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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * 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 20 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 Jmc , "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 16,02:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

DEC Releases Draft Black Skimmer Conservation Management Plan

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Plan Will Guide Communities in Conservation Efforts of this Species of Special Concern

Long Island City, NY - July 16, 2014 - The public can now review and comment on the draft Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) Conservation Management Plan through September 2, 2014, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
 
The black skimmer is a medium sized colonial beach-nesting waterbird species that is related to the terns. It arrives in the spring to nest along New York's ocean coast and migrates back to its wintering grounds in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. It is of special conservation concern because of the limited distribution in New York and due to threats to its habitat. More information about the black skimmer can be found on DEC's website.
 
DEC drafted the management plan to help guide conservation actions to ensure the long term viability of this species in New York. "Wildlife management plans are extremely beneficial tools to help balance populations and environmental impacts," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "This plan will guide the efforts of DEC's wildlife staff involved in black skimmer management and inform local municipalities, land owners, colony site managers, and the general public of our management recommendations."
 
The draft Black Skimmer Conservation Management Plan provides a common sense approach that aims to find a balance between the ecological needs of the black skimmer and the societal needs of New York's residents and visitors. The plan describes black skimmer natural history, identifies the threats that influence successful breeding, and proposes appropriate management actions to ensure a sustainable population for generations to come. The overarching goal is to maintain a self-sustaining population that is secure in perpetuity. DEC is endeavoring to do this by maintaining an average of ten colonies and an average population of 550 breeding pairs over a typical 5-year period of time.
 
The plan lays out management, monitoring, research, and outreach tasks to help counteract many of the negative factors influencing skimmer breeding productivity in the state.
 
Management Actions:
  • Enhance existing habitat through proper beach maintenance such as raking, re-grading, and cleaning practices.
  • Restore historical nesting areas.
  • Place wrack (dead vegetation) in both natural & artificial ways.
  • Place sand and dredge spoil on beaches and salt marsh islands to counteract erosion and marsh island subsidence.
  • Maintain the integrity of vegetative communities along coastal beaches and salt marsh islands.
  • Attract skimmers to enhanced or restored areas by using visual and auditory methods.
  • Provide Best Management Practices for local managers to implement on a site specific basis.
Monitoring Actions:
  • Establish more accurate survey methods using remote sensing technology.

Research Actions:

  • Conduct banding surveys to assess how black skimmer move throughout the NY/NJ Bight.
  • Examine contaminants and toxins in black skimmer food sources.
  • Understand the distribution and abundance of food sources.
  • Establish a pilot project to assess the viability of creating rooftop habitat.

Outreach Actions:

  • Inform both residents and visitors how their actions can aid managers through local education efforts and distribution of black skimmer pamphlets.
  • Promote stewardship though volunteer activities such as beach cleanup events.
DEC will accept comments on the Black Skimmer Conservation Management Plan through September 2, 2014. The draft Conservation Management Plan can be found on DEC's website.
 
Comments and questions can be addressed to: Jason C. Smith, NYSDEC 4th Floor, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11415, or alternatively can be sent via email to R2Marine@dec.ny.gov. Please enter "Black Skimmer" in the address line of email.

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