Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dan Guarino's new book "Small Town in the Big City" available August 15th, 2016

Broad Channel Pirates!



BETWEEN THE BRIDGES IN BROAD CHANNEL
July 28th, 2016
Peter Mahon

Broad Channel Pirates!

The sun had passed it's mid-point in the overhead sky and the barely perceptible morning breeze had disappeared leaving in its wake only the humid stagnant afternoon heat as the 40 women made their way aboard the 70 foot fishing charter "Capt. Mike" in Howard Beach last Sunday.  This year's Broad Channel VFW annual "Girl's Only" fishing trip had been re-christened in memory of a much loved member who passed away back away in 2014 as the organization's "Annual Suzanne Grillman Fishing Tournament."  Suzanne would have loved the idea of the all girl fishing trip being named after her as she always believed that it was much better for a woman to give a man a fish to eat for the day but to never, ever, teach that same man to fish because he will only wind up sitting in a boat drinking beer all day! 

Shortly after 1 pm Mike Cannon fired up the "Capt Mike" and pulled away from the dock and slowly headed out into Jamaica Bay in search of keeper sized fluke. Now this is where the story gets interesting.  As the ladies were setting about to enjoy their afternoon of fishing and female camaraderie they were completely unaware of the fact that their male counterparts left behind on the island of Broad Channel were planning their own, male only, boat excursion, a pirate attack upon the fair damsels aboard the "Capt. Mike".  Preparations for the guys only trip required a stop at the Broad Channel Gift Shop on Cross Bay Boulevard where more than 200 "rapid fill" water balloons were purchased as well as various items of "pirate" related apparel - head scarves, swords (calm down...only plastic ones!), and the like. There was a lot of moaning and groaning about their inability to procure eye patches and parrots for the crew.    

Water balloons filled, pirate garb worn, swords slung, coolers iced and filled with copious amounts of grog, the only matter left was to procure a boat for their planned junket. This took a little longer than expected but ultimately one was obtained.  Of course that fact  makes me wonder why anyone in their right mind would be willing to provide their own boat to a group of adult men without any fishing gear whatsoever, running around dressed as pirates yelling "Avast Matey", "Arrr!", "Ahoy There!" while lugging around hundreds of water balloon and coolers full of beer.  Then again, keep in mind this is Broad Channel we're talking about.

Obviously someone had recently watched one of the Prates of the Caribbean movies as their newly acquired vessel was temporarily christened the Black Pearl as the boys set out on their quest to locate and wreak havoc upon the Capt. Mike somewhere on the waters of Jamaica Bay. About an hour after leaving port and many cups (cans) of grog (beer) later one of the lads spotted the Capt. Mike in the distance near the Marine Parkway Bridge and confusing Herman Melville with Robert Louis Stevenson, yelled out to his comrades "Thar she blows!"  Approaching the Capt, Mike, the crew hurriedly distributed the water balloons among themselves as they ducked out of sight below the boat's gunwale and waited until their smaller craft was alongside the larger ship whereupon they rose up and unleashed a broadside of water balloons towards the women who were fishing from the deck of the Capt. Mike while waving their plastic swords and yelling, "Ahoy wenches, here's a little something for all of ye!"  Truth be told, the ladies gave as good as they got with some catching the water balloons in mid flight and returning them to their senders!  

With all their balloons spent, the wannabe pirate laddies broke off their engagement with the Capt. Mike and turned tail back to safe port in Broad Channel.  Arriving at the VFW around 3 pm they spent the next hour or so regaling all present with the grand tales of their pirate raid upon the girls on Capt, Mike!  Somewhere around 4:15 pm the grand tale telling gave way to a visible nervousness regarding the reaction on the part of the girls to their raid when they arrived back at the VFW later that afternoon.  When the ladies did arrive back it was non-eventful with most smiling and simply remarking that they all had a great time.  I pulled one girl aside and inquired about the possibility of pay pack.  She smiled, winked and in a hushed tone said "Pirates my ass!  All of these guys are a canvas short of a full sail...I doubt any of them have ever heard of Anne Bonny because if they had they would realize that there will be pay back, they simply know neither the day nor the hour!"

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?  


The Rockaway Times (Thursday, July 28th 2016 edition)

NWS - Hazardous Weather Outlook



HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
546 AM EDT THU JUL 28 2016

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-291000-
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-
NORTHERN NEW LONDON-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-
EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-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-
546 AM EDT THU JUL 28 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHERN
CONNECTICUT...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE AREA FROM THE SOUTHWEST
TONIGHT AND THEN TRACK OVER OR NEAR THE REGION ON FRIDAY. A THREAT
FOR FLASH FLOODING EXISTS FROM TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS LATE
TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY AFTERNOON...WITH A LIMITED THREAT FOR SEVERE
WEATHER. THIS THREAT IS TIED TO THE LOCATION OF AN ASSOCIATED
WARM FRONT...WHICH HAS LOW PREDICTABILITY AT THIS POINT. PLEASE
MONITOR SUBSEQUENT FORECASTS FOR UPDATES ON THE FLASH FLOODING AND
SEVERE THREAT.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ever seen a "shelf cloud"?

