Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Here are some ways to give wild birds the food, water and shelter they need to survive a storm.
On Sunday morning as the snow began to fall the birds were out foraging for food, trying to store lots of calories before the storm. There were hundreds of starlings in the open patches of grass, scavenging for insects or seeds. Robins were in the branches of the Winterberry Holly, or Ilex verticillata, gobbling up the red berries. To survive a storm like this, the birds need to keep their body temperatures up, which means they need to expend little energy and consume lots of food. They also need to find some type of shelter in the worst parts of the storm. Nesting boxes, thick shrubs or brush piles can give them the cover they need. I used to designate an area in my yard as wild in order to provide shelter and cover for the birds. My yard…
Here are several pictures of the snow storms submitted by Portsmouth residents.
We asked and you answered the call! We asked for the best winter storm photos from around Portsmouth and residents were quick to respond. Featured below in the photo gallery are the many pictures received as of Thursday, Jan. 27. There's also still time to submit your own storm photos. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
Island Park residents take to the hills for sledding Monday at Hathaway Elementary School.
Some Island Park youths used Sunday and Monday's blizzard as an opportunity to make some cash by shoveling driveways. Other residents decided to tackle the hills at Hathaway Elementary School for the season's first sledding experience. Featured below are pictures from around Island Park on Monday as residents cleaned up after the winter storm. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Residents of Common Fence Point, which saw many power outages Sunday evening, clean up and have fun after the blizzard of 2010.
Common Fence Point residents were hard at work cleaning up after Sunday and Monday's blizzard dropped a foot of snow on the region. Below are some of the higlights from Monday's cleanup, including one resident helping to rescue a little bird. Did you take photos of this winter storm? Do you have photos of your family building a snowman? Add your storm photos here or send them to Sandy@Patch.com, and we'll post them for all to see!
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind advisory through midnight tonight. Down power lines and tree limbs are possible.
The snow may have ceased falling, but gusty winds tonight could wreck additional havoc on an already snow-exhausted island. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind warning, which will continue through midnight tonight. According to the NWS, winds could be strong enough to bring down trees and power lines. "This will be especially more common in areas where heavy wet snow is coating trees causing them to be weakened," according to NWS. "This will likely lead to additional power outages into this evening. Blowing and drifting of snow is also expected." A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour. Gusts of 58 mph or greater are possible. Portsmouth DPW Concerned About …
Despite gusty winds, some residents braved the outdoors Monday morning to clear cars and shovel driveways.
Freezing temperatures and gusty winds couldn't keep homeowners from clearing driveways and shoveling snow off cars Monday morning. A few residents of West Main Road braved freezing temperatures and wind gusts (some projected to reach 45 mph) to remove the white stuff that piled up overnight. "I didn't think it was going to be this bad," said Erik Pacheco as he cleared snow off a lime green Volkswagen Beetle Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning, which will continue through Tuesday. Some residents have reported measuring up to 12 inches of snow in their backyards. Featured below are photos of residents cleaning up after the 2010 winter storm on West Main Road, Portsmouth, on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010: Did …