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5:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plymouth State Research Could Help Drivers Avoid Dangerous Conditions

A sudden snow squall led to this recent 35-car pile up on Interstate 93.
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As we all know, winter weather is a reality of life here in New Hampshire. More snow appears to be headed our way this weekend.

But until the storm actually gets here, it’s often hard to know if it’s going to be a wintry mix or freezing rain, or how dangerous driving conditions could be in certain areas of the state.

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NH News
2:26 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Freezing Rain Causes Treacherous Roadways, Multiple Accidents

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The state’s Department of Transportation warned about slippery conditions on roadways from Manchester to Plymouth Sunday as freezing rain hit cold pavement. “Incidents are happening all over the place,” said Bill Boynton with NHDOT.  

By afternoon, a pileup on I-93 blocked traffic in both directions near I-89.

Boynton's recommendation? Watch football.

"As soon as you start using salt, the rain dissolves it," he said. That made pre-treatment impossible Sunday morning, as freezing rain moved in across the state.  

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NH News
3:49 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

N.H. Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions In Frigid Temperatures

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With wind chill temperatures forecast for 30 degrees below zero and lower for Wednesday night into Thursday, New Hampshire emergency management authorities are urging people to stay indoors as much as possible and dress in layers when they go outside.

Homeland Security Directory Perry Plumber encourages people to have emergency supplies in their car in case they get stuck.

People also should watch for signs of frostbite, such as the loss of feeling or white or pale appearance in fingers, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.

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NH News
11:24 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Flood Watch In Effect, As Storm Expected To Make For Wet Christmas

A flood watch is in effect for New Hampshire through Wednesday night into the evening on Christmas.

A storm is expected to drop 1-2 inches of rain, which may cause some localized flooding.

Hometown Forecast Services Meteorologist Gary Best says much of New Hampshire will see light rain and drizzle throughout Wednesday afternoon.

He says the heavier rain moves Wednesday night, along with milder temperatures and an increasing south wind.

NH News
6:53 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Storm Update: Icy Weather To Resume Today, Advisory In Effect For North Country

Ice coats a car in Hopkinton
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For the latest weather information and power outage maps, visit NHPR's weather information page right here.

Tune in to NHPR for weather information throughout the day.

  8:06 AM

The winter weather has led to a number of power outages for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative customers.

The utility’s spokesman Seth Wheeler says the outages peaked around 6 yesterday evening, with 5,600 customers out.

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NH News
7:17 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Power Companies Expect More Major Storms, More Major Outages

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  Now that virtually all of the 300,000 energy customers who lost power in Wednesday’s storm have their lights back on, New Hampshire's power companies are looking to the future. 

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NH News
7:42 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Getting Power To The People: Almost Finished

After the fourth largest power outage in the state’s history utility companies say they have restored power to most customers.

Following the storm Wednesday night - and in the days that followed - more than 300,000 customers lost power at some point, disrupting holiday plans and sending some people to warming shelters.

This morning PSNH said about 1,900 customers are without power and it expects to have power restored to them by tonight.

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NH News
7:13 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Number Of N.H. Customers Without Power Dropping, Full Restoration Expected Monday

The capital dome framed by snow on Thanksgiving, 2014.
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Update: 10:23 AM Saturday

The number of New Hampshire customers without power after the season's first major snowstorm is down to about 40,000.

At the peak, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without electricity after the storm Wednesday night, the fourth largest outage in state history.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 39,000 homes and business without power Saturday morning, mostly in the southern part of the state. It expects to have electricity fully restored by Monday.

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Snowsgiving
1:33 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

On A Thanksgiving Without Power, New Hampshire Residents Improvise

Contoocook resident Chris Saunders sent us this photo of improvised Thanksgiving cooked in his woodstove.
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With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes  without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.

Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."

Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."

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NH News
12:47 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Winter Storm Could Snarl Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Parts of southern New Hampshire are under a winter storm watch that could snarl Thanksgiving travel plans.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through Thanksgiving morning. Forecasters say a mixture of rain and snow will likely change to all snow.

