Vermont Housing

VERMONT - Finding affordable housing in the state of Vermont has been tricky, and Governor Scott has a plan to try and address it.

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Go Vermont! Gets an Upgrade

VERMONT-- Commuting in Vermont just got a little bit easier.  The transportation agency announced that their app, Go Vermont!, has a new upgrade.

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Summer Threats and Staying Safe

Vermont - As we approach the summer months here in Vermont, there are some different risks to keep in mind when heading outdoors for any activities. The National Weather Service has a campaign called 'Weather Ready Nation' thats main purpose is to educate the public on different risks associated with the different types of summer weather. The NWS has been able to create an outreach group of Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, which help to spread the Weather Ready Nation messaging out to the public. While most of the information provided is more nationally targeted, there are still some important takeaways to get looking at these closer to home.

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Climate Prediction Center Predicts Above Average Start to Summer

VERMONT - The Climate Prediction Center recently released its 3-month outlooks on temperature and precipitation across the United States. This outlook paints an idea as to which areas have the best chance of being above average and below average for that time period. 

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Vermont's Changing Climate - Climatological Impacts

VERMONT - Vermont is seeing firsthand some of the impacts of climate change. The University of Vermont has been conducting research into the impacts of climate change on the state and has compiled its findings into a user-friendly website for the public to access its findings. 

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Vermont's Changing Climate - Meteorological Impacts

VERMONT - With spring on Vermont's doorstep, many people across the state have been looking forward to the warmer weather. Given we had our fair share of snowstorms during this winter season, it may not seem like the climate in the state is trending warmer, but experts are warning otherwise.

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The Face of Vermont's EB-5 Scandal Gets To Go Home

VERMONT-William Stenger, the face of Vermont's biggest fraud scandal, was able to go home today after facing the possibility of a five year sentence.

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More Money from Radio

VERMONT - For those in the world of radio it is known that stations have to pay royalties to play music on the air. ASCAP, BMI, and other licenses help to prevent copyright infringements. However, there may be another fee coming soon.

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VT Secretary Jim Condos Will Not Return To Office

VERMONT - After 12 years as Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos has announced he will not be on the ballot in the fall. "While I have enjoyed this job every day, I look forward to a new chapter next January," he said. This announcement came Tuesday afternoon during a press conference.

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Shiffrin Wins Five Straight at Killington

KILLINGTON - After snow and high winds cancelled Saturday's Giant slalom race, athletes took to the slopes on Sunday for the Home light Killington Cup slalom race as four of those athletes have strong connections to Vermont.

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Testing Tips This Holiday Season

VERMONT- It's hard to believe but the holidays are upon us and state health officials are giving their testing tips to stay safe during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

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Vermont and New Hampshire Calls Must Start With "802"

Article Written in Collaboration by Quinlan Peer and Alexandra Huff

VERMONT - If you're looking to make a call today, make sure you dial "802" or "603" for any local numbers. Why? Because starting today, all local outgoing phone calls made in Vermont and New Hampshire must be preceded by the states' area codes.

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Vermont Looks to Save 28 Organic Dairy Farms

VERMONT - Horizon Organic, an organization that works with organic dairy farmers, will be cutting ties with the northeast in a year, leaving 28 Vermont farms without a processor. Horizon has given farmers in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York until August 2022 to find new buyers for their milk, but Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts says "we have to move much quicker than that."

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251 Club Gets New Member

VERMONT - The green mountain state of Vermont is well known for it's beautiful scenery. With over 100 historic landmarks, it's hard to not want to see everything.

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Plan For Homeless Vermonters

VERMONT - As vermont begins to ease covid restrictions. Tourism in the state is looking to go back to normal. But emergency pandemic housing for the homeless is currently filling up many of the hotels.

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Vermont's Rise in Spring Temperatures

Vermont - In the last 40 years, Vermont has seen an increase in the average spring time temperatures. Although this number isn't too big, the effects it has in our yearly climate can already be seen. Everything from droughts, to flooding, to even shortened maple sugaring seasons. 


