Fourth Of July Temperatures Pose Health Risk

Jul 4, 2018
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You're going to want to find a shady spot to watch this year's Fourth of July parade. This week's heat wave will continue with high temperatures and poor air quality through Thursday.

Spokesperson Emily Spencer of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services warns that the heat can cause serious health issues, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburns.

Live from the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway:

We travel to the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center to discuss the natural systems that create New England’s weather and climate.  We’ll learn about the research and innovative science education programs that take place each day at the Mount Washington observatory--and what it’s like to endure some of the most extreme weather on Earth. This show will tie in with a new short video shot, produced and edited by Brian Bechard.

Guests:  Sharon Schilling, President of the Mt. Washington Observatory

Tom Padham, Meteorologist, Education Specialist at the Mt. Washington Observatory and Night Observer

Eric Kelsey, Director of Research, Mt. Washington Observatory

Sandra Gilley / Maine Public

As the strong nor'easter storm moves in and causes problems in southern Maine, Maine's power companies say they've prepared for the storm, which is expected to bring high winds to the state over the next day.

In an email, Central Maine Power (CMP) spokeswoman Gail Rice says it has brought in about 100 additional crews from contractors in New Brunswick and Maine. She says so far crews have been able to deal with the issues that have come up.

Winterizing Your Home

Nov 29, 2017

With winter fast approaching, our panelists offer advice on getting your home ready for the cold months ahead. 

Guests:  Tux Turkel writes primarily about energy issues affecting Maine for the Portland Press Herald.

Richard Burbank, President & CEO of Evergreen Home Performance

Compared to last year Maine is in much better shape as far as water is concerned. While last July most of New England was experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought, State Geologist Robert Marvinney says almost all of New England is drought free.

There’s just a little bit of abnormally dry area on the southern coast of Maine,” Marvinney said. “Compared to last year at this time when all of New England and a lot of New York was experiencing abnormally dry, moderate to severe drought.”

Marlee Stowe, 8, of Auburn, Maine, braves the cold ocean water while playing at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where the temperature climbed into in the 90's, Thursday, May 18, 2017.
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PORTLAND, Maine - Temperature records have been shattered in parts of northern New England in the second day of summer-like weather.

The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, records at all four of its climate sites in Maine and New Hampshire were tied or broken as early as noon Thursday.

In Concord, New Hampshire, it hit 95 degrees by 4:30 p.m., breaking the previous record of 90 in 1906 and 1889 for May 18. It was 94 in Manchester, breaking the record of 93 in 1889.

A worker for the city's housing department clears snow from a sidewalk in downtown Auburn, Maine, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

A powerful winter storm has left more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the dark in Maine.


Parts of Maine are poised to get their first taste of snow this season.

The National Weather Service says the plummeting temperature will cause rain to turn to snow late Saturday and into Sunday in northwestern Maine. Meteorologist Chris Kimball says higher terrain could see 3 to 4 inches, while lower elevations will see only an inch or so of snow.

The rest of the state will see more rain after downpours Friday night into Saturday _ between 1 and 2.5 inches before it ends.

The rain is needed. The federal government says more than 1.2 million residents -nearly all of Maine's population -is dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions.

As Maine deals with the year's first big statewide winter storm, the Maine Department of Transportation is out on the roads.

PORTLAND, Maine — While Northern Maine had a number of snowstorms already this season, southern Maine and the rest of New England is preparing for its first round of winter weather. While parts of southern Maine saw only wet roads yesterday, much of the rest of Maine saw significant snowfall.

Winter Storm 2015

Jan 27, 2015

The latest on the first significant winter storm to hit Maine in 2015.

Guests:  Max Riseman, freelance meteorologist and Account Manager at Systems Engineering

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency director 

Gail Rice - spokesperson for Central Maine Power.  

Susan Falloun - Spokesperson for Emera Mainee - formerly Bangor Hydro 


Ted Talbot - Spokesperson for the Maine Dept of Transportation

Advances in weather forecasting technology and we'll hear from the author of 'Superstorm - Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.'

Guests:  Kathryn Miles, author of 'Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.'

Lou McNally, meteorologist.

Charlie Lepresti, CBS 13 Chief Meteorologist.

  Pete Slovinsky, Coastal geologist with the Maine Geological Survey.

CONCORD, N.H. — Forget about fall: Winter is coming to much of western Maine and a good part of northern and central New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service has put out a freeze warning for late Thursday night into Friday morning, saying parts of both states can expect low temperatures to drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s.

Uncovered plants should be brought indoors, if possible.

Temperatures will only get into the 50s Friday.

Severe thunderstorms which swept through Southern Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday sent two women to the hospital, felled trees and started fires.

James Brown with the National Weather Service in Gray says although rare, people are struck by lightning, and sometimes killed, every summer. This year, he says, seems to be an especially active year for severe storms.

Tropical Storm Brings Heavy Weather

Jul 5, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The National Weather Service says central and southeast New Hampshire and southern Maine are under a flash flood watch and heavy bands of rain are expected in both states from Hurricane Arthur.