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3:35 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age

A wobbling of the Earth on its axis about 20,000 years ago may have kicked off a beginning to the end of the last ice age. Glaciers in the Arctic and Greenland began to melt, which resulted in a warming of the Earth, a new study says. Above, Greenland's Russell Glacier, seen in 1990.
Veronique Durruty Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 9:25 am

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.

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Science
4:58 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Tornado Tech: What If Dorothy Had A Smartphone?

This May 3, 1999, funnel became the F-5 storm that damaged thousands of buildings in central Okahoma. University of Oklahoma storm chasers and observers are anticipating the annual tornado season as it approaches the central part of the country.
J. Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 1:44 pm

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.

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NH News
7:06 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Heavy Snow Causing Hazardous Roads

Snow outside NHPR studios

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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All Things Considered
5:57 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mild New Hampshire Winter Likely to Stay Mild

Don't expect a lot of picturesque winter landscapes this time around. Forecasters say New Hampshire's winter is going to stay mild without much snowfall.
numbphoto - new for 2012 via Flickr/CC Flickr Creative Commons

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. 

NH News
5:55 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Manchester Coping With Major Outages

Manchester shelter
Jon Lynch NHPR

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.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State's Largest Utility Works To Restore Power

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.

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NH News
12:56 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State Wants More FEMA Aid After Snow Storm

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.

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NH News
6:16 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Power Restoration Off to Slow Start

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.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Storm Power Outage Numbers Rise

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.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Emergency Officials Urge People Without Power to Seek Shelter

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.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Shelters Now Open Across New Hampshire

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

NH News
7:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Snow Knocks Out Power For Thousands

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.

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Tropical Storm Irene
12:00 am
Mon September 26, 2011

First Tropical Storm Irene; Next, the Building Code

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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Tropical Storm Irene
12:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

A Week After Irene; Conway Residents Still Cleaning Up

Conway Resident Dana Ferren inside his destroyed trailer
Erik Eisele, NHPR

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.

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Tropical Storm Irene
12:00 am
Thu September 1, 2011

For Upper Valley Flood Victims, a Long Road Ahead

West Hartford VT Home Destroyed By Tropical Storm Irene
Elaine Grant, NHPR

In White River Junction, a melange of fascinating businesses face challenges recovering from Irene...but not nearly so great as the obstacles facing residents of West Hartford, many of whom lost their homes to the raging White River.

Just over the border from New Hampshire in Vermont, the Upper Valley town of Hartford was ravaged by flash floods from Hurricane Irene.

Business owners and residents in the villages of White River Junction and West Hartford who have lost everything are doing what they can to dig out from the mud and debris.

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