SkyWarn Training THIS WEEK In Greenfield

April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by under Community, Weather

It’s the season for severe weather! That’s why we need your help in spotting severe storms. The National Weather Service SkyWarn program is a network of trained storm spotters. This is a very important part of the severe weather tracking process.
If you’re interested in becoming a SkyWarn Spotter, you must attend a SkyWarn training session. These sessions are educational, entertaining and at times, very funny! There are two opportunities to attend SkyWarn training this year in western Massachusetts. The first is on May 1st in Greenfield, at the Greenfield Transportation Center. The second is on May 9th at the Heath Community Center. CLICK HERE for detailed information on the SkyWarn training dates, times & locations.

Toys For Tots Returns Monday November 26

November 22nd, 2012 at 7:36 pm by under Community, Weather

If you’re going to be shopping this weekend, don’t forget TOYS FOR TOTS!  The annual 22News, US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots drive begins Monday November 26.  We are in need of NEW UNWRAPPED Toys.  You can drop them off on our 22News lobby Monday-Friday 9:00am-7pm. 

We are located just off Exit 3 of I-391,  at 1 Broadcast Center in Chicopee. Keep in mind that these toys will stay in western Massachusetts.  So, the time and money you invest in a new unwrapped toy, will help a family right here in western Massachusetts.  I’ll see you in the lobby!!!

Don’t Forget To Fall Back!

October 30th, 2012 at 9:12 pm by under Community, News, Weather

So, I was wasting some time on Facebook earlier today, when an old radio friend of mine reminded me that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend!  With all of the Sandy stuff happening, I totally forgot!

We set our clocks back one hour this Sunday at 2am.  That gives you an extra hour of sleep (or an extra hour of Saturday night fun!).  It takes away an hour of daylight Sunday afternoon.  Sunset on Sunday afternoon will be 4:40pm EST.   This is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!

We’ll be reminding you all week!

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!

See The Space Station Tonight

August 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm by under Community, News, Weather

The International Space Station will be visible tonight.

At 9:02, look to the southwest. The station will cross from the southwest to the east-northeast. The ISS will be visible for 6 minutes.

At 10:39, the ISS will enter our view from the west and move to the northeast.  It will be visible for 4 minutes. 

The station is visible to the naked eye.  You’ll see a steadily (and fairly quickly) moving light in the sky.  You’ll know it when you see it!

I expect we will be clear enough for most of us to see the ISS.  Click here for more ISS tracking information!

Check Out The Fish Lift This Weekend

June 6th, 2012 at 10:05 pm by under Community, Weather

If you haven’t been to the Barrett Fishway at the Holyoke Dam, make some time to visit this week or next week. 

First of all it’s free! 

This is fish get comfortable lifted over the Holyoke Dam on their way to spawn farther up on the Connecticut River.  A great observation deck gives you a great view of the fish being lifted & the fish jumping upstream in the river. The deck also gives you a close up view of all the water flowing over the damn.  It’s pretty cool.  After the fish are lifted up to the top of the damn, you can observe them start their swim upstream.  Shad, Salmon, Lamprey, Herring , Bass are all visible through the gallery windows. 

Along the way there are some great explanations about how Holyoke Gas & Electric generates power at the Holyoke Dam.  It’s a very cool way to spend 30 min – 1 hour.  Did I mention it’s free???  Enjoy it, and tell them the 22News Storm Team sent you!!!