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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Winter Blahs

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Winter Blahs - Ray Lackey How are your bees doing? I hope you had them prepared for the winter. Don't forget to get out there and clear drifted snow away from the entrances since it ...

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Winter Blahs - Ray Lackey
How are your bees doing? I hope you had them prepared for the winter. Don't forget to get out there and clear drifted snow away from the entrances since it will often melt and refreeze into a solid block of ice and prevent air exchange and bee access. Make sure the mouse guards are still in place. Be ready to supply supplemental feed as winter stores are consumed and brood rearing gets going in late winter. You have all of this to do so why are you feeling down. The bees aren't sitting still, and neither should you.

Even though you don't see them, the bees are very active. The queen has started laying the eggs that will be your field force come spring. A normal worker bee only lives for six weeks but the winter bees live for several months, partially protected from the normal wear and tear on their bodies. They are, however, reaching the end of their expected lifetime and will fail fast as they start making flights. Your bees thus need to be raising replacements.

The replacements are expensive for your bees to raise at this time of year. Each worker bee larva requires one cell of honey to develop and grow to maturity. Thus as the brood area expands, so does the honey consumption. The developing larva requires protein besides the honey. The bees stored some pollen under honey last fall for this time. If they deplete the pollen, which has lost some of its available protein anyway, the nurse bees start taking protein from their own bodies to make up their dietary needs, further depleting your bees. Supplemental feeding of sugar water and a pollen substitute can be a big boost to the colony at this time of the year.

Each day that the weather warms up a little, say around 50 degrees F, your bees will get out and about. As a minimum, they will take cleansing flights to dump digestive wastes. The scouts will also hunt for any blooming plants. Really! There are some! If you live near wet lands, there is skunk cabbage, which heats its flower so well that the snow melts away from it. Witch Hazel is blooming in the woodlands and around suburban yards. Even spring bulbs will jump the gun during warm spells and start blooming.

So stop grunting around the house and get to work! This is a good time to be checking over equipment, ordering replacements, studying up on status of diseases and resistant strains of bees, and maybe ordering some new stock of bees and queens! Read another book on beekeeping and brush up on your knowledge. Garden catalogs are the only ones that get mailed out in January. I've sure received one from every supplier I ever heard of, and some new ones. As spring hits, the yard and garden work piles up and then you will be wondering why you didn't take care of these tasks last winter.

While you are making plans, the Eastern Apiculture Society's conference is during the first week in August in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ( http://www.capecod.com/bcba/eas2001.html ) This is a great place to take a three-day short course on beekeeping, offered at different levels. Plan on attending!