Saturday, February 13, 2016

NWS issues updated Wind Chill Advisory


Message:NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-NY1255EA5896A0.WindChillAdvisory.1255EA677990NY.OKXWSWOKX.483ffe12746b5379e5339536f166d978from w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Sent:14:44 EST on 02-13-2016
Effective:14:44 EST on 02-13-2016
Expires:12:00 EST on 02-14-2016
Event:Wind Chill Advisory
Alert:
...STRONG WINDS AND DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS INTO SUNDAY 
MORNING... 
 
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST SUNDAY... 
 
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...LONG ISLAND AND PORTIONS OF 
NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... 
 
* HAZARD TYPES...STRONG WINDS AND DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS. 
 
* TIMING...COLDEST WIND CHILLS LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY 
MORNING. 
 
* WIND CHILL...FROM 15 TO 24 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. 
 
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. 
 
* COLD IMPACTS...THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO 
THOSE VENTURING OUTSIDE. PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE 
FROSTBITE. THE COMBINATION OF VERY LOW WIND CHILLS AND FRIGID 
AIR TEMPERATURES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO RESULT IN FROZEN 
PIPES...FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. 
 
* WIND IMPACTS...SCATTERED TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES DOWNED. 
ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.
Instructions:A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE LIMITED. IF YOU ARE HEADING OUTDOORS... DRESS IN LAYERS AND KEEP YOUR HANDS AND HEAD COVERED TO PROTECT AGAINST FROSTBITE

NWS - Cold Weather Safety Tips


Be a Good Neighbor During the Cold Snap


During tonight's dangerously cold temperatures, please keep in mind that our elderly relatives, friends and neighbors are particularly vulnerable to the dangers that  accompanying such extreme cold.

Sometimes something as simple as a phone call or knocking on the door of an elderly relative or neighbor in the bitter cold weather we are experiencing can literally save a life.  It only takes a moment to check in and make sure they are doing alright.....

Are they staying warm?  

Is their heating system fueled and working properly and set at a reasonable temperature? 

Are they dripping domestic water lines to obviate freeze-up or worse, bursting?

Are they using portable heaters safely?  

Do they need medical attention?

 Do they have adequate required medications and medical supplies? 

Do they have an adequate food supply and a safe way to prepare meals. 

Do they have symptoms of cold related illness (i.e. shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or white/grayish skin color? If you feel that an elderly neighbor is ill call 9-1-1.  

If you feel they may be in danger if they remain alone, ask them to come home with you until the temperature rises to a safe level and the dangerous condition in their home.

NWS issues updated Wind Chill Advisory


Wind Chill Advisory


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
343 AM EST SAT FEB 13 2016

...DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING...
...STRONG WINDS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING...

NJZ004-006-103>108-NYZ072>075-078>081-176>179-132200-
/O.EXT.KOKX.WC.Y.0001.160213T1800Z-160214T1700Z/
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-
WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHERN QUEENS-
NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
343 AM EST SAT FEB 13 2016

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
NOON EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...LONG ISLAND AND MOST OF
  NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY...MOST OF COASTAL CONNECTICUT...
  WESTERN BERGEN AND SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTIES.

* HAZARD TYPES...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

* TIMING...COLDEST WIND CHILLS LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY
  MORNING.

* WIND CHILL...FROM 18 TO 23 DEGREES BELOW ZERO DUE TO
  TEMPERATURES AROUND ZERO...AND NORTHWEST WINDS 0 TO 30 MPH WITH
  GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* COLD IMPACTS...THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE
  VENTURING OUTSIDE. PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. THE
  COMBINATION OF VERY LOW WIND CHILLS AND FRIGID AIR TEMPERATURES
  HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO RESULT IN FROZEN PIPES...FROSTBITE AND
  HYPOTHERMIA.

* WIND IMPACTS...SCATTERED TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES DOWNED.
  ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE LIMITED. IF YOU ARE HEADING
OUTDOORS...DRESS IN LAYERS AND KEEP YOUR HANDS AND HEAD COVERED TO
PROTECT AGAINST FROSTBITE

Friday, February 12, 2016

NWS issues updated Wind Chill Advisory



Message:NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-NY1255EA4978B4.WindChillAdvisory.1255EA677990NY.OKXWSWOKX.483ffe12746b5379e5339536f166d978from w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Sent:15:37 EST on 02-12-2016
Effective:15:37 EST on 02-12-2016
Expires:12:00 EST on 02-14-2016
Event:Wind Chill Advisory
Alert:
...DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY 
MORNING... 
 
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO 
NOON EST SUNDAY... 
 
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...LONG ISLAND AND MOST OF NORTHEAST 
NEW JERSEY. 
 
* HAZARD TYPES...POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS. 
 
* TIMING...COLDEST WIND CHILLS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY 
SUNDAY MORNING. 
 
* WIND CHILL...18 BELOW TO 23 BELOW DUE TO TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS 
1 BELOW...AND WINDS NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 
MPH. 
 
* IMPACTS...THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE 
VENTURING OUTSIDE. PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE.

Instructions:A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

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High Tide Flood Over (Times Ledger)


High tide flood over for South Queens: NWS
by: Sadef Ali Kully
February 12, 2016 


After two days of unusually high tide, the coastal flood warning ended Wednesday afternoon for parts of southern Queens, according to the National Weather Service.
Over the previous two days, members of the West 12th Road Block Association in Broad Channel posted photos of the rising tide in the morning on the civic group’s blog.
On Twitter, many Hurricane Sandy-affected residents tweeted out photos from Monday through Wednesday of streets filled with water.
A spokesman from the National Weather Service said the unexpected high tide was due to a strengthening coastal storm and the spring tide. A spring tide is the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon.
After the big blizzard hit the east coast, unexpected flooding due to high tide took over the streets in and around several neighborhoods in Broad Channel, Rockaway, Howard Beach and other parts of southern Queens, according to national weather officials.
According to the National Weather Service, a coastal flood advisory was issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for shore locations along southern Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Officials said tides were almost 1.5 feet to 2.5 feet above normal, and on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12p.m. for tides of 1 feet to 2 feet above normal. Officials warned that coastal residents should be alert for later warnings, take action to protect property and stay off of vulnerable roads.
The Office of Emergency Management said it had crews from the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Sanitation to help residents and commuters in the affected flood area.
Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skully@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.

NWS issues Wind Chill Advisory for our area



Wind Chill Advisory


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
404 AM EST FRI FEB 12 2016

...DANGEROUSLY COLD WINDCHILLS THIS WEEKEND...

NJZ004-006-104>108-NYZ072>075-078>081-176>179-122215-
/O.NEW.KOKX.WC.Y.0001.160213T2100Z-160214T1700Z/
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-
WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
404 AM EST FRI FEB 12 2016

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO NOON EST
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO NOON EST
SUNDAY.

* LOCATIONS...METRO NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY AND LONG ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES...POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WINDCHILLS.

* TIMING...COLDEST WIND CHILLS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY
  SUNDAY MORNING.

* WIND CHILL...AS LOW AS 20 TO 25 BELOW DUE TO TEMPERATURES OF 5
  ABOVE TO 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...AND NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30
  MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS...THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE
  VENTURING OUTSIDE. PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Broad Channel Bits


By Dan Guarino


The Choir performed at the Ash Wednesday service this week. It was our fourth outing.
After a rehearsal last week, I had just pulled in by 17 Road Park when I saw flashing red and blue lights behind me. Uh-oh.
It took a minute but I shortly realized that the police had actually pulled another car over on the side road just after I pulled in.
Still for a moment I had an image of me rolling down the window and explaining, “Well, Officer, I was just coming from choir practice….”
And the officer saying, “Sure you were, kid. Sure you were.”
Thanks to all who came out to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at Christ Presbyterian Church By TheSea. Likewise the ecumenical service at St. Virgilius. It was wonderful to see Father Ahlmeyer and Reverend Mahaney of Christ Presbyterian celebrating this service together.
The American Legion Auxiliary’s Valentine’s Brunch is this Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your love ones for eggs, omelets, pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, coffee, cake, juice and drinks. All cooked to order and served up with a smile. You don’t have to be from Broad Channel to come and enjoy these things! The Legion Hall is at 209 Cross Bay Blvd.
The St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Blood Drive is next Sunday, Feb. 21, at Springman Hall, 180 Beach 100th St., between 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Note: If you’re invited to the BCAC’s Thank You party, the date is Saturday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 to midnight, at the Legion Hall. Make sure to RSVP by Feb. 12.
Tickets are now available for the BCVFD Installation Dinner Dance. It’s Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 p.m. on and also at the Legion. Your $45 admission ticket helps support the Volies and includes food, drinks, entertainment and lots of fun.
Contact Dan McIntyre at dmcintyre@broadchannelvfd.com or call/text 347-678-5857 for tickets. Or contact Jill Spinelli at jspinelli@broadchannelvd.com or call/text 917-995-2390. Or reserve a seat through the BCVFD Facebook page.
And get your tickets now for the big BCVFD Raffle. The grand prize is a getaway for two with two nights at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis, show tickets and dinner at a top of the line theatre district restaurant. You get to pick the dates, the show and the restaurant. Total value is $1,500!
BCAC Little League registrations is Saturday, Feb. 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, March 2, 7 to 9 p.m. Registration is at the BCAC Clubhouse atMemorial Field.
The big news in the Channel is of course the flooding this week. There was also massive flooding up and down Rockaway and in other locations.
Over on the west side on Tuesday and Monday the morning tide brought water up to the middle of cars. A number were lost due to salt water hitting the electrical and other systems.
On the east side tidewaters came all the way up to the boulevard. Houses that were out over water looked to be sitting directly on or slightly below the water line.
There was damage to some homes. All around there was flooding in basements and crawlspaces.
Beyond that Channel people dealt with this surprising weather the best they could.
Over on West 14th Road, Dorothy Fraher reported, “It was like a comedy show here this morning. You had to be out of the house by 7-7:30 a.m. to miss walking in the water.
Then saw people carry their kids on their backs, splashing through the water,” she said. “One guy used two contractor bags [tied around his legs] to bring his son to his neighbor’s house. He left him there to go back and get the other kid.
“Then I see his wife with two white trash bags. Then the father had his pants rolled up and walked in the water with just flip flops on.
“Some free advice: they have a nice selection of rubber boots at Walmart in Valley Stream,” she let me know. “Make the investment - don't put it off. They are great for the snow, too. Or to show off at choir practice!”
On 10th Road Janet O’Hare’s light house statue went floating off her lawn and down the street. Her nephew came out to retrieve it.
The extreme weather also brought out the media. The only time they ever seem to come out is if there is some disaster. Sigh.
Keren McEneaney Feuer looked out of her house and reported, “There’s a news truck on the block. They don't know what to do with the tide. It looks like they are waiting for us to run out screaming or something.”
Vinny O’Hare replied, “Take out a fishing pole and cast from the front deck. I am sure that will get you on TV.”
But being the good people that BC people are, Keren noted, “I was gonna offer them help. They are amateurs at this I think.”
As for me, I got cold feet. Really. With the tide coming up my front steps and only exit, and me needing to get to work, I decided there was only one way out.
I picked my gear, and stuffed footwear and dry socks in a bag. Then I rolled up my pants and walked barefoot through freezing water up to my shins.
But the real fun was putting sandals and socks on frozen wet feet, while wearing a winter coat, in the car afterward!
This weekend I’ll be at Walmart. Buying rubber boots.
Thanks for reading.

Somebody Call Noah - The WAVE


Somebody Call Noah

Photo by Dan GuarinoPhoto by Dan GuarinoFrom east to west, Rockaway woke up on Jan. 8 to flooded streets; making for a soggy commute. Many reports from Broad Channel to Neponsit included cars being ruined and many couldn’t get even out of their houses for hours because of the rising water.
It seemed to get worse on Tuesday, creating even more issues.
Mayor de Blasio said city workers were cleaning storm drainage basins to help water recede more quickly and salted wet roads to prevent icy conditions.
The Wave used its social media platforms to ask residents for evidence of these crews from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and contacted the agency as well, but we didn’t get a single report of crews working anywhere.
“I shoveled sand left on our sidewalks after the water receded,” Kim Mannino said. “DEP never showed even though 311 was notified, so now what? [I] don’t remember the last time I saw the catch basins being cleaned.”

The myriad of vehicles which were totaled as a result of Monday morning’s unexpected coastal flooding remain parked on West 12th Road awaiting tow. 
Photo by Pete Mahon, used with permission The myriad of vehicles which were totaled as a result of Monday morning’s unexpected coastal flooding remain parked on West 12th Road awaiting tow.Photo by Pete Mahon, used with permissionMannino joined thousands of locals wondering what could have been done to prevent the flooding, but few had answers.
The consensus was a way higher than normal high tide, combined with a new moon, an offshore storm in the Atlantic and a northeast wind, flooded the area more than usual.
Or as Cliff Dary put it “Rockaway is surrounded by water. The bay is on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Expect it.”
Another problem noted by many calls to The Wave was the amount of garbage floating out of storm drains.
“People need to stop throwing bags with their dog’s feces in the sewer,” said one caller to The Wave. “It is disgusting! This flooding is bad enough!”
As the weather turned colder and the waters receded, many have been discussing ways to avoid this kind of flooding in the future.
At Tuesday’s Community Board 14 meeting, residents called for jetties and sewer repairs. CB14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska explained that the majority of the flooding came from “backflow from storm-water outflows,” and “faulty infrastructure.”
He also indicated unless something is done, this will be a regular occurrence when the water table rises.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder isn’t sure if there is anything that can be done.
“I’ve been speaking with the president of every major civic association in the area,” Goldfeder said. “The truth is this is happening because we are surrounded by water. I don’t think there is anything we can do or build that can prevent it from happening. We just have to be vigilant to be prepared for when it happens again.”