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Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does! [Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
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NWS - Special Weather Statement

Mon, 2019-01-21 05:15

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
353 AM EST Mon Jan 21 2019

NYZ072>075-176-178-211700-
New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northern Queens-Southern Queens-
353 AM EST Mon Jan 21 2019

Temperatures in the single digits and low teens this morning
along with blustery northwest winds will result in dangerously
cold wind chills. Wind chill readings -10 to -14 degrees are
possible during the morning hours. Make sure to bundle up and wear
a hat and gloves if you go outdoors.

Avoid the nightmare of frozen/burst domestic water lines!

Sun, 2019-01-20 11:31




You should be aware that the coldest air of the winter thus far will reach Broad Channel this  weekend with accompanying frigid temperatures.  Dangerous wind chills 10 to around 15 below zero are being forecast tonight into Monday morning.!
The cold air will be dangerous for those spending time outdoors not properly dressed.  In addition to to the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia, the magnitude of the approaching cold air can also cause unprotected domestic water lines to freeze and possibly burst.  
Back on January 24, 2011, JFK recorded a low temperature of 6 degrees Fahrenheit with 28 mph winds and a wind chill of -18 degrees.  There were dozens of Broad Channel residents who found that their domestic water system lines had frozen and then had to spend hours dealing with the problem of thawing the frozen lines and the possible expensive repair scenario of a burst water line!
There are a few common sense things we can all do to prevent the problem of freezing pipes from occurring again during this coming cold snap.

Most importantly, make sure you have an adequate supply of home heating fuel on hand prior to the arrival of the approaching cold air mass and maintain your thermostat at no lower than 65 degrees.
Allow your faucets to run slightly as a steady trickle. (Note: Make sure the entire family knows that you are dripping the faucet intentionally to avoid a family member from inadvertently shutting it off entirely.)

Open sink base cabinets and let warmer room air circulate through the interior of the cabinet.
Wrap the problem pipe with electrical heat tape.
Insulate the problem pipe(s) with foam insulation wrap, especially those that run through unheated spaces.
Temper any currently unheated crawlspace by placing a heater in the crawlspace. You only need to elevate the crawlspace temperature to modestly above freezing - about 40°F.

Make sure all outside water bibs are covered/insulated.

And don't forget to check on any of your elderly/disabled neighbors during this cold snap.

Stay Safe....Stay Warm

Flash Freeze Possible this evening through Monday morning

Sun, 2019-01-20 09:41

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
849 AM EST Sun Jan 20 2019

NYZ178-179-211345-
Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
849 AM EST Sun Jan 20 2019A flash freeze is possible this evening into early Monday morning. Dangerous wind chills 10 to around 15 below zero are possible tonight into Monday morning.

Latest NWS Winter Storm Briefing

Sat, 2019-01-19 08:20

WxBriefing FB (2) by on Scribd

Winter Storm Watch Cancelled cancelled for our area

Sat, 2019-01-19 07:13

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
350 AM EST Sat Jan 19 2019

Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
350 AM EST Sat Jan 19 2019

...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

Snow accumulations are likely to only be around an inch with
no ice accumulation. Therefore, the winter storm watch has been
cancelled.

Coastal Flood Warning now in effect for Sunday morning's high tide

Sat, 2019-01-19 06:20

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service New York NY
441 AM EST Sat Jan 19 2019

...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 11 AM EST
SUNDAY...

The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a Coastal
Flood Warning, which is in effect from 4 AM to 11 AM EST Sunday.
The Coastal Flood Watch is no longer in effect.

* LOCATIONS...Vulnerable coastal areas along the Great South Bay
and Jamaica Bay.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...2-3 ft, above 6.3 foot astronomical high tide
at 7:30 am* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...There is an elevated threat of property
damage. Widespread flooding of vulnerable areas near the
waterfront and shoreline. Expect 2 to 3 feet of inundation above
ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. This will result
in numerous road closures and cause widespread flooding of low
lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and
homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront. Vehicles
parked in vulnerable areas near the waterfront will likely
become flooded. Flooding will also extend inland from the
waterfront along tidal rivers and bays.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...Breaking waves will result in beach
erosion and flooding along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, with
only minor damage possible to dune structures.

* TIMING...Around the times of high tide Sunday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or
occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert
for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and
property.

&&

Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour.

