood, Dexter, Entourage and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Yeah, I like trash TV.
• First News Story: I reported on shopping carts being stolen from a Meadville, PA super market. I was so proud.
• Why I'm A Meteorologist: I am fascinated with the weather and I love to share my love and knowledge with anyone who’s willing to watch . I like to think I provide a little more info than your standard weather.com forecast. All that AND I loved the movie Twister. I'm not afraid to admit it.
• Alma Mater: Penn State University. I have a B.S. in Meteorology with a Weather Forecasting and Communications option.
• Hometown: New York City, New York
• Height: 5' 3" , but in front of the green screen I'm 5'11 thanks to the magic of television
• Star Sign: Gemini
• Siblings: 1
• Kids: 0
• Hobbies: Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Scuba Diving, Eating, Weather
• Favorite Foods: My appetite knows no bounds. I will try anything and I love creative presentations.
• Favorite Sports Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions! I don’t watch anything else! My family and friends are split between the Mets and the Yankees.
• Favorite Musician: Depends on my mood. I love rock, electronic music, and pop…just no country
• Favorite Destination: Paris, Prague, Venice, anywhere tropical, don't make me pick.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friend me on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Hurricane Earl has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, as expected. He has already turned to the NE, sparing much of Massachusetts from hurricane force winds.
Earl is on track to pass 200 miles east of Connecticut Friday night with moderate rain and winds picking up this evening, especially for southeastern CT (Groton, New London, Stonington). Winds could gust to 40 mph. Inland, conditions will improve rapidly. Most parts of CT will see very little or no rain from Earl, especially in the NW. I actually think tomorrow will feature more wind than tonight!
The Latest Stats on Earl
- Wind Speed: 85 mph
- Direction: NNE 21 mph
- Location: 350 Mi SSW of Nantucket, MA
Earl is forecast to weaken but still remains a large hurricane. An increase in speed and a turn to the NE is expected in the next 12-24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend 70 miles from the storm's eye. Tropical storm force winds extend 205 miles from the eye.
Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities:
Southeastern CT has a greater chance of tropical storm force winds with the orange shading(50-60%). The rest of the state has a lower chance (30-50%). With little or no chance of gusty winds in the NW under the green shading (10-30%)
The wind will increase out of the east during Friday afternoon. It will shift to the northeast and north during Friday night. Gusts may reach 40 to 50 mph in eastern and southern CT Friday evening. The combination of wet ground, fully foliated trees and wind may lead to some downed trees or limbs. This, in turn, may result in some power outages. For the remainder of the state (including the Hartford area), the wind could be gusty at times tomorrow evening; however, no major issues due to wind are expected in these areas.
As with any tropical system, we still need to closely monitor the track. Any deviations to the expected path would result in changes to the outlook.
Waves will increase during the day Friday as Earl approaches. Waves may exceed 6 feet in Long Island Sound; wave heights will likely exceed 10 feet in the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. Boat owners should be sure that their boats are properly secured for a storm. Seas will become dangerous on Friday. No major coastal flooding is expected in Connecticut with this storm. Large waves and deadly rip currents are possible through much of the holiday weekend along ocean beaches.
There will be a gusty westerly wind following the storm on Saturday. The holiday weekend will feature cooler and drier conditions; more fitting for the approach of autumn later this month. No weekend plans should be cancelled locally as the weather will be fine.
People planning to travel to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket for this weekend will need to reconsider. The storm will be gone by Saturday; however, the storm will leave damage behind. Also, ferry service may be disrupted into Saturday due to high seas. Travel to other parts of the northeast should be fine this weekend.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The graphic on the left shows the probability of tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph). You can click on the graphic to enlarge it. The areas shaded in purple tell us where the winds will be the most intense. For CT, the western and central parts of the state are highlighted in yellow which is a 30-50% chance for tropical storm force winds. But in Southeastern CT there's a 50-60% chance. And the LI sound (for those with boats) is in the 50-70% range. So the greatest threat for strong winds are in southeastern CT and the LI Sound
Although some areas south and east could see tropical storm force winds, hurricane strength winds are highly unlikely. The map to the right shows the probability of winds reaching hurricane strength (sustained 74 mph winds or higher). Most of the state has little or no chance of that. Southeastern CT falls within the 5-10% range. Again, you can click on the map if you want to enlarge it.
The track of this storm takes the center 150 miles east of CT. Here's the forecast cone. The shoreline of CT is shaded in yellow to show the Tropical Storm Watch in effect. Cape Cod will be closer to the center of the storm so that's why the pink shading is there to indicate a Hurricane Watch. You may want to re-think your plans to the Cape this weekend.
Could this storm change it's track and surprise us? A big change isn't likely. The computer models have been surprisingly consistent. The graphic below is called a spaghetti plot (because the lines on the graphic look like spaghetti). Each line represents a computer model's forecast track for hurricane Earl. You can see every line showing the storm swing out to sea EAST of Connecticut which is a favorable track for us.
Notice all the tracks take Earl out to sea. But some of those tracks take the storm much closer to the shoreline. A closer track would mean heavier rain and stronger winds.
Hurricane Earl is forecast to pass about 150 miles southeast of Long Island Friday evening. The greatest local impacts from Earl are expected across eastern long island and potentially Southeastern Connecticut.
At 6 AM the center of Hurricane Earl was located about 800 miles south of Long Island, NY. Earl is moving NNW at 18 mph with winds of 45 mph.
If you have a boat,a Tropical Storm Watch continues for the entire shoreline. When making decisions...do not focus on the exact forecast track. Impacts from a hurricane can be felt several hundred miles away.
For the shoreline, continue with your preparations and listen for possible warnings. Small crafts should return to port or seek safe harbor.
I’ll try and update you throughout the day.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Hurricane Earl remains a major hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are at 135 mph; Earl is a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
The storm is located to the northeast of the Bahamas and is moving to the NW. The storm is expected to turn to the north, then northeast over the next 48 hours. The forecast remains consistent, with a storm track near or to the east of Nantucket on Friday night. On this path, the eye of the storm would pass to our east. However, there is still the potential for stormy weather here in Connecticut. Winds could approach tropical storm force for a period of time, especially along the shore and in eastern CT. Heavy rain remains possible. The exact track of Earl will determine what we see here; it is too early to pinpoint those details. If the storm were to track farther east, we could see little or no impact in CT. A storm track to the west (over Cape Cod, for example), would result in more rain and wind.
It still appears that destructive winds will remain to our east; however, gusty winds could lead to downed limbs and power lines Friday and Friday night.
Boaters should make sure that their boats are secure before the storm arrives on Friday. Mariners should be aware of dangerous waves in Long Island Sound and in the ocean as the storm approaches. Rip currents and large waves are likely on ocean facing beaches through the holiday weekend.
The storm will be gone in time for the holiday weekend. Cooler and drier weather dominate. It’ll remain windy following the storm on Saturday.
Travel plans to Cape Cod or the islands may need to be reconsidered for the weekend. The storm will be gone by Saturday; however, ferry service may be disrupted. Also, damage and power outages could be widespread in the hurricane watch zone.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here is one of the latest computer models--the 12Z GFS for Friday night around 8:00 P.M. Remember this is just one computer model. But there are no big outliers at this time. Meaning, most of the models are showing pretty similar scenarios.
The box in the upper right shows rainfall. You can see the heaviest rain still offshore, but it's still not out of the question for a decent soaking, especially if the storm moves as little as 50 miles west. The box in the upper middle shows us where the center of the low pressure will be moving (offshore). The lines around the low pressure system are called isobars or lines of equal pressure. When those lines are close together it shows a big difference in pressure. And winds are driven by differences in pressure. Tight lines=VERY WINDY!
The bottom right shows accumulated rainfall which is tough to rely on at this point. But a soaking is not out of the question.
I would be more concerned at this point for people who live on Cape Cod. They will be closer to the storm's center and some nasty winds and rain may become a reality for them.
The cone in the picture to the right is called the "cone of uncertainty". The National Hurricane Center creates a cone around the forecast track to account for errors in forecasting or uncertainly in forecasting. That's why the cone gets bigger with time. But you will notice we are on the edge of the cone. So don't be alarmed if you see a map like this. It does not mean a hurricane is forecast to hit CT. But it means we need to watch this storm carefully because it's making forecasters at least a little nervous.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
What is the 4 PM show? Our newest hour-long weekly newscast started this Monday. It’s a very different show. You will NEVER find two stuffy anchors sitting at a desk going through the stories. Everyone gets involved in the newsroom. If there’s a breaking news story, Rachel Lutzker will approach the assignment desk and get the scoop live, for the first time along with the rest of the state. Courant reporters and other newsroom staffers who are not “trained in TV” will appear on a regular basis. And viewer feedback and comments are a regular part of the show.
