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.


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.

Governor Lynch being briefed at Bedford's emergency operation center
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Governor John Lynch toured the damage to New Hampshire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the governor arrived at the Bedford Operations Center late Tuesday afternoon, he learned that most of the damage in the area had already been cleaned up.

Bedford's municipal buildings and traffic lights were spared any serious damage, though around 2,000 PSNH customers are still without power. Crews from as far as Texas are helping restore service there.

Lynch praised the efforts of the emergency responders and cited the use of new media in getting the word out about the storm:

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In the lead up to last night’s powerful landfall in Southern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy was branded as a so-called “franken-storm”, lacking precedent among meteorological records…  here to explain more, and look back at some of history’s strangest and most destructive storms is Christopher Burt.  He’s a weather historian with the online service Weather Underground, and author of th

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The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome.  So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.

You don’t need us to tell you this, but it’s hot today in New Hampshire. Temperatures have been reaching into the 90’s where they were in the 70’s earlier in the week. There have been heat advisories and a number of New Hampshire towns have opened up cooling centers.

Severe Storm Warnings in N.H.

May 29, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorm warnings for much of New Hampshire will remain in effect at least until 10 p.m.

The weather service reported hail the size of a quarter rained down on Alstead and area communities. The fast-moving storm is spreading from northeast from Cheshire County and western Merrimack County. There was a brief tornado watch just north of Keene, but that expired at 4:15 p.m.

Trout Stocking Feels Spring Heat

Apr 20, 2012

A fishing license in New Hampshire goes for $35. That money helps fund the State’s six fish hatcheries, where the vast majority of trout that anglers reel in are raised. 

Dangerously strong storms and tornadoes are possible Saturday and into Sunday from north central Texas up through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa and as far east as Wisconsin, the National Weather Services's Storm Prediction Center is warning.

A powerful, 8.6-magnitude earthquake and an 8.2-magnitude aftershock off the west coast of Northern Sumatra today led authorities to warn that potentially devastating tsunamis might roar across the Indian Ocean.

But to the relief of millions who were immediately reminded of the devastating tsunami that rolled across that ocean in 2004, the waves generated by today's temblors were minor and the tsunami "watch" was canceled just before 9 a.m. ET.

The other welcome news: Initial reports indicated that damage from the quakes themselves may not have been extensive.

The last big ice age ended about 11,000 years ago, and not a moment too soon — it made a lot more of the world livable, at least for humans.

But exactly what caused the big thaw isn't clear, and new research suggests that a wobble in the Earth kicked off a complicated process that changed the whole planet.

Ice tells the history of the Earth's climate: Air bubbles in ice reveal what the atmosphere was like and what the temperature was. And scientists can read this ice, even if it's been buried for thousands of years.

For many, the only way they learn a tornado is approaching are sirens. In the spring and summer, tornado sirens go off a lot more when twisters roar across Alabama, which has been hit by 900 since 2000, accounting for a quarter of all U.S. tornado deaths.

"I am still surprised that so many people rely on just one source of getting warned, and that has to change," said Jim Stefkovich, meteorologist in charge of the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service.

Heavy Snow Causing Hazardous Roads

Mar 1, 2012

After a mild winter with little snow, New Hampshire is being hit with a late-season storm.

The National Weather Service says up to a foot of snow is expected in some areas by this evening.    

There are more than 200 closings, although most schools are closed due to winter break.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation says drivers should take extra precautions.

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The 21st of February means there's just one month left of winter, or what passes for winter these days.

Meteorologist Gary Best tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what this winter has and hasn’t brought us. 

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Nearly two days after an unseasonable snow storm, much of the Queen City remains without power.

PSNH estimates that around 31,000 of its customers in Manchester still don’t have electricity.

The difficulty in getting back power to the city comes from the fact that repair crews must work block by block to remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from the power lines.

City officials established a shelter at Memorial High School for those that were worst hit by the storm.

Public Service of New Hampshire is ramping up their efforts to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes.

PSNH’s President Gary Long says that the storm knocked out more major power lines than any storm in the utility’s history.

Over the past two days crews have restored most of these lines, and now expect that power restoration to individual homes will accelerate.

Long: This snowstorm did more damage for this kind of event than we’ve ever seen by some reports in 140 years.

For the third time this year, Governor Lynch is seeking federal money to help pick up the pieces after a major storm.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports.

In a press conference today, the governor made an announcement that is almost starting to become routine.

LYNCH: I am in the process of preparing a request for a federal emergency declaration, and we expect that request to be submitted today.

Public Service of New Hampshire is making modest progress as crews try to restore power to hundreds of thousands. It may take days before everyone has the lights back on. 

The heavy, wet snow and foliage in the trees is why so many homes and business are without power.

PSNH has crews fanned out across the state, including teams from Hydro Quebec and independent contractors.

Company spokesperson Martin Murray says it’s difficult to get as much help as PSNH would like.

Power outages have continued to climb as the day has gone on. But emergency officials believe the worst is probably over.

At its peak, utilities reported 315,000 customers had lost service.

That’s approaching the 2008 Ice Storm record of 420,000.

PSNH has said some customers won’t have power restored for a week.

But Department of Safety spokesperson Jim Van Dongen says he expects many homes and business should have the lights back in a few days.

More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night’s storm has wreaked havoc on the state’s power system.

Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.

PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.

Company spokesperson Mike Skelton says Manchester and Nashua have been hit the hardest.

Shelters Now Open Across New Hampshire

Oct 30, 2011

The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security announces that the American Red Cross has opened five regional shelters in the state.

Londonderry: Londerrry High School, 293 Mammoth Road

Manchester: Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Opens 5pm Sunday

Nashua: Nashua High School North, 10 Chuck Drudging Drive

Newton: NewtonTown Hall, 2 Town Hall Road

Rochester: Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street.

Hooksett: Cawley Middle School, 89 White Hall Road, Opens 6pm Sunday

Newmarket: Newmarket Community Center, 2 Terrace Drive

More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night’s storm has wreaked havoc on the state’s power system.

Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.

PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.

Company spokesperson Mike Skelton says Manchester and Nashua have been hit the hardest.

First Tropical Storm Irene; Next, the Building Code

Sep 26, 2011
Erik Eisele, NHPR

It’s been almost a month since Tropical Storm Irene caused major floods around New Hampshire.

For most of the state the storm is a memory and life has returned to normal.

For one neighborhood in Conway, however, the storm was just the beginning.

Transvale Acres is a hardhat zone.

SFX: Hammer pounding

The Conway neighborhood was hit hard when the Saco River flooded.

The water knocked houses off foundations, crested over cars and left people homeless.

But the construction sounds aren’t just from people rebuilding.

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By Erik Eisele


It’s been over a week since tropical storm Irene flooded parts of the White Mountains, washing out bridges and roads.

The flooding damaged millions of dollars of infrastructure, but in some places it was more than highways that suffered.

When Irene swept through northern New Hampshire it dumped more than six inches of rain in some places.

People found themselves stranded, either unable to leave their homes or unable to get back to them.

Some found they had nothing to come home to.