August, 2012

A Special Blue Moon Friday Night

August 31st, 2012 at 5:42 pm by under News, Weather

Make sure you take some time tonight to check out the “blue moon”!  A blue moon is the second full moon in one month.   Our first August full moon (the full Sturgeon moon) was on August 1st! 

Serendipitously, this blue moon falls on the day of memorial services for Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. 

Our next month with a blue moon is July 2015!

3 Mass. speakers at Democratic National Convention

August 31st, 2012 at 8:28 am by under Politics

Massachusetts will be well represented at the speaker’s podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who is a good friend of President Obama, is on the  list, along with Sen. John Kerry and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday, September 3rd, which is Labor Day, with CarolinaFest, a free festival that will highlight the city and host state. 

The Convention sessions get underway on Tuesday, September 4th.

The Democratic National Convention culminates on Thursday, September 6, when President Obama will accept his party’s Presidential nomination at Bank of America Stadium.



Paralympics Start In London!

August 29th, 2012 at 11:48 pm by under Community, Entertainment, Sports

I know this is not weather related, but please indulge me!  The 2012 Paralympics began tonight with the opening ceremonies in London.  If you get a chance, check out the competition on Paralympics TV.  Speaking of Paralympics TV, western Massachusetts native & paralympic champion, Chris Wadell  was hosting Wednesday night’s TV coverage of the opening ceremonies.  Very cool!

Tuesday Morning Rain Totals

August 28th, 2012 at 8:42 pm by under Weather

Here are some town by town totals from Tuesday’s flooding rain.

Tuesday Morning Rainfall Reports:

*West Springfield, Mass: 1.17″
*East Longmeadow, Mass: 1.88″
*Palmer, Mass: 1.49″
*Chicopee/Springfield: 1.09″
*Westfield: 1.28″
*Northampton: 0.75″
*Greenfield: 0.43″
*Pittsfield: 0.55″
*North Adams: 0.39″
*Alford: 0.75″

Thanks to you for sending us your reports via  and to our own Nick Bannin for assembling the data!

Your rain gauge will have cobwebs in it by the end of the week.  We don’t have any rain in our 22News Storm Team Forecast through Sunday!

Mass. delegates hear from Romney’s son at Convention

August 28th, 2012 at 7:47 am by under Politics


Massachusetts delegates at the Republican National Convention inTampa, on Monday,  heard from a group of speakers at the delegation’s  breakfast.

Speaking at the breakfast, were former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey who is the chair of the  state delegation,  Craig Romney, who Mitt Romney’s  youngest son and Beth Myers,  a top Romney advisor, who headed the vice presidential search committee.

The delegation breakfasts generally serve as a rally-the-troops effort.

Four years ago at the GOP Convention in  Minneapolis-St. Paul,   Mitt Romney  spoke  at one of the Massachusetts delegation breakfasts, after dropping out of the Presidential race earlier in 2008. 

Now four years later, he’s the party’s presidential nominee.


James Taylor will perform at Democratic National Convention

August 24th, 2012 at 11:24 am by under Politics

Singer songwriter James Taylor who lives here in Massachusetts will perform during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Taylor, a five-time Grammy award winner and Rock and Role Hall of Fame inductee, will perform during the festivities leading up to President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, September 5.

Taylor has been a long-time supporter of the President. Just last month, Taylor appeared at a fundraiser for the President at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, with Michelle Obama.

Taylor’s selection to perform at the Convention should go over well in North Carolina.  Who can forget Taylor’s iconic “Carolina in my Mind.”  Many people in North Carolina view the song as the state’s unofficial anthem.

It will be a homecoming for Taylor, who grew up in North Carolina.

Taylor’s also known for his annual summer performances at Tanglewood in Lenox.

GOP Convention in Tampa next week

August 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm by under Politics

The Republicans are going first. 

The Republican National Convention is just about ready to roll. It begins next Monday, August 27th in Tampa, and will run thru Thursday, August 30th.

The delegates, 2,286 of them and 2,125 alternates will nominate Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President.

Each evening, the delegates will attend the formal Convention session that features a lineup of speakers.

The Convention is being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Social media will definitely be playing a bigger role too than it did at the 2008 Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

This year the GOP is promoting its “Convention Without Walls”, a Facebook app that will allow users to follow the Convention proceedings from anywhere.

The Convention sessions will also be live streamed on YouTube.

You’ll also be able to follow the Convention on other popular social media sites like Twitter.  

For everything you want to know about the Republican National Convention, here’s the link for their website:

The Republican National Convention will be followed by the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.


Millstone In Hot Water

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:39 am by under Weather

We covered this story on 22News last week, but I think it’s worth mentioning again.  Last week, the water in a portion of Long Island sound that the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut uses for cooling, warmed to over 75 degrees.  That temperature is too high ( according to it’s licensing regulations) to cool one of Millstone’s nuclear reactors.  So, the reactor shut down.  Another article from the Hartford Courant on this story reports that the average temperature of the  waters around the power plant have risen .67 degrees per decade since 1976.  That’s pretty significnat.   Another article from National Geographic reports on how drought and warm water are affecting the operations of other power stations across the country. 

All of this is concerning because it’s an example of how our changing climate can have a direct impact on our infrastructure and economy.  Less water for cooling could eventually mean less power for all of us.  This is a trend worth tracking.

Remembering Hurricane Bob 21 years ago

August 19th, 2012 at 10:05 pm by under Weather

It was 21 years ago today that Hurricane Bob made landfall over southern New England.

Hurricane Bob developed in the central Bahamas on August 16th, 1991 and reached hurricane strength on August 17th. Bob continued to strengthen and accelerated north-northeastward, moving up along the East Coast.

On August 19th the eye of  Hurricane Bob passed over Block Island, Rhode Island at around 1:30 p.m.  then Bob made landfall over Newport, Rhode Island shortly before 2 p.m.

Extensive beach erosion occurred along the shore from Westerly, Rhode Island eastward. Some south facing beach locations on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island lost up to 50 feet of beach to erosion.

The heaviest rainfall of over 7 inches fell in western Rhode Island and extreme eastern Connecticut.

Bob was responsible for six deaths in Connecticut and caused around $680 million dollars in damage in southern New England.

I remember Bob very well because it hit just days before I was to start college up in Vermont at Lyndon State . I also remember watching several birch trees fall in my back yard from all the heavy rain and wind it brought.

NJ Gov. Christie will give keynote address at GOP Convention.

August 14th, 2012 at 8:05 am by under Politics

 It’s a coveted spot to give the keynote address at the National Convention.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will have that honor at the Republican National Convention that will be held in Tampa, August 27-30.

The spot often goes to some with presidential ambitions. Christie considered running for President this year but decided not to get into the race. Christie was also believed to be on Mitt Romney’s short list of candidates for the Vice Presidential nomination.

And Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has been announced as the person who will introduce Mitt Romney, the night he accepts his party’s nomination for President.

Giving the keynote address at a national party convention can catapult the speaker into the spotlight.

In 2004, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was the keynoter at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Four years later in 2008, he was the party nominee and went on to win the White House.