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Technical Discussion: A winning weekend ahead with (mostly!) dry conditions..THE WEEKEND… It's the last day of July and it's going to be an absolutely perfect day to get outdoors! But this morning, we are starting out cool and even a little bit chilly-- temps are in the 50s- low 60s (even 40s in some northern locations) and dewpoints are dry in the 40s and 50s. It's light jacket weather.. but we will warm up nicely through the day into the upper 70s. High pressure to the west of us will continue to keep us nice and dry through today! We have a clear evening on tap with a little bit of cloud cover and lows will be slightly up in the mid-50s. Tomorrow morning will be partly sunny and nice! We have another cold front expected to move through New England later in the day and that could bring some scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. The SPC is not expecting any of those storms to be strong to severe. High temperatures will be up a couple degrees in the low 80s inland and the upper 70s along the shore. The last time we had a dry, sunny weekend (Saturday & Sunday) was over the first weekend of June (the 5th and 6th). NEXT WEEK… Some showers from that system may linger into Monday morning, but we stay dry for Monday and are expecting partial sunshine and a nice day with highs in the low 80s! Temperatures remain slightly below average near 80 degrees on Tuesday with more sunshine. Our normal high temperature around this time of year is 85 degrees. Wednesday and Thursday we warm up to seasonal temps in the mid 80s but unsettled weather returns as we head towards the end of next week! On Friday, there is another chance of showers in the afternoon. Lorin Richardson ---------------------------------------- JULY RAIN… At Bradley Airport (where the official records are maintained for the Hartford Area), there has been measurable rainfall on 19 of the 30 days this month. The total, to date, stands at 10.15” …making July of 2021 the 3rd wettest July on record (and records date back to 1905). July 1938 was the wettest July on record with 11.24” of rain. July 2009 is in second place with 11.17” of rain. With no more rain in the forecast between now and midnight Saturday night, the total rainfall for this July will remain 10.15”. 90-DEGREE TALLY… Through today, July 30th, there have been 16 days this year with a high of at least 90 degrees. There were 2 days in May, 9 days in June, and 5 days this July. Through the 30th of July last year, there were 25 days with a high of at least 90 degrees. That total increased to a record 39 days before the summer came to an end! “Copyright 2021 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved”
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Ct. Congressional Candidate diagnosed COVID-19 after being vaccinatedCONNECTICUT. (WFSB) - A Congressional Candidate and an army veteran, Anthony Adelino DiLizia-Stonington, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 30. DiLizia-Stonington had gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in April. He is just one instance of breakthrough infections. DiLizia-Stoningto said that he had 35 people at a campaign event, but doctors told him that only people he has been near in the last couple of days need to self monitor. "It worries me even though I know the chances for complications are low, it’s still something you think about," DiLizia-Stoningto said. He continued, stating more people need to get vaccinated. "Any vaccine that we’ve ever implemented in our history, results in less cases and eventually the disease goes away altogether. Although you may be the exception, I’m not sitting here thinking, ‘well, it’s a waste I got the vaccine.’ That very well could be the reason I made it this long."
2 Green Line Trains Collide In Boston; 23 People Taken To HospitalBOSTON (CBS) – Several people are being treated for injuries after a collision involving two Green Line trains in Boston. The crash happened on the B Branch near Boston University’s Agganis Arena. EMS workers from Boston and Brookline have transported 23 people who were injured in the crash. None of the injuries are life threatening, according to Boston Fire. BREAKING: Apparent green line collision between two trains right around Boston University along the beeline. A bunch of people are here getting treated for injuries. We see some neck braces and ice patches. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WBZ?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WBZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/iip3GmbTf6">pic.twitter.com/iip3GmbTf6</a>&mdash; Kristina Rex (@KristinaRex) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristinaRex/status/1421237548647604225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 30, 2021</a> It is unclear what caused the crash. “It was definitely scary,” witness JC told WBZ. “I heard a big boom, and that’s what made my heart drop.” JC, who was sitting in a car when the crash happened, said passengers appeared to have neck and head injuries. “So there was a woman that was coming off the train, and she had a lot of blood coming down her face,” JC said. “I had napkins, so I gave her some napkins and stuff like that.” The MBTA said shuttle buses are replacing B Branch trains between Kenmore and Washington Street.
A week's worth of 'Bright Spots'We're taking a look back at this week's 'Bright Spots.' This segment is sponsored by Connecticut Lighting Centers.
North Haven bakery serves a special purposeNORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- A North Haven bakery isn't just serving up sweets, it’s also providing opportunities for adults with special needs. Love, Lera Bakery, located on Washington Avenue in North Haven, opened in June with a very special mission. While it has plenty of delicious pastries on the menu, it also employs and empowers adults of all abilities. “It’s very difficult for people with special needs to find meaningful work. And that’s what we wanted to provide,” said Carol Asprelli, of Love, Lera Bakery. Carol’s daughter Lera has epilepsy. Carol retired from teaching early to get the bakery business started. “Oh it’s been going very, very well. People are so, so supportive,” she said. Her daughter Lera is also passionate about her work. “I like baking different kinds of stuff; I also like talking with the customers,” she said. She also enjoys working alongside her friend Steven. “They’re great coworkers. The best,” said employee Steven Mazzacco. While COVID delayed the bakery’s opening, it gave Steven and Lera a chance to perfect their recipes. Customers, like Steven’s teacher, recognize the importance of supporting businesses that empower adults with special needs. “They’re just like all of us. They want to be useful; they want to be self-employed. They want to be independent,” said Dot Logan. As the business grows, the hope is to hire more adults with special needs, all while making sure each sweet, is served with a special kind of love.
