Heavy Rains

The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home

Donations are pouring in for The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts after last week’s pouring rain wreaked havoc on the historic gardens at the former home of author and humanitarian Edith Wharton.


Cheshire, Massachusetts remains in a state of emergency after last week’s heavy rains caused nearly $1 million in road damage.

Portions of Route 116 and Windsor Road have been closed for nearly a week.  Carole Francesconi serves on the town’s Select Board.

The Mount: Edith's Wharton Home

Heavy rain last week damaged roads throughout the Capital Region and western Massachusetts.

Wednesday's Rain

Jul 10, 2013
Dave Lucas WAMC

The Albany-area gets a quick demonstration of flash flooding … The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as "rapidly rising water that usually occurs within two hours of the start of high intensity rain." Wednesday afternoon In the city of Albany, it took little more than five minutes for mother nature to produce a small demonstration of the phenomenon.

A new report by an environmental group is pointing to what it says is a clear sign of climate change: The frequency of storms in the region with extremely high rain or snowfall is up 85 percent since 1948.

Environment America says New England leads the country in the increasing frequency and intensity of severe storms, with the weather events more than doubling in frequency in New Hampshire.

In Vermont, the group says the amount of precipitation being dropped by the biggest annual rain and snowstorms is up an average of 30 percent.