Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * 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. 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. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,07:24 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

Long Island Fruit Picking

Things to Do » Kids Fun Guide » Fruit Picking on Long Island

New York is known as “The Big Apple” and many Long Islanders travel upstate for their fruit picking ventures, however, there are many locations on Long Island that fulfill every fruit picking need. Long Island has the most agriculturally rich land in the region. Despite its proximity to densely populated urban and suburban communities, Long Island’s east end is home to many different orchards and farms, making fruit picking a popular activity throughout the warmer months without having to travel too far. Over twenty kinds of fruits and vegetables are grown each year on Long Island.  
 
The arrival of ripe strawberries coincides with the early summer months, their natural sweetness matches the beautiful warm weather.  Strawberry picking has been a popular recreational activity on Long Island for decades. There are many pick-your-own strawberry farms, a fun place to bring the whole family between may and June.  Many locations on Long Island  offered strawberry picking during the height of its season from late May to June.
 
You can hardly enjoy the fall season without seeing a freshly carved jack-o-lantern for the Halloween season. The tradition of carving vegetables into lanterns stems back to Ireland and Scotland, where the vegetable of preference was a turnip. Pumpkins bring the opportunity for many more seasonal activities and treats.  Pumpkin picking on Long Island dominates the east end during the fall, and any drive out east will inevitably bring you to a dozen or more harvest farm stands with pumpkins up front or back in the fields for picking.  Decorative gourds are available at nearly all stands, as well as canned fruits, cider, Long Island sweet corn and other seasonal treats. Pumpkins are usually available from mid to late September through October. 
 
Apple picking is also a fun activity that defines New York state and is not too far away for us Long Islanders. Apple season stretches from early September to late October, and is often associated with popular treats such as apple cider and apple cider doughnuts, roasted corn on the cob, and other delicious baked goods.
 
Berry picking on Long Island is a popular activity during the summer’s warmest month, July. Long Island farms offer pick-your-own options for blueberries, raspberries, cherries and blackberries. These naturally fresh summer treats also make delicious jams and jellies to provide a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the winter.
 
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