Photo by: J.F. Phelan

The above picture depicts a shelf cloud looming over homes out in Syosset during the strong T-storms that crashed through our area this past Monday. 

Shelf clouds are always impressive, often resembling tsunamis or a large cliff, and since they are  usually low hanging, sometimes only several hundred feet above the ground, they can sometimes frighten people who have never seen this type of cloud formation before.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Know the symptoms - Heat Related Illness


NWS issues Heat Advisory effective 12 noon through 6 pm this evening


URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
343 AM EDT TUE JUL 26 2016

...HOT WEATHER CONTINUES TODAY...

NYZ072>075-176-178-262200-
/O.CON.KOKX.HT.Y.0006.160726T1600Z-160726T2200Z/
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
343 AM EDT TUE JUL 26 2016

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM EDT
THIS EVENING...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...IN THE MID 90S DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE
  MID 90S...AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 60S.

* TIMING...HIGHEST HEAT INDICES BETWEEN 1 PM AND 5 PM.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL
  INCREASE THE RISK FOR HEAT RELATED HEALTH ISSUES...ESPECIALLY
  FOR THE ELDERLY...THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS
  LUNG AND HEART DISEASE...THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS...AND OTHER
  HEAT SENSITIVE GROUPS OF PEOPLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION
OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT
LEAST 95 DEGREES FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS...OR 100 DEGREES FOR
ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

SENIORS AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OR MENTAL HEALTH
CONDITIONS ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK. HOMES WITHOUT AIR
CONDITIONING CAN BE MUCH HOTTER THAN OUTDOOR TEMPERATURES.

USE AIR CONDITIONING TO STAY COOL AT HOME OR GO TO A PLACE THAT
HAS AIR CONDITIONING. CHECK ON VULNERABLE FRIENDS... FAMILY
MEMBERS AND NEIGHBORS. TO FIND A NYC COOLING CENTER CALL 3-1-1 OR
VISIT NYC.GOV/OEM

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.

Monday, July 25, 2016

NWS issues Severe T-Storm Watch until 8 pm this evening





NWS: Heat Advisory in effect from Noon to 8 pm today


Heat Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
313 AM EDT MON JUL 25 2016

...HOT AND HUMID TODAY...

NYZ072>075-176-178-252100-
/O.CON.KOKX.HT.Y.0005.160725T1600Z-160726T0000Z/
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
313 AM EDT MON JUL 25 2016

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 104...DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE MID
  90S AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 70S.

* TIMING...HIGHEST HEAT INDICES THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL
  INCREASE THE RISK FOR HEAT RELATED HEALTH ISSUES...ESPECIALLY
  FOR THE ELDERLY...THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS
  LUNG AND HEART DISEASE...THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS...AND OTHER
  HEAT SENSITIVE GROUPS OF PEOPLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION
OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT
LEAST 95 DEGREES FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS...OR 100 DEGREES FOR
ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

SENIORS AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OR MENTAL HEALTH
CONDITIONS ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK. HOMES WITHOUT AIR
CONDITIONING CAN BE MUCH HOTTER THAN OUTDOOR TEMPERATURES.

USE AIR CONDITIONING TO STAY COOL AT HOME OR GO TO A PLACE THAT
HAS AIR CONDITIONING. CHECK ON VULNERABLE FRIENDS... FAMILY
MEMBERS AND NEIGHBORS. TO FIND A NYC COOLING CENTER CALL 3-1-1 OR
VISIT NYC.GOV/OEM

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

NWS updates Excessive Heat Watch: Dangerously High Heat and Humidity on tap for Monday


Alert:
...DANGEROUSLY HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY ON TAP FOR MONDAY... 
 
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING 
THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON... 
 
* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 107 DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 
90S...AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 70S. 
 
* TIMING...HIGHEST HEAT INDICES MONDAY AFTERNOON. 
 
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL 
INCREASE THE RISK FOR HEAT RELATED HEALTH ISSUES...ESPECIALLY 
FOR THE ELDERLY...THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS 
LUNG AND HEART DISEASE...THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS...AND OTHER 
HEAT SENSITIVE GROUPS OF PEOPLE.



Instructions:AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY
 COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.
 SENIORS AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
 ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK. HOMES WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING CAN BE MUCH HOTTER
THAN OUTDOOR TEMPERATURES. USE AIR CONDITIONING TO STAY COOL AT HOME OR GO
TO A PLACE THAT HAS AIR CONDITIONING.

CHECK ON VULNERABLE FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND NEIGHBORS. TO FIND A NYC COOLING CENTER CALL 3-1-1 OR VISIT NYC.GOV/OEM TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN
SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.