November Spring Fling

November 15th, 2011 at 11:04 am by under WTNH Blogs

WOW…as I write this blog during mid November, temperatures are in the 60s for most of Connecticut. Certainly well above where we should see afternoon high temperatures for the date. Here are the stats for temperatures today (Nov. 15th):

Shoreline: Normal Maximum Temperature: 53  Record High Temperature: 78 in 1993

Inland: Normal Maximum Temperature: 52 Record High Temperature: 78 in 1993

Not many complaints coming is as the mild pattern continues. I was looking around for some home heating oil prices and found a site that has some average numbers. According to THIS SITE , the price of home heating oil is around one dollar higher per gallon this year over 2010.

Of course some folks use propane and others have electric heat. Others have relied on burning firewood in stoves and now wood pellet stoves seem to be gaining popularity too. One of my friends send me a video of one advanced wood pellet heating system that uses an actual wood pellet furnace. Here is the video:

How do you heat your home? We may be saving today….but colder weather will be here before you know it. What do you think heats your home most efficiently? Please post a comment! -Gil 

Marine Corps Birthday-I’m Proud

November 10th, 2011 at 10:02 am by under News, Weather, WTNH Blogs

November 10th has a special meaning to the few, the proud….the Marines. It is the birthday of the US Marine Corps founded back on November 10th 1775. This year marks the 236th Birthday. I am proud to be a part of this honorable group of men and women.

I signed up during my senior year of high school when I was 17 years old. I left for boot camp on October 29th, 1990 and arrived at Parris Island, SC. for a very tough 13 weeks of training! My platoon number was 2010 and I will never forget that number.


Private Simmons 1991

PVT Simmons USMC Graduation 1991 Parris Island, SC.

I became a Meteorologist/Oceanographer during my six years on active duty. I attended multiple schools all over the country to learn how weather impacts aviation, weapon systems, infantry and amphibious landings. It is much more extensive than saying “Partly cloudy with a chance of showers” hahahaha! Much more precision is involved with military operations.

I worked as a Marine Meteorologist/Oceanographer all over the world. One of my favorite deployments took me across the North Atlantic on the USS Nassau LHA4 where we hit 40′ waves and ended up in the Mountains of Northern Norway. I deployed to Panama, The Caribbean, England and the Eastern Pacific during my six years of service. I was stationed at Camp Lejeune NC., MCAS Cherry Point NC, Chanute Air Force Base, Il., and MCAS Yuma, AZ.

So, with that…Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to all Marines out there…..NEVER forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice.


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The “S” storm has formed

November 8th, 2011 at 12:16 pm by under Weather, WTNH Blogs

The tropical weather season rolls on. Remember, the Atlantic Basin tropical weather season starts June first and goes through the last day of November. Click here for the storm names.

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently formed Subtropical Storm Sean. Here is the midday update:

Sean Forecast

Storm Forecast

There will be a weather front approaching Connecticut at the same time Sean moves North. This will help to keep the strongest part of Sean to our East. The Cape and Islands could get some strong winds and very rough weather late Thursday – Friday Morning. Connecticut will likely get wind as it passes by Friday with a few gusts to 35 mph out of the Northwest.

Oh and why is it called Subtropical? It has slightly different characteristics than a typical Tropical Storm. It has colder temperatures above the center higher up in the atmosphere and Subtropical Storms tend to have a wider area of wind further out from the center of circulation. Stay with NEWS8 and for the latest as we track Sean! -Gil

Another Storm To Watch

November 7th, 2011 at 10:26 am by under Weather, WTNH Blogs

The National Hurricane Center has eyes to the Western Atlantic today and they are not alone!

I am watching a pretty defined area of low pressure located East of Florida and Southwest of Bermuda today (Monday). It is sitting over relatively warm water and could take on tropical characteristics through the next 24 hours.

Here is what is looks like from space:

Current Satellite View

Latest View Of Clouds

A weather front will be approaching Connecticut on Thursday as this ocean storm begins to move North. Stay tuned as we track this interesting feature. As we know, our residents are still recovering from so much devastating weather. Let’s watch this storm closely. Updated computer runs will give us a better idea on the potential impact as we go through midweek!