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"Severe Thunderstorm Watch" Severe Thunderstorm Watch 415 remains in effect until 800 PM EDT NY . New York counties included are Bronx Broome Chemung Columbia Delaware Dutchess Greene Kings Nassau New York Orange Putnam Queens Richmond Rockland Schuyler Steuben Suffolk Sullivan Tioga Tompkins Ulster Westchester , "Heat Advisory" ...Heat advisory remains in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening... * heat index values...around 100 due to temperatures around 90 and dewpoints in the lower 70s. * Timing...highest heat indices late this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of the heat and humidity will increase the risk for heat related health issues...especially for the elderly...those with chronic health problems such as lung and heart disease...those working outdoors...and other heat sensitive groups of people. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours. To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1. , "Special Statement, Air Quality Alert" ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 345 PM EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 1053 am EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1053 am EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Monday Jul.25 16,04:00 PM

The 2013 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting: Livening Up NYC for the Holidays

With Christmas time fast-approaching, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is welcoming the holiday with its annual tree lighting on December 4th.

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With the first small snowfall of the season only just behind us, and shops across the Island beginning to deck the halls, it’s sure beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The most festive time of the year is fast-approaching, and Long Island is already prepping for a fun-filled holiday season. Tons of tree lighting ceremonies are underway across Long Island but the most infamous of all is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree of New York City

This year marks the 81st anniversary of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the date is set for Wednesday, December 4th between 7 - 9 PM. The tree will be lit up by approximately 45,000 multi-colored twinkling LED lights, and topped with a breathtaking Swarovski crystal star that is 9.5 feet in diameter, and weighs in at 550 pounds!  
 
On the 4th, tens of thousands of local New Yorkers and tourists from around the globe will crowd Rockefeller Plaza for the big event to take pictures and experience the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. Meanwhile, in living rooms across the country, millions will cozy up on their couches with hot chocolate to watch the tree light up - you can watch the ceremony live this year on NBC.
 
The 76-foot-tall Norway Spruce, which was generously donated by the Vargoshe family, was already delivered to Manhattan earlier this month. At 46 feet in diameter, it weighs 12 tons and is roughly 75 years old.  
 
If you were wondering where the tradition of the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree all started, check out some fun facts about the tree’s history: 
  • The first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was set up in 1931 by construction workers building Rockefeller Center in celebration of the new site. 
  • The first lighting ceremony wasn’t until 1933. 
  • The tallest tree recorded was 100 feet in 1999.  
With this year’s tree decoration process complete, it is now waiting to be lit. Once the holiday season is over, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for future use as lumber.
 
This year’s tree will be available for viewing between the hours of 5:30 AM and 11:30 PM and will remain lit until 11 PM on January 7th, 2014 so you can even see the tree after Christmas! If you can’t get enough, check out the local Christmas Tree Lightings taking place near you!
 
Photo by Alsandro, via WikiCommons.