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"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior 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 25 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. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior 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 25 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 16,02:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

California Chrome Misses Triple Crown Win

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The California bred crowd favorite, California Chrome, finishes fourth in a dead heat today at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.

History was almost made today at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY when 3-5 favorite California Chrome raced for the Triple Crown Championship. The Triple Crown win has not been accomplished since 1978, a whole thirty-six years ago. It seems the draught will live on though with California Chrome earning fourth place in a dead heat with Wicked Strong. Approximately, only a dozen horses have even made it to the Belmont Stakes, after winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and won.

Zealous fans arrived in masses to the Belmont Stakes to cheer on the underdog whose owners were initially called, “dumbasses” for purchasing a mare who showed no indication of being able to produce a champion offspring. Fans also showed their support by wearing purple nose pieces, being sold 2 for $5, that matched California Chromes own breath-assisting nasal strip, which he was permitted to wear in the high stakes, high pressure race.

You could just hear the disappointment of the crowd when the California bred chestnut colt and 42 year old jockey Victor Espinoza from Vera Cruz, Mexico crossed the finish line in a fourth place tie. California Chrome, who had ran in the previous races, unlike some of his competitors, could not hold it out on the longer mile-and-a-half Belmont track.

The ending results of the race were as follows, Tonalist won first place, Commissioner won second, Medal Count came in third, and California Chrome and Wicked Strong both won a dead heat in fourth.

The last time Belmont almost saw Triple Crown glory was back in 2002 when I’ll Have Another could not perform in the race due to injury.

Pictured - California Chrome at the 139th Annual Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD.
Image by Maryland GovPics via Wikimedia under Creative Commons 2.0

[Sources: ESPN, ABC]

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