Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...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 , "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 16,07:24 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

How To Keep Your Furry Friends Healthy & Safe This Summer

Pets & Animal, Nature & Weather, Health & Wellness, Seasonal & Current Events

Everyone wants to enjoy a safe summer, pets included! Here are some ways to keep yours safe, happy, and healthy this season.

The summer can be a dangerous time not only for humans, but for our furry companions too. It’s important to practice proper summer safety procedures and precautions, and acknowledge that our pets can be just as distressed and bothered by the heat as we are. All living creatures need to stay cool and hydrated during the brutal summer months.

Think of your pet like you would anyone else. Would you enjoy going for a long walk barefoot on asphalt that has been toasting in the sun all day? No way! You’d be frantically hopping about, letting your feet touch the ground as little as possible, in an attempt to find the nearest patch of grass for relief. The same goes for your pets! Here are some more pointers on keeping your buddies safe this summer.

  • Never leave your pets in a parked car. Even if you have the windows open, or the air conditioner on temperatures in a car can rise rapidly and cause heat stroke and irreversible damage to your pet’s health. In many states leaving your pet in a parked vehicle during severely hot weather is illegal and criminal prosecution can be taken against you.
  • Summer is prime tick season. Check with your veterinarian for the safest treatments and medications to keep those pesky ticks off of your pet. Some over the counter pet shampoos can also be effective when removing ticks but much more labor intensive. Check your furry friends for the little buggers whenever they come back inside.
  • Make sure you always have clean, fresh water available for your pet. If you’re going out on a walk make sure to bring along enough for the both of you. At home leave some out in a bowl in case they need to rehydrate.
  • Pay attention to your pet’s behaviors. If you see them panting heavily, drooling excessively, or see an increase in their heart rate these could be signs that they are overheating. Be sure to keep elderly, sickly, and flat-nosed pets, like pugs, in cool, air conditioned rooms as they are more susceptible to overheating quickly.
  • Fans don’t always cut it. Although a fan might be enough to cool you off in the summertime pets like dogs, who sweat mostly through their paws, will not be thoroughly cooled off by a simple fan.
  • If you believe your pet may be suffering from heatstroke take their temperature. Their temperature should never trump 104 degrees. If it does give them small amounts of water to drink, place ice packs or cold, damp towels on their chest, head, and neck. Don’t run cold water over them, cool water is alright but never cold water. Take them to the vet immediately.

Now go on and enjoy the summer with your furry friends!

[Source: ASPCA, HumaneSociety]

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