The storm could significantly impact holiday travel and make driving dangerous at times.

Related: Click here for weather information

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All Things Considered
5:14 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Old Farmers Almanac Says More Cold - But Less Snow - For New Hampshire This Winter

Credit Brady Carlson, NHPR

“Blizzards, drought, hurricanes – be ready.” That taken directly from the cover of the new edition of the Old Farmers Almanac, produced in Dublin, New Hampshire and famous for its weather predictions.

Sarah Perrault is Senior Associate Editor of the almanac, and she joined us for a look at the 2015 edition.

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Breaking
3:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Outages, Flood Warnings Follow Severe Thunderstorms In New Hampshire

Updated 5:06 pm

Several thousand homes and businesses are without power following the severe thunderstorms that came through New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon.

Utilities reported some 6,500 outages as of 5pm Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to parts of New Hampshire, prompting concerns about flooding.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Sullivan, Carroll and Grafton counties, until about 8pm.

Environment
8:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Infographic: The Science Behind Summer Storms

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With warming weather comes stormy weather - but why is that? If it's been a while since elementary school science class, catch up on the phenomena of summer thunderstorms and hail with this primer.

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Word of Mouth
12:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

6.03.14: The Psychology Of Killers, Weathermen Get Serious, And Product Placement

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In a world filled with tough news, we’ve come to expect our weather updates to include a bit of comic relief. But is it time for them to sober up?  Today we’re challenging our expectations with the case against kooky weather-reporters. And, amid calls to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, we’ll hear a challenge to the notion that health-care professionals can weed out America’s killers. Plus, we take a look at the funniest and most culturally resonant examples of product placement from the last ten years.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.


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NH News
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Sunny Memorial Day, Warmer Summer On Horizon For N.H.

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After a series of showers kicked off the holiday weekend, Memorial Day itself should be beautiful across the Granite State--despite a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.  The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 70s in the North Country up to the 80s south of the Notches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis says so far, this Spring has been fairly typical for the area.  But if it seems like it’s been rainier than usual, you’re not imagining it.  Concord has seen nearly 3.25 inches of rainfall.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Granite Staters Relish Belated Springtime Weather

Despite muddy conditions, some Concord residents turned out to White Park to enjoy the mild weather.
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After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring. 

Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather.  Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park.  And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.  

“Well I’m determined!  It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle.  "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Polar Vortex Pushes Back Start Of Springtime Temps

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After a brief glimpse of springtime weather, the Granite State will once again feel the chill.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lucky Us: Winter Storm 'Redeveloped' Before Hitting N.H.

A view of the snow outside NHPR's studios.
Credit Brady Carlson, NHPR

Snow has been falling across New Hampshire again, the latest winter storm in a season that’s been full of them.

There’s a winter storm warning in effect for southern and eastern parts of the state, and a winter weather advisory for the rest of the state.

Many schools canceled classes again today; others planned early dismissals.

The heaviest snow has been falling Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the commute home. State Police said drivers should travel no faster than 45 miles per hour.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun February 16, 2014

N.H. Sees More Snow Than Usual This Winter

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A series of winter storms over the past couple of weeks have had Granite Staters alternating between hunkering down at home and digging out.  

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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Winter Storm Is On The Move In New Hampshire

Meteorologist Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Service tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the winter storm system is moving north through New Hampshire Thursday evening, with snow expected to wrap up during the day Friday.

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All Things Considered
5:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Sorry, N.H., This Winter Storm Not Likely To Veer Away From Us

The last winter storm we followed closely decided not to come through New Hampshire, and instead dropped heavy snow in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast.

But Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Services says we're not going to miss this one. "This is going to be a definite snow event," he says. "The heaviest snow will across central and especially into southern New Hampshire."

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NH News
4:53 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Winter Weather Causes Accidents In Southern N.H.

State and local police in New Hampshire are responding to dozens of minor accidents, especially in the southern part of the state, as falling snow has made roads hazardous.

A dispatcher at the State Police Troop B barracks in Bedford says police responded to 40 to 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was posted for southern and central New Hampshire until 9 p.m.

Police are urging people who are able to do so to put off travel until crews have a chance to clear the roads.

Word of Mouth
12:43 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Polar Vortices, Naming Winter Storms, And Other Meteorological Dilemmas

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The polar vortex?  Frost-quakes?  Winter Storm "Hercules"?  Winter weather forecasts have had a decidedly apocalyptic ring to them as of late. And yes, it did get pretty darn frigid last week... but how cold was the polar vortex compared to previous cold snaps?  We asked Jason Samenow, Weather Editor for the Washington Post to help us understand the sensationalism inherent in winter weather forecasting.

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Newscast
7:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cold Front To Hit N.H., "Flash Freeze" Tonight

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A blast of cold Arctic air is moving into the Granite State today.  It’s part of the same system that’s put the Midwest into a deep freeze. 

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All Things Considered
5:24 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Don't Want To Shovel Your Sidewalks? The N.H. Constitution May Have Your Back

The decision in State v. Jackman may bar the state from fining you if you refuse to shovel sidewalks, but it doesn't bar your neighbors from thinking ill of you when you leave snow all over the neighborhood.
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Plow trucks have been busy in New Hampshire today, cleaning up nearly a foot of snow that fell in the first winter storm of the year. Of course, plow trucks can’t clear everything – to remove snow from sidewalks, for example, cities have to rely on smaller plow vehicles, snowblowers, or snow shovels (along with a fair bit of strength and patience).

One thing that New Hampshire cities apparently can't turn to when it's time to clear sidewalks: residents. That’s because of a State Supreme Court ruling, State v. Jackman, more than a century ago.

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All Things Considered
4:45 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

After The Winter Storm, Extreme Cold - And Then Maybe Another Storm

Meteorologist Steve Lavoie of Hometown Forecast Services gives an update on the winter storm to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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NH News
8:17 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Another Winter Storm Hits New England

Heavy, wet snow began falling Sunday evening in parts of New Hampshire.
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Electric utilities continue to fix power outages across northern New England as a fast moving storm is expected to drop heavy, wet snow in parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

(Click here for N.H. power outage maps.)

More than 1,400 Vermonters remained without power Sunday. The Vermont Electric Cooperative says it expects to soon restore power to 700 more customers.

Central Maine Power reported about 600 customers without power Sunday evening and Bangor Hydro Electric reports 717 outages.

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NH News
4:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Northern N.H. Could Be In For Icy Weekend

The northern part of the state could be in for some icy weather this weekend.

Meteorologist Gary Best says the southern and central part of the state will likely only see rain with temperatures there above freezing.

“But the further north you go, especially from the Lakes Region up into the White Mountains, and the North Country itself, there will be some pockets of freezing rain and maybe some sleet mixed in at times this weekend.”

Best says the wet weather will be sporadic through Saturday and into Sunday, but doesn’t expect it to be a major icing situation.

NH News
7:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

N.H. Residents Cleaning Up After More Snow

New Hampshire residents are shoveling about 3 to 6 inches of new snow in some spots just a few days after the first big storm of the season hit.

Much of the snow fell during Tuesday afternoon and evening, with multiple spin-outs on the Everett Turnpike and Interstate 93. Highways were still slick Wednesday morning and speeds were lowered to 45 mph.

A water main break in Concord affected 26 homes Tuesday night, but it wasn't immediately known if it was weather-related. Service was restored Wednesday morning.

NH News
7:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Easy Trip For Monday Commuters Despite Weekend Storm

The season’s first major storm this weekend dumped snow across the state, with accumulations ranging from six inches to more than a foot.  But despite a tough weekend, it should be a relatively easy trip for Monday morning commuters. 

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