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Strong thunderstorm into the northern Springfield Massachusetts Metro area…

… Strong thunderstorm into the northern Springfield Massachusetts Metro area…

At 532 PM EDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Westhampton… moving southeast at 30 mph.

Hail up to the size of peas and wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include… Chicopee… Northampton… Russell… Westfield… Montgomery… Huntington… Southampton… Holyoke… Westhampton… West Springfield… Easthampton… Granby and South Hadley.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Get indoors when this storm approaches. Winds may be strong enough to produce minor damage… such as downed branches. Minor urban and poor drainage flooding is also possible.

Lat… Lon 4238 7282 4226 7245 4206 7270 4215 7287 4229 7295 time… Mot… loc 2132z 306deg 26kt 4229 7282

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Can Anyone Tell Me What These Road Marks are For?

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V Mark In Road See Most Places

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T Mark Seen in road. I Have Only seen this one once.

I once heard that they were for the GPS location of photos taken from space.
Each Mark has the exact GPS location so when a photo from is viewed from space they know exactly what they’re looking at. I don’t know how true this is and why there is a V mark and a T mark.

July 30th, 2013

Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile, EEE Found in Hampshire County

(WGGB) — Two mosquito-carried viruses have been found in samples collected in Hampshire County.

 

Northampton Director of Public Health Merridith O’Leary says that the state’s Department of Public Health notified her office that the West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes collected in Northampton.

 

In addition, O’Leary adds that the DPH indicated that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was found in mosquitoes collected in Amherst.

 

The Mass. Department of Public Health says that both samples were collected on Tuesday, July 23.

 

As a result of the EEE finding, the risk level for Amherst has been raised to ‘Moderate’ while nearby Belchertown remains at ‘Moderate’ after a horse was infected with EEE last year.

 

Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, South Hadley, and Sunderland are considered to be at ‘Low’ risk for EEE.

 

The state’s public health veterinarian, Dr. Catherine Brown, says, “Today is our first reminder that EEE is an annual occurrence in Massachusetts. We had EEE activity last year in several places outside of our historic southeastern Massachusetts hot spot and this finding indicates that last year’s experience might not have been an isolated occurrence. Risks from mosquitoes can occur throughout Massachusetts and this is a reminder for everyone across the Commonwealth to protect themselves.”

 

So far this year, there have been no human cases of West Nile or EEE.

 

The state offers these tips to try and avoid an mosquito-borne illness:

 

Avoid Mosquito Bites

 

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.
Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home

 

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or
discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Protect Your Animals

 

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.
More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results from 2013, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800

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