ONE TANK TRIPS: Bromley Mountain Ski ResortSOUTHERN VERMONT. (WFSB) - Enjoy slides? Then this popular one tank trip is for you. You may think of skiing when you hear Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, but their main attraction is the Alpine Slide. The slide is one of the world's longest slides, at two-thirds of a mile long. The fun doesn't end at the bottom. During the summer, the resort has "Vermont's Summer Adventure." There's a giant four-story swing that can reach up to 40 mph. The resort also boasts the Big Splash Waterslide, Space Bikes and Bumper Boats underneath the lifts leading to the Alpine Slide. The aerial adventure park is a mix of a zip tour and canopy tour with zip lines and bridges to get from one obstacle to another. Those looking for less thrill and more calm, you can hang out on the sundeck and enjoy the picturesque scene while the kiddos find adventure.
CDC: Three more CT counties reach 'substantial’ level for community spread(WFSB) – Three more Connecticut counties have reached the 'substantial’ level for community spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control. On Tuesday, the CDC came out with an update on mask guidance. It said counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission were advised to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. By Wednesday, New London and Hartford counties reached the ‘substantial’ threshold. Thursday afternoon, New Haven was added to that category. By Friday, Windham, Tolland and Fairfield counties were then identified as reaching the 'substantial’ level. The only counties in Connecticut that have not yet reached that threshold are Litchfield and Middlesex counties. See the CDC tracker by <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. Following new mask guidance issued by the CDC, the state’s Department of Public Health said Thursday that residents who live in counties with “substantial transmission” should wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status. While it's not a mandate, DPH officials strongly recommend it. "If you’re living in an area with that kind of transmission, it is a good idea and the DPH strongly recommends that you wear a mask whenever you’re in an indoor space," said Acting DPH Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford. Martin Stack said he never stopped wearing his mask, even after getting vaccinated. He added that people who don’t follow the CDC’s guidance are taking a big risk. “It’s a hard way to find out why you’re not wearing it,” Stack said. However, some people are confident the vaccine will keep them safe, and they want to see things return to normal. “For me, I think everything is becoming normal now, I see every day more spirit,” said Jose Navarro. The highly contagious Delta variant is driving this latest surge in cases, and the CDC said studies are finding even vaccinated people can spread the virus if infected with the Delta variant. “We understand that there’s definitely some pandemic fatigue out there,” Gifford said. Public health officials know people are ready for a return to normal, but they also say it’s possible the CDC mask guidance could soon apply to all of Connecticut. “Given how infectious this virus is, this Delta variant, it’s likely we’ll see all, most or all, of our all of our counties hit that threshold very soon,” Gifford added. When asked about President Biden’s suggestion of a $100 incentive to get people vaccinated, Gifford said she didn’t think Connecticut would be doing that, as our vaccination rate is higher than most of the country and past incentives didn’t have enough impact. After seeing vaccination rates drop off in recent week, more people in Connecticut are getting their shot. It’s not a huge uptick, but public health officials said they will take it. “We were down around 17,000 new series started a few weeks back, and in the most recent week we’re up over 20,000,” Gifford said. She said there’s likely several reasons for the uptick, saying some hesitant people finally feel the vaccine is safe. Others may be worried about places requiring vaccinations. Then there’s the Delta variant. Studies show vaccinated people can catch and spread the variant, but the vaccine tends to lead to better outcomes. Whatever the reason, Vernon officials said they’ve been seen more people at their pop-up clinics. “Our numbers consistently draw attention, which is wonderful, and we’re still going to be here for them,” said Amy Watt, assistant director for Vernon Parks and Recreation. Robert Brown was among the hesitant until two weeks ago. But he did his researched and talked with people who got the vaccine. On Friday, he was getting his second dose at a Community Health Center clinic in Waterbury. “I was a little skeptic, didn’t really know, doing my research,” he said. For others, the pop-up events are more accessible than the mass vaccine sites we saw earlier in the pandemic. State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff said all public employees at the state and local level in Connecticut should need to get vaccinated or take regular tests, similar to what President Biden is doing at the federal level. The governor said he wasn’t ready to do that when Channel 3 asked him earlier this week.
Some cities and towns bring back mask mandate inside municipal buildingsNEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, several cities and towns across the state are now requiring masks inside city- or town-owned buildings. In New London, starting next Tuesday, face masks will be required inside any municipal building. At the entrance of each city building, officials said there will be a sign saying a mask or face covering is required. Officials also said the city will have a supply of unused masks for those who arrive and who do not have one. The city of Norwich is doing the same, requiring masks to be worn in city-owned buildings starting Monday. City hall will remain open to the public, but some departments may require appointments for specific services, so it’s best to call ahead. Newington is also bringing back a mask mandate inside town-owned buildings. Three more Connecticut counties have reached the 'substantial’ level for community spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control, meaning residents in those counties should wear masks while inside public spaces. As of Friday, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Fairfield, Windham and Tolland counties were considered hot spots. Litchfield and Middlesex counties were not yet added to that list.
Suffield Police Department working with Six Flags to help ease traffic issuesAGAWAM, MA (WFSB) – It’s been a busy summer season for folks heading to Six Flags New England, but some locals on the Massachusetts border say the traffic heading to the amusement park has been the worst in years. On Friday, Suffield police said Six Flags will now pay a Suffield police officer to patrol Route 159 to help eliminate traffic issues in town. Suffield residents have been upset about traffic back-ups and litter from park visitors. At one point the back-up extended into Enfield. The police department said Six Flags has also been working with the Agawam police department to help ease traffic congestion caused when the park opens.