2011 is now the wettest year on record in Hartford. Climatologists at UMass Amherst say the storm that pushed through the region early this week brought total precipitation for the year to more than 66 inches – the previous record had been just over 65 inches. Michael Rawlins, manager of the UMass Climate System Research Center, says Hartford and other northeast areas saw exceptionally large volumes of precipitaiton in August and september, when tropical systems Irene and Lee came through.
The region was caught by surprise by the late october snowstorm, but now with snow expected at its more usual time of year, police are warning drivers to take it slow on the roads and health professionals are saying the same about… shoveling your walk.
Electric companies make a good deal of money selling and delivering electricity to consumers. Typically, the more kilowatt hours they sell, the more revenues they make. But now a new effort to reduce the utilities' incentive to sell ever more power – while still providing them a profit – is showing some promise in Western Massachusetts.