Weather Alert  

"Dense Fog Advisory, High Wind Watch" ...Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST Sunday... ...High wind watch remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a dense fog advisory...which is in effect until 10 am EST Sunday. * Dense fog...visibilities dropping to one quarter mile or less. * Dense fog timing...into Sunday morning. * Dense fog impacts...significantly reduced visibilities will make travel difficult. * High winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * High wind timing...strongest winds will likely occur from mid morning Monday into Monday evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Limited visibilities will make travel very difficult. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph... or gusts of 58 mph or higher... may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to one quarter mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your low beam headlights...and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST Sunday... ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a dense fog advisory...which is in effect until 10 am EST Sunday. * Winds and seas...east winds 35 to 45 kt with gusts 50 to 55 kt. Seas 7 to 11 feet...and as high as 9 to 12 feet east of Orient Point. * Visibility...1 nm or less through early Sunday morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Saturday Jan.21 17,10:36 PM

South Shore of Long Island

The South Shore of Long Island is more than just the coastline open to the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Most Long Islanders consider the South Shore to encompass the entire southern half of Long Island, beginning at the Long Island Expressway.  Again, Long Islanders generally agree that the south shore stretches from the western border of Nassau County to Montauk Point in eastern Suffolk, but there are some who feel that even the Rockaway Beaches of Queens County is also part of the South Shore.

It’s difficult to easily summarize the culture of the South Shore.  Each town has its own identity, social identity and political leanings.  Like the North Shore, there are some vestiges of the Gilded Age, including the country homes of the Vanderbilts (now Dowling College) and the Gardiners, and the Bayard-Cutting estate is now called the Bayard-Cutting Arboretum, which is open to the public six days a week.

One of the most popular areas on the South Shore is the Hamptons, a world-renowned seaside resort. Several private, town, county and state beaches line the South Shore, and ocean side living plays a major role in the identity of the South Shore.  Man-made channels provide boaters access deep into the mainland, and it is not uncommon for houses along these waterways to lack street parking, yet have boat garages.

Many ferries connect the South Shore to Fire Island, which like the distinct regions of the mainland, has a culture all its own.  Primarily populated during the peak summer months, Fire Island attracts visitors from all over the world.  Fire Island National Seashore is a 26-mile protected area that is also home to 17 private residential communities.  The Sunken Forest of Fire Island is a globally rare maritime holly forest that is only found between sand dunes from Massachussets to New Jersey and attracts thousands of visitors each year from school children to ecologists and researchers.