Jamaica Bay NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.5 FT, MODERATE 8.2 FT, MAJOR 9.0 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.6 FT, MODERATE 2.3 FT, MAJOR 3.1 FT

Total Total Departure
Day/Time Tide Tide from Norm Waves Flood
ft MLLW ft MHHW ft ft Impact
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
20/07 AM 8.3/ 8.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 0-2 Moderate

Moderate Coastal Flooding to accompany Sunday morning's high tide at 7:16 am

Fri, 2019-01-18 18:30

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service New York NY
320 PM EST Fri Jan 18 2019

...Moderate Coastal Flooding Possible Sunday Morning...

NYZ178-179-191200-
/O.NEW.KOKX.CF.A.0001.190120T1000Z-190120T1500Z/
Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
320 PM EST Fri Jan 18 2019

...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING...

The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a Coastal
Flood Watch, which is in effect from late Saturday night through
Sunday morning.

* LOCATIONS...Vulnerable coastal areas along the Great South Bay
and Jamaica Bay.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...Around 2 ft, locally 3 ft, above astronomical
tides.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Potential for widespread flooding of
vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. Potential
for 2 to 2 1/2 feet of inundation above ground level in low
lying, vulnerable areas. This will result in numerous road
closures and cause widespread flooding of low lying property
including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with
basements near the waterfront. Vehicles parked in vulnerable
areas near the waterfront will likely become flooded. Flooding
will also extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers
and bays.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...Breaking waves will result in beach erosion
and flooding, with only minor damage possible to dune
structures.

* TIMING...Moderate coastal flooding possible during the times of
high tide Sunday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Coastal Flood Watch means that conditions favorable for
flooding are expected to develop. Coastal residents should be
alert for later statements or warnings, and take action to
protect property.

NWS - Winter Storm Briefing

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:04

WxBriefing FB by on Scribd

Winter Storm Watch Remains in Effect

Fri, 2019-01-18 07:02



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
343 AM EST Fri Jan 18 2019

CTZ009>012-NJZ006-104>108-NYZ071>075-078-176>179-182100-
/O.CON.KOKX.WS.A.0001.190119T1700Z-190120T2300Z/
Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-Southern Middlesex-
Southern New London-Hudson-Eastern Bergen-Western Essex-
Eastern Essex-Western Union-Eastern Union-Southern Westchester-
New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-Northern Queens-
Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
343 AM EST Fri Jan 18 2019

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and
sleet accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of
up to one tenth of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut
and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult at any
point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday
afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to
quickly freeze over. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into
the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch - Saturday Afternoon through Sunday

Thu, 2019-01-17 16:55
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and sleet
accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to
one tenth of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut
and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult at any point
during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday afternoon
into the evening could cause any standing water to quickly
freeze over. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into the night
could bring down tree limbs and power lines.

This weekend - A total lunar eclipse of a Super Blood Moon!

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:53


"Total Lunar Eclipse" takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow. 


A "Supermoon" simply describes a phenomenon whereby the moon appears particularly large in the sky owing to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon.
"Bloodmoon" is when the moon,  in total eclipse, appears reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth's atmosphere.
This weekend, Sunday evening though early Monday morning, we will all have the opportunity to witness a total lunar eclipse of a Super Blood Moon!
A partial eclipse of this weekend's full Supermoon will begin at 10:34 pm Sunday evening and the moon will enter into and remain in a total eclipse from 11:41 pm through 12:44 am Monday morning and the eclipse will completely approximately 1 hour later at 1:50 am.

This week's Rockaway Times

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:48

Rockaway Times 11719 by on Scribd

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Thu, 2019-01-17 07:36

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
441 AM EST Thu Jan 17 2019

NYZ072>075-176-178-180945-
New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-Kings (Brooklyn)-
Northern Queens-Southern Queens-
441 AM EST Thu Jan 17 2019

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southeast New York.

A powerful winter storm will impact the area Saturday night into
Sunday. Specific details regarding precipitation types and amounts
remain uncertain.

In addition minor to moderate coastal flooding will be possible,
mainly with the Sunday morning high tide cycle.

Dangerous wind chills below zero are likely Sunday night through
Monday.

Broad Channel's Scott McCarthy is running for Public Advocate

Wed, 2019-01-16 08:16
Scott McCarthy is a resident of Broad Channel. He is running as a write-in candidate for Public Advocate.

“The Last Advocate”Dispatches
| on January 10, 2019By Scott McCarthy, Write-In Candