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Old 11-03-2011, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Granby, CT sometimes NH.
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Extreme weather is becoming the norm as global average temperatures rise. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor so it makes sense. New Hampshire has already had 3 statewide disaster declarations from the weather so far this year. No, these type of storms are not in any way normal. The "once in 100 year" or "once in 500 year" probability odds of seeing a storm of a certain magnitude rule has been thrown completely out the window over the past 10+ years.
Agreed. Our road in Newbury got washed out several times in the past few years. The first time they said it was a 100 year storm, the second it was a 500 year storm. Nobody says anything anymore they just file the disaster paperwork.

Most towns aren't in a position to make the expensive infrastructure changes (if possible) to handle the significant rainfall that has been received.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:11 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Air Quality Alert for CT from use of generators & "unseasoned" firewood due to the outages. Dont forget...unseasoned wood smokes more and the particles are not efficiently burned off. plus it creates more Creosote. Thats why we're seeing this alert too, People havent cleaned their flue.

CTZ005-006-009-040415-
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-HARTFORD CT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS
1207 AM EDT THU NOV 3 2011

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FROM 12 AM THURSDAY UNTIL 12 AM
FRIDAY...THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... NORTHERN FAIRFIELD...NORTHERN NEW HAVEN...SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD.

AN AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY MEANS THAT PARTICULATE MATTER WITHIN THE REGION MAY APPROACH OR EXCEED UNHEALTHY LEVELS FOR PARTS OF CONNECTICUT DUE TO ELEVATED LEVELS OF PARTICLE POLLUTION.
THIS FORECAST IS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF SNOW PACK...LIGHT WINDS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY...INCREASED NUMBER OF WOOD BURNING USED FOR HEATING HOMES RESULTING FROM A RECORD NUMBER OF POWER OUTAGES CAUSED BY THE HISTORIC HEAVY WET SNOWSTORM OF OCTOBER 29TH AND 30TH.

THIS MEANS THAT LOCALLY EMITTED PARTICLE AIR POLLUTION WILL LINGER NEAR THE SURFACE AND PRODUCE UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS LEVELS THROUGH THURSDAY. WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO HELP IMPROVE OUR AIR QUALITY BY FRIDAY...NOVEMBER 4...2011 AS INCREASING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS SHOULD DISSIPATE THE LINGERING PARTICLE POLLUTION.

Intellicast - Weather Alerts
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Get this.... CL&P goes on camera saying they werent told the storm would be bad.
Yeah - I usually back these guys, as I did with Irene, but come on! You've got to be kidding me. All I'm hearing are asinine excuses from the higher ups at CL-P. I do feel bad for the crews working outside though, as they're putting up with a lot of crap from residents.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: New England
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Extreme weather is becoming the norm as global average temperatures rise. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor so it makes sense. New Hampshire has already had 3 statewide disaster declarations from the weather so far this year. No, these type of storms are not in any way normal. The "once in 100 year" or "once in 500 year" probability odds of seeing a storm of a certain magnitude rule has been thrown completely out the window over the past 10+ years.
I'd agree with you except global temperatures are going down, not up. Temps peaked in the 90's and are on the way back down, and we are in a pattern much like the late 70's which was on the upswing. This is the other side of the "hill".

It's nothing more than this thing called nature and the natural fluctuations that occur. These fluctuations in temps have occurred forever. We are just better at more accurately measuring and record it now.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Oh my gosh, you guys, I feel so badly for all of you who have (or had) no power. That's just brutal. We got off relatively easy out here in Worcester, MA. Lots of trees and limbs down (navigating the roads is pretty difficult, but doable), we lost our Internet access for three days but were not one of the 30% who lost power (and still don't have power).

I'm in touch with my old neighbors in West Hartford. One said that he doesn't expect his power to be on for at least another week. My next-door neighbor, when I lived in West Hartford, had one of my old backyard trees fall -- it took out the side of their house and landed on their new car, all twisted with the power line it brought down with it. They're now staying in a hotel. I wonder about the damage, if any, to my old house, and if any other trees fell on our old property.

My thoughts are with you during this trying time. I know that it's frustrating. I hope you all get back to normal very, very soon.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I'd agree with you except global temperatures are going down, not up. Temps peaked in the 90's and are on the way back down, and we are in a pattern much like the late 70's which was on the upswing. This is the other side of the "hill".

It's nothing more than this thing called nature and the natural fluctuations that occur. These fluctuations in temps have occurred forever. We are just better at more accurately measuring and record it now.

+1. Better at recording it & much more aware of the possible results of our actions. I say possible because I'm not sold on the idea that climate change is our fault. We KNOW that 10,000 short years ago my house was under a mile of ice. Seems silly to think that the climate will do anything except continue to fluctuate.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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From CL&P...... "A few people have asked about filing claims for losses so we wanted to provide you with the accurate information. While CL&P assists customers with claims for an outage caused by our actions, a storm is outside of our control. While food or other expenses are not reimbursable through CL&P, we encourage both residential and commercial customers to file a claim with their homeowners or renters insurance."

Wow. Suddenly I'm liking Con Ed.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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From CL&P...... "A few people have asked about filing claims for losses so we wanted to provide you with the accurate information. While CL&P assists customers with claims for an outage caused by our actions, a storm is outside of our control. While food or other expenses are not reimbursable through CL&P, we encourage both residential and commercial customers to file a claim with their homeowners or renters insurance."

Wow. Suddenly I'm liking Con Ed.
Wait - really? Why would CL-P pay for food in someone's fridge? I'm not a fan of their responses to some questions, but give me a break.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Wait - really? Why would CL-P pay for food in someone's fridge? I'm not a fan of their responses to some questions, but give me a break.
Half a million still out 6 days later. Other power companies do.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Half a million still out 6 days later. Other power companies do.
They do?
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