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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * 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 20 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 Jmc , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,02:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11, Really?

Family & Parenting, Seasonal & Current Events

Is Johnny Appleseed a fabled character, a myth, a legend? Or did he actually live? If he did live, what exactly did he do?

What do you think when you hear the name Johnny Appleseed? Fable? Myth? Legend? Well, while most of us probably have heard of Johnny Appleseed, many people may not know that he actually lived and that during his lifetime he was a man of widespread and high repute.

John Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774. He earned the nickname “Johnny Appleseed” because during the early 1800s he walked over a hundred thousand square miles of wilderness and prairie planting apple orchards in western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

As he traveled, he sold his trees to settlers and worked to make the wilderness a habitable place for pioneers who would follow. With every tree he sold, his fame spread; and by 1806, John Chapman had been nicknamed "Johnny Appleseed."

Chapman, a professional nurseryman, was a simple, deeply religious and kindly man who often donated what money he received. He was a vegetarian, traveled barefoot, wore a coffee sack with holes for his arms and legs and, as tradition has it, used the tin kettle he cooked in as a hat over his long, flowing hair.

Some of Johnny Appleseed’s orchards are well documented and still in existence. The trees in the orchards may descend, by seed or by grafting, from the ones he planted. To this day, statues of Johnny Appleseed can be seen; and festivals in his honor are held in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Appleseed is the official folk hero of Massachusetts.

So what does Johnny Appleseed have to do with March 11 each year? Well, although not formally recorded, it is believed John Chapman died on March 11, 1845. And there’s plenty of documentation in support of claims for “Johnny Appleseed Day” on March 11 as well as on September 26, the day of his birth.

So on Tuesday, be sure to celebrate “Johnny Appleseed Day” by including apples in your menu. Serve applesauce with a meal, offer fresh apples for snacks or bake an apple pie—or how about making candy or caramel apples with the kids, while letting them know that the fruit in their sugar-coated treats may well have descended from an apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed himself!

[Sources: America’s Library, Holidayinsights.com]

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