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N.H. Sees More Snow Than Usual This Winter

Feb 16, 2014
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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.  

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.

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."

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.

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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.

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

Jan 6, 2014
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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Easy Trip For Monday Commuters Despite Weekend Storm

Dec 16, 2013

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. 

A wintry mix of weather during the Monday morning commute has led to slow going on state highways and about two dozen school delays.

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Some parts of New Hampshire could see hairy travel conditions beginning Tuesday evening.  Depending on where you're going, meteorologist Gary Best encourages travelers to head out later on Wednesday.

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  Meteorologists have been keeping an eye on a storm system that looks like it could bring a nor’easter to the area—just in time for Thanksgiving travel.  

Floods On The Rise

Sep 23, 2013
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It’s a national trend: torrential rain that wipes away roads, homes, and lives. New Hampshire has also seen an increase in these storms, including this summer, resulting in a disaster declaration by the President. Officials, meanwhile, have been working to not only fix the damage from these storms but rebuild in ways that can better withstand the next one.

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The 90 degree temperatures this week might not exactly suggest the coming arrival of fall, but here’s something that does: the new edition of Old Farmers Almanac is here. Senior Associate Editor Sarah Perreault gives All Things Considered host Brady Carlson a preview of the new edition.

The strong storms that moved through New Hampshire sent lightning strikes that sparked some fires and possibly injured some people.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports Londonderry crews were called to Comcast on Thursday after the building was struck by lightning. An employee complained of feeling light-headed and tingling sensations consistent with electrical shock. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Old Farmer's Almanac: This Winter Will Be Cold And Snowy

Sep 10, 2013
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The rest of the jury is back in: A second periodical used for everything from predicting the weather to helping people lose weight agrees that this winter's shaping up to be cold and snowy.

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Dan Colgan gave us an update on today's space weather.

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As we learned from Joe Hanson, space weather can be an amazing thing. As receiving real-time space weather forecasts is becoming more of a reality, it would be good to familiarize yourself with some of the weather events you can expect to see. We’ve compiled a list to test your space weather knowledge. All of these events sound fantastic and have been the fodder for many a Sci-Fi plot, but do you know which one of these 4 space weather events isn’t real?

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It’s summer storm season, and before heading out of the house it’s not a bad idea to take a quick glance at your local Doppler Radar to avoid getting caught in a downpour.  The breadth and scope of weather forecasting has advanced rapidly in the past few decades – now, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service is partnering with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to begin providing forecasts of space weather in near real-time. We wanted to get a better idea of what a space forecast might sound like, so we called Joe Hanson - host and writer of the PBS digital studio’s It’s Okay To Be Smart.

The Company Of Cuckoos

Jul 26, 2013
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Elusive, secretive birds often are the most satisfying to discover, and for me the black-billed cuckoo ranks near the top. Hearing a bird is usually the best way to find it, but attentive ears are needed to detect this cuckoo's song: a subtle, slow and hollow-sounding "cucucu – cucucucu." The song in no way resembles the bold double notes of a cuckoo clock that mimic the song of the common cuckoo, a species that nests across Europe and Asia.

Heatwave Relief Could Last Into Mid-Week

Jul 21, 2013

The state should see some relief today thanks to a cold front set to move in last night from Ontario and Quebec.  National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Cempa says the most recent heat wave was caused by something called a ‘Bermuda High.’ That’s when a high pressure system parks along the western Atlantic.

It’s been an unusual weather week in New Hampshire. It started with heavy rains that brought flash flooding to some parts of the state. Those floods washed out roads and led to evacuations and power outages.

And then, a heat wave, with temperatures reaching well into the 90’s for many parts of the state.

Meteorologist Rob St. Pierre explains the recent weather to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson, and looks ahead at the weather to come.

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Computers have long been outperforming humans in complex tasks, including predicting the weather. Weather junkies are accustomed to telegenic meteorologists making predictions in front of dynamic maps. Where they get their data is stirring up a little storm system in the field. Producer Jon Lynch has the story.

Most New Hampshire utilities are reporting snow related outages.  As of last check, PSNH had the most outages, at around 1,800.  Nearly 450 of those were in Canterbury, while Hooksett got hit with more than 400 outages.  In Deerfield, 190 customers are reportedly without power. 

Snowstorm: Who's Reporting Power Outages?

Feb 24, 2013

Today's snowstorm is set to drop two to four inches across most of the state by tonight.  The Seacoast could see up to six inches.  While it's a slower-moving storm than Nemo two weeks ago, numerous power outages have been reported.  By 12:25 pm, these are the communities that have been impacted most.

PSNH: 2,747

Seacoast Set To Get The Most Snow Today

Feb 24, 2013

Current weather forecasts estimate anywhere from two to four inches of snowfall over much of the state by this evening.  Unlike the blizzard two weeks ago, this storm is moving slowly, dropping wet, heavy snow across parts of New Hampshire.  Meteorologist Alex Graves says changing temperatures today will also affect accumulation.

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New Hampshire is experiencing its first big snowstorm of the year, and so far there haven’t been many major problems.

However, speed limits have been reduced to 45 on the state’s major highways, and some flights are delayed at the Manchester airport.

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