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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Places To See And Learn About Beautiful Butterfly Species

Get educated about, and up close and personal with, a variety of butterfly species housed right here on Long Island.

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Butterfly houses and gardens are wonderful places to make a trip out to this summer. They are great locations to bring the kids who can enjoy a scientific, hands on, up close encounter with various species of butterfly. Adults will find something worthwhile at the butterfly houses and gardens too. You can spend the day snapping away macro photography shots, and basking in the beauty of nature and complete metamorphosis, something you don’t often get to see quite so close-up or in an enclosed space.

Most of the centers also offer their own education on the butterflies. Some of the education includes learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, metamorphosis, diet, indigenous regions, how to attract your own butterflies, and create a butterfly friendly garden. You will be in awe as these beautifully colored creatures fly around you and land around your path. They may even decide to take a rest on you! It’s important in these sorts of atmospheres to be very careful and aware of your surroundings. You don’t want to accidentally hurt any of the butterflies in the exhibit. Also, as exciting as the prospect of having a butterfly land on you is, do not go after the butterflies or try to catch them. Be patient and let them come to you. This way is much safer for the butterflies and provides a much more natural experience.

Where To Go:

Sweetbriar Nature Center, Smithtown: Open June-September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $3 for senior citizens. Sweetbriar supplies its guest with educational cards about the different species, has an emergence cage in which to view the stages of metamorphosis, and has staff posted around to answer any questions you may have.

The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank: The Butterfly Farm in Yaphank is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. up until September. A $2 donate per guest is requested. Here you can get up close looks at the anatomical features of the butterflies, learn about host plants for larvae, and view the stages of the butterfly life cycle.

Long Island Exhibition Center, (right next to the Long Island Aquarium) Riverhead: The Exhibition Center offers a year-round butterfly exhibit. They have approximately 1,000 butterflies housed in their 5,000 square foot enclosure. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 for children, $12.50 for adults, and free for those under 3 years of age.

Main Street Nursery, Huntington: This location’s Butterfly Zoo is seasonal and only open during the summer months. You can also throw a party here and visit the Butterfly Zoo as part of the festivities.

Though not located on Long Island, but still close enough if you’d like to take a day trip, the Butterfly Garden at the Bronx Zoo, open from April-October, is not to be missed. The Butterfly Garden provides maps to help visitors identify all of the different species of winged beauties they see along the garden trail. You can even take a look into their nursery to see how the butterflies are taken care of. Along the path in the garden there are also tips provided on how to attract butterflies and how to grow a garden of your own at home that will collect its own butterfly swarm. The fee is $5.

Did you learn anything new during your visit? What species of butterfly did you encounter? Did you get lots of great pictures? Comment and let us know!

[Source: Bronx Zoo, Newsday, Sweetbriar, CCEsuffolk]