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"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 16,07:48 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Youtube Airs Presidential Debates

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For the first time ever, the debates for our highest elected office will be broadcast online.

52 years ago the first televised presidential debate took place between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The event was a phenomenon which drew in 70 million viewers, the majority of whom felt Kennedy won the debate handily. Though this claim has since been disputed, it has been widely reported that radio listeners—who could only hear the content of the arguments—felt Nixon had given the stronger performance, while television watchers—who could see Kennedy’s relatively virile appearance compared with Nixon’s unshaven, frail, tired and sickly look—leaned toward the more aesthetically appealing candidate. Whatever the true impressions of the radio audience, one thing was clear: on that night, the landscape of presidential debates was fundamentally, permanently transformed; physical presentation mattered more than ever before. Nixon, for what it was worth, learned his lesson immediately, dawning stage makeup and getting a proper day’s rest before each of his other three meetings with soon-to-be-President Kennedy.

Last night, our time honored tradition of presidential discourse entered yet another medium- the Internet. For the first time ever the debate was streamed in its entirety, live on Youtube. The Google-owned video service has created a full election hub from which to usher the election cycle into 21st century technology, equipped with both post-deliberation analysis and the ever (in)famous Youtube comments section.

Will this venture into modern mass media prove as revolutionary a change as the advent of TV broadcasting six decades ago? To be blunt, it probably won’t. At the end of the day, watching the candidates on a laptop is not so drastically different from watching them on TV; the same senses are ultimately used on either resource.

What then could be the effect of bringing national political dialogue to the forefront of the Internet? If anything, it may prove an effective means to energize the youth base. Young adults are unquestionably quicker to adopt new technologies than their elder counterparts; the jean-clad, rolled-up sleeve brandishing commentators who hosted Youtube’s post-debate commentary from the comfort of their couch certainly were not aiming to impress those with more traditional sensibilities. Of course, young “voters” are a notoriously difficult batch to rouse into action, often scorning the polling booth in unrivaled droves.

There is no sure way to predict the outcome of Youtube’s foray into politics. Sixty years from now people may look back on this day in the same light as we do Nixon-Kennedy, they may see it as another unsuccessful attempt to captivate a young, apathetic audience or, perhaps, they may hardly even remember it at all. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, there is an election to be had, with three more debates to precede it. Vice President Biden will be squaring off against Paul Ryan on October 11th, while President Obama and Mitt Romney will be coming to Long Island’s own Hofstra University before their final showdown. For those of us without a ticket to the Hofstra face-off, or any of the others for that matter, Youtube will be there for it all- streaming to laptops, computers, tablets, and smartphones across the nation.

 

Do you know who you'll be voting for? Are you undecided? Did you watch the debate on Youtube's election hub? Tell us about it below or on the Long Island Lounge.

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