Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...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. 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 16,04:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Where to Go Fly a Kite on Long Island: The Best Open Areas for a Relaxing Afternoon

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Take advantage of the beautiful weather this Memorial Day Weekend and take a kite out to your local park, beach, or State Park to fly ...

Kite flying is a popular pastime among the young and old, and there are many variations on the simple diamond kite, such as a delta, or a triangular shape, a dragon, a box, or a parafoil kite.  Kites can easily be found at many sporting goods stores, and range in price from the very inexpensive to more pricey versions, depending on the materials used.  If you are looking for a cheap way to have fun at the beach or the park, consider making your own kite using fabric from old sheets or use a plastic garbage bag, some dowels or bamboo skewers, and plenty of thin string.  Long Island has many great places to fly homemade or store-bought kites that are far from trees, power lines, and cars.  Whether you are an amateur kite flier or you have been flying kites for years, take a look at these great locations to try out your kite and enjoy a relaxing day outside.

Where to Fly Your Kite
According to the New York State Parks Department, kite flying is permitted at the following state parks on Long Island: Belmont Lake, Bethpage, Captree, Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow, Heckscher, Hempstead Lake, Hither Hills, Jones Beach, Montauk Point, Orient Beach, Robert Moses, Valley Stream, and Wildwood.

Here are the specific kite flying areas in each park:

  1. Belmont Lake- Between comfort station and the lake.
  2. Bethpage- Picnic area playfields when not in use during the spring and fall only.
  3. Captree- Overlook parking field, north of picnic area.
  4. Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow - parking field 2 and west of the bathing beach, playing area east of field 1, area east of field 3, picnic area west of field 4 and on beachfront where lifeguards are not on duty.
  5. Heckscher- Fields 1 and 6, field 1 south of office, field 6 east of picnic grove.
  6. Hempstead Lake- Open field area, south of Schodack Pond.
  7. Hither Hills- Guarded bathing beach area, however not between flags.
  8. Jones Beach- Picnic area east of field 6.
  9. Montauk Point- On beach west of refreshment stand.
  10. Orient Beach- shoreline east and west of refreshment stand.
  11. Robert Moses- Field 3 & 4, east and west of bathing area. Field 2 & 5, west of the bathing area.
  12. Valley Stream- Ballfields when space is available.
  13. Wildwood- Playfield west of camp entrance.

Many local parks and beaches are also great sites for kite flying, such as Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai and Bald Hill in Farmingville.  As long as your local park does not have tall structures or phone lines that could snag your kite, feel free to bring your kite and let it fly!

Kite Flying Tips

  • Avoid flying kites over piping plover nesting areas. Piping plovers nest in sandy areas, and their nests are typically marked by a sign alerting parkgoers to keep their distance so as to not disturb the birds.  Kites can scare the birds away from their nets, as piping plovers may think that the kite is a predator.  Do not fly kites near these nesting sites from April 1 through August 30.  For more information on piping plover nesting sites that are near kite flying areas, click here.
  • Pick a clear, open area away from tall buildings, cars, power lines, and trees that might snag your kite.
  • Never fly your kite during a storm.
  • Wind that is too strong or too light makes it difficult to fly your kite.  Look for a day with a light breeze of about 5 to 25 mph.
  • Always give space to other kite fliers so that your kite lines do not get tangled.

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