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KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

A weather eye

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East Meadows of Northampton. A solitary sandpiper and eight least sandpipers were reported at Paradise Pond … 0

Lightning strikes

Friday, July 25, 2014

Caption: Lightning strike west of Hatfield storm of 8 p.m., through a west window on Elm St., 7/23/2014 Your name: Matt Levin Your phone: 247-3368 … 0

Vermont Yankee closing’s economic impact on region assessed

Friday, July 4, 2014

It has been 17 years since University of Massachusetts economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont … 0

Arthur threatens 4th plans along East Coast

Thursday, July 3, 2014

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from … 0

Manatees might lose their endangered status

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The manatee’s 47-year run as an endangered species may soon come to an end, as the federal government assesses whether the tubby marine mammal can look forward to a brighter future. The U.S. Fish … 0

Severe weather causes power outages Wednesday, while threat of more storms prompt concern about July 4 festivities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Severe weather including heavy rain, lightning and wind moved through the Pioneer Valley late Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power for thousands of customers, bringing down tree limbs, and prompting the National Weather Service to issue severe thunderstorm and … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows … 0

Lightning strikes near Vt. firefighters

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) — Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford. According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire Wednesday afternoon when … 0

Storm spurs evacuation order for Outer Banks

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As one of the year’s busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along … 0

Study: Ocean’s plastic garbage disappearing

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plastic seems to be disappearing from the world’s oceans, and scientists are not sure why. Exposure to waves and radiation from the sun can cause plastics to break down into micro-fragments, but scientists say those fragments are stable and durable enough to last for hundreds of thousands of … 0

Half-century later, ‘Kennedy Compromise’ yields Lake Michigan erosion

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHICAGO — The flow of sand on the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan is out of balance, creating serious erosion in some places and too much sand in others, experts say. After decades of treating the problem at … 0

Rare donkey born in state

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

STERLING — A rare Poitou donkey has been born in Massachusetts. The male donkey was born Saturday at Davis Farmland, a petting zoo, spray park and animal sanctuary in the central Massachusetts town of Sterling. Co-owner Larry Davis … 0