Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory...which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday. * Locations...Metro New York City and New Jersey and Long Island. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous windchills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...as low as 20 to 25 below due to temperatures of 5 above to 5 degrees below zero...and northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. 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. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * 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. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * 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. -- Friday Feb.12 16,03:24 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Super Star Gazing Spots

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Visit one of Long Island’s observatories, or grab a blanket and lay outside on a clear night, and gaze up at the night’s sky to ...

It’s beautiful and relaxing to just look up at the night sky. Gaze up at the lit up sky with its masses of twinkling stars - which you can see even though they are light years away. Star gazing gives people an opportunity to reflect and be contemplative about the beauty of nature and the many wonders and mysteries that our universe holds.

Long Island may seem too populated and light polluted to be an amazing star gazing location, but Long Island has many super star gazing spots for viewers to bask in the dazzling night sky sights. Whether you decide to go by yourself, take a date for a romantic evening, or bring the whole family and learn something new together, the Island has the perfect star gazing spot for you.

In forewarning, before you decide to go out star gazing make sure you go on a night when it is clear, cloudless, and not hazy or rainy. These conditions lessen visibility and you want to go when you can see the most and get the most out of your visit. A full moon is also bad for looking at stars. The fuller the moon the bigger and brighter it is washing out everything else around it in the night sky.

Custer Observatory – The Custer Observatory, located in Southold, offers visitors a unique opportunity to spend Saturday nights (9 PM to midnight from May through August) looking up at the stars. The Custer Observatory is the oldest observatory on the Island from circa 1927. Take a tour of the facilities and let the knowledgeable staff be your guide to the night sky.

Robert Moses State Park Located in Babylon, Robert Moses State Park offers star gazing permits for those who wish to frequent their property and take advantage of its prime location. Permits are $30 for NYS registered vehicles and $55 for out of state registered vehicles. This is also a popular spot for local star observer societies so you may luck out and go on a night they are having one of their meetings, then you can learn a little more about what you’re gazing up at.

Vanderbilt Museum The museum has year-round viewings of the night sky in Centerport on Fridays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you purchase a planetarium show ticket the observatory uses are free but if you do not then it costs $3. Viewings are always weather permitting so always remember the forewarning from earlier!

Montauk & the Hamptons - The eastern forks of Long Island are the best spots to star gaze. As you go further out on the Island the less light pollution there is. Check each town’s regulations and information about which beaches and parks allow the public to use their facilities at night so you can take advantage of the darker side of the Long Island sky.

What are some other great star gazing spots you know of on Long Island?

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