Rachel handles the fun stuff, Brent Hardin covers hard news and Garett Argianas is on weather duty! You should watch the show and make suggestions. We are willing to hear them!
Again---I’ll be anchoring this Friday and all of next week. You can also find the show streaming live on CTNOW.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
BROOKFIELD : 2.52
BRIDGEPORT : 1.61
...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
MERIDEN : 2.88
NEW HAVEN/TWEED : 2.57
HAMDEN : 1.94
...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
OAKDALE : 2.57
GROTON/NEW LONDON : 0.92
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
What the...? Just kidding! YES this is Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton. BUT the boat was just a float participating in the 6th annual Friends of Lake Pocotopaug Dennis Griswold Showboat Parade. Staying with current events, the Spencer Funeral Home sponsored the likes of a BP skimmer pontoon boat. It was adorned with plastic brown water fowl, yellow haz-mat suits, and many cans of cold liquid dispersent.
How fun would it be to borrow that boat for a day and see how many people freak out? I would love to do a hidden camera show about that. Who's with me?!
To see this and more pics from the event, visit my buddy Al's website.
He took took several pictures with a second exposure and compiled them in photoshop. The long streaks in the sky are debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. You can see more of Al's pics here.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The perseid meteor shower is really just debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle which has been orbiting the earth for centuries. As debris collides with the earth’s atmosphere at 133,200 mph, the debris heats up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat causes the long lived streaks you see in the sky that resemble a shooting star. On a good night you can see one meteor a minute.
So what now? Well on Friday night skies will be mainly clear. The peak viewing period will have passed…BUT if you’re persistent you will probably get to see some action. Just go to an area with little or no surrounding city lights and look up! The best time to see the perseids will be after midnight through the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning.
Good luck. I’ll be staring up at the sky too! If you get any good pictures, send them my way!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Well we have finally hired a new permanent weekend anchor. She will start working August 25th. I have not met her yet but received this e-mail from our News Director, Coleen Marren.
"I am happy to announce we have hired a weekend anchor. Alison Morris will be joining us on August 25. Alison joins us after spending the past five years in Pittsburgh at KDKA-TV. Alison is from Long Island and attended Yale. She has worked for the Wall Street Journal and CNBC. She will be working on the weekends as an anchor and during the week she will be doing some consumer reporting for the web and the Courant.
Alison is a dedicated, multi-media journalist who is filled with enthusiasm. She is a marathon runner and plans to run the Hartford Marathon, adding to her successful completion of the Paris Marathon earlier this year.
Her family and friends are welcoming her back East. I trust you will do the same. Alison will be here Tuesday to meet everyone. "
Friday, August 6, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Look at the average temperature for the beginning and end of the month.
The cooling trend will pick up the pace in Septemper!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
- July 2010 average temperature: 77.1°
- July Normal (1971-2000): 73.7°
- Departure from normal: +3.5°!
This ties the previous record of 77.1° set back in 1994. Here are the top three warmest July's.
- 77.1°, 1994, 2010
- 77.0°, 1955
- 76.8°, 1949
Two heat waves were recorded in July...From the 4-9 and the 16-18. The highest temperature was 102 degrees on July 6th which set the record for that date. The precious record was 99, set back in 1999. A second 100 degree reading was recorded on the 7th. The last time two consecutive days of 100 degree or greater high temperatures occurred on July 19-21, 1991.
Number of 90+ Days so far:
- July Total: 15
- June Total: 3
- Summer Total: 18
- May Total: 2
- April Total: 1
- 2010 Total: 21 days
Although the heat was the main attraction this July, here are the precip totals for anyone who is interested.
- July 2010 Precip: 3.29"
- July Normal (1971-2000): 3.67"
- Departure From Normal: -0.38"
LAST JULY WAS THE OPPOSITE! July 2009 was the 2nd wettest and 6th coolest on record with 11.17" of rain and an average temperature of 70.2°.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Buttonwood Farms in Griswold has hosted this yearly event beginning in 2003. They plant 10 acres of sunflowers and offer $5 hayrides through the towering yellow flowers. All the money goes to the Make A Wish Foundation. It's a beautiful idea and a beautiful sight. Here are some pics from the farm. Some are with my best friend Kim and the others are with my sister Jade. And no...I didn't do an outfit change between shots. (I'm not that much of a diva!) I actually drove all the way to Griswold TWICE to see the flowers.