According to Climate Central, the average spring time temperature in Vermont has risen 2.8°F since 1970 and Vermont is avergaing about 14 days of above average temperatures during the spring. But, what exactly will this mean for the state as a whole? According to Dr. Janel Hanrahan Atmospheric Science professor at NVU-Lyndon, if you were to ask a person on the street about a rise in temperatures either 1 or 2° degrees most people wouldnt care. If you were to add 1 or 2° every year it can start to have an affect on agriculture and wild life in the state. One point that Dr. Hanrahan did note is "the way it's hapenning is not uniform. What's hapenning is that you have these extremely warm days but, you also have extremely cold days". For example this year in early April we already had days that hit 75°F which was well over 20 degrees above average. Few days following that we went back down to below freezing temperatures. Heat waves in the late spring can also be problematic for people in Vermont because you could have days with temperatures above 90°F which for most people in the south that wouldn't be such a problem considering they mostly have air conditioning. But, in Vermont most people don't have air conditioning and thats when it can become a health problem. 

In the agriculture sector these extreme swings in temperatures can impact farms whether it is an apple orchard or peach trees. When you have multiple days in a row where temperatures exceed 70°F trees will start to bloom thinking its later in the spring and its time to fruit. Then, when temperatures drop back down into the freezing mark and it starts to snow, it can really damage these trees. The flowers will die and not be able to bear fruit. Dr. Hanrahan explained "I have this big tree in my backyard that bloomed all these big beautiful flowers and then we got six inches of snow and now I have a tree with dead flowers and this is not a big deal for this tree in my backyard but it can be if you have lets say an apple orachard". 

The last thing that can get affected is extreme weather. This year we are already dealing with moderate drought conditions according to the drought monitor provided by the University of Nebraska. Droughts and floods are two extremes that can happen either in separate years or in the same year. We could have one year with above average snowfall and once spring time comes around with the snowmelt, rivers can rise and if you combine that with heavy rainfall can be a perect disaster which was the case back in the spring of 2019. You can also have an abnormally dry year with little snowfall and once spring time comes around a drought develops, the ground hardens and cracks from lack of rainfall. It could take one storm with rainfall over an inch to start having flooding concerns. Since the ground is hard and cracked, it could take a while before the soil becomes saturated enough for the water to seep down so, the water just sits on top and if you have heavy rainfall that will start to pool. Vermont's climate is changing every year and we are already starting to see the affects of climate change. 

J&J Come Back To The State

BARTON-After a long wait for a vaccine that was put on hold for several weeks, Governor Phil Scott announced the vaccine has finally become available in the state of Vermont.

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Vermont's Climate Council

Vermont - The Vermont Climate Council was formed in 2020 as part of a bill that will tackle climate change in the state of Vermont. The council will focus on reducing green house emissions in the state as well as better tracking it's green house emissions. 


 

In September of 2020, the Vermont Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act. This bill will require Vermont to "lower its climate-damaging emissions while creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing burdens for rural and marginalized communities to access clean energy, transportation, heating, and housing", according to the Vermont Natural Resource Council. However, the road to assemble the council was not an easy one. Once the bill passed the Vermont House and Senate, Governor Phil Scott vetoed the bill. On September 22, 2020 the House and the Senate overwhelmingly voted to override the Governors vetoe. The House voted 103-47 and the Senate voted 22-8.

The Vermont Council holds weekly meetings where they discuss their agenda and plan for the next couple of years. The group is made up of different subcommittees. This includes: Agriculture and Ecosystem, Cross-sector Mitigation, Just Transitions, Rural Resilience and Adaptation, and Science and Data subcommittee. Dr. Jason Shafer, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon is part of of the Science and Data subcommittee. The Science and Data subcommittee helps to advise the works using the latest science and best methods. Dr. Shafer stated " The council has worked with other state agencies to solicit a request for proposals for partner/vendors to help the state develop policies, frameworks, and recommendations to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, including better tracking of its carbon cycle in various areas (e.g., transportation,buildings,electricity)".

According to Dr. Shafer, he was selected by the state to represent this subcommittee. All others were also selected. He also noted that Vermont is somewhat of an early adapter of a climate council but other states like California and Maine have similar efforts. The group is responsible for updating the states planning every three years. In five years, there will be continued evaluation of these plans to see what is working and what is not. 


Vaccine Plans For Out Of State Students

VERMONT - With increasing covid infections, more vaccinations, and rapidly changing safety guidance it has all led to some confusion over whether out-of-state students attending Vermont colleges are eligible for vaccine clinics in Vermont.

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A Plan for ReOpening

VERMONT - As more and more vaccines get distributed, Vermonters can start looking forward to the state opening up fully.  Governor Phil Scott and his team have put together an exit plan which will help Vermont reopen by July 4th.

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Fatal Crash On Interstate 91

HARTLAND - A Trucker from Troy Vermont was killed in a crash on Interstate 91 early Monday morning near White River Junction.

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Radar Coverage in Vermont

Vermont - In late March, Vermont was hit by a rare tornado that destroyed several homes and injured two people. Radar coverage in the western half of the state is not a problem but as you get over the green mountains, radar coverage starts to get blocked. This posed a question if it is necessary to implement a new radar tower to improve the coverage in the eastern half of the state since storms happen all throughout the state. 


 

 

Trying to put out warnings for the eastern half of the state can be quite tricky as the signal gets blocked by the mountains. The only radar tower in the state currently stands at the Burlington International Airport where the National Weather Office is located. Radars have five different tilt elevations used to look at storms. It starts at 0.5° which is what the beam antenna is angled at above the ground. The beam itself is 1° wide. So, with that in mind it starts scanning at 1.5° and continues through 2.4°, 3.4°, and 4.3°. Once you start getting to the higher elevations, you're able to see further but, now you are looking at a storm from higher up not knowing what could be happening at the surface. "Although we have beam blockage at 0.5° and 0.9°, our warning forecasters rely on the higher elevation scans to effectively issue convective warnings across central and eastern Vermont. We also use adjacent radars, such as KGYX (Portland, Maine), to help with coverage" said Pete Banacos, Science and Operations Officer at NWS Burlington. This can be difficult because if you have a severe thunderstorms, it will have rotation associated with it but, that rotation may not reach the surface, so warning these storms can be tough.

Currently, the NWS doesn't have any plans to build additional radar sites. But, It would definitely benefit Vermont to add an additional radar site. According to Pete Banacos, "The original cost of the WSR-88D (radar) network was approximately $3.1 Billion to build 122 radars". That comes out to be a little over $25 million per radar. In comparison, President Biden's stimulus package was $1.9 trillion dollars. That would pay for about 75,000 radar towers. 

Radar coverage did not play a role in the March 26th tornado in Middlebury. Middlebury has unobstructed view in radar coverage so seeing the storm coming was not a problem. What caused this tornado to be missed by warning is how fast this tornado spinned up and how short-lived it was. According to Pete, the National Weather Service estimates that the tornado was on the ground for 60 seconds and a total path length of 0.6 miles. Radar's receives a new scan every 3 minutes and this tornado happened between radar scans so, it wasn't visible on the radar. In that short amount of time, the tornado destroyed 4 houses and injured 2 people. The tornado was officially rated an EF1 tornado with max wind speeds of 110 mph.

 

 

Vermont Schools Receive Covid Relief Funds

VERMONT - Last week, President Biden announced another wave of federal Covid relief money for schools. This time, a package worth $81 billion dollars will help cover Covid relief and school reopenings for K-12 schools across the country.

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Three Foot Distancing In Classrooms

VERMONT - Since Vermont schools re opened in September after having to move remote in March due to the ongoing pandemic. Most schools in the state re opened with a new hybrid learning style, just one-way schools have been navigating during the pandemic. But, Vermont officials and Vermonters want students back in the classrooms full time as soon as possible.

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Zebra Mussels Found in Moss Balls

VERMONT - The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is asking that anyone who has recently purchased an aquatic moss ball dispose of it immediately. Zebra mussels, an invasive species to the northeast waters, have been found in numerous moss ball products. Only one specimen has been found on Vermont store shelves since the discovery earlier last week.

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