I’m following Dave Altimari’s coverage of the post-storm power problems on CTNow.com. Dave writes for the Courant which is the same company and newsroom as CTNow and FoxCT. In stories that ran last night and continue today Dave lays out the case CL&P’s prior actions might be the reason so few out-of-town contractors have chosen to come to Connecticut. That’s one reason it will take so long to reestablish power. These problems existed for the Hurricane Irene cleanup too.
Dave quotes CL&P’s CEO Jeffrey Butler,
“But I will assure you, when we had the weather forecast and everything we looked at in preparation for this storm, the amount of snow, which ended up being the problem, was far more significant than what had been forecast,” he said.
“This event as it came in Saturday started earlier and lasted longer, with more snow accumulation — and remember, all the trees still had their foliage on them,” Bulter said.
Excuse me? Here’s what I wrote last Thursday before our minor snow.
Most of tonight’s flakes will melt on contact. What percentage? Who knows. Significant numbers, sure. It’s tough to accurately quantify. With a few higher elevation exceptions tonight will be a minor nuisance and not much more.
Saturday is a different story entirely. The NAM, which has been the snow monger for tonight’s system is stingy Saturday. In fact it puts no snow over Connecticut!
The European, remarkably accurate during much of the hurricane season, the UKMET and GFS all bring a major Nor’easter through on Saturday. We’re talking plowable snow and a howling wind.
The problem is Connecticut’s trees are full of leaves. A storm like this has the potential to cause nearly as much limb and power trouble as Irene… with snow on top!
I’m not yet saying it’s going to happen–just that it might. There’s a significant chance. I’ll have to work that into the forecast.
It’s the weather. I wasn’t 100% sure. Still there was a significant chance for trouble and as you see I laid out what actually happened. I wasn’t alone. Every forecaster had the same concerns.
Business decisions are made every day. You hope the corners cut in non-essential businesses aren’t cut in hospitals and airlines and power companies.