News 12 Connecticut looks back at 2011's wild weather

This year was certainly a notable year for weather events in southwestern Connecticut. On Aug. 23, an earthquake that was centered just outside Washington, D.C., rattled buildings, monuments and nerves from Georgia to Canada, with Connecticut in the middle.

A few days later, the state faced Tropical Storm Irene, dumping half a foot of rain on parts of the region, toppling trees and collapsing a number of homes on Long Island Sound.

Irene's winds cut power to a record 700,000 customers, eclipsing the previous record of Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

Two months later, there was another major power outage, this time from a freak October storm that blanketed the area with more than a foot of snow. Miles of downed power lines and trees left 760,000 people in the dark, some for weeks.

Combine the totals from that storm with January snowstorms and we got the wettest year since meteorologists started keeping records 117 years ago.

Scientists analyze earthquake data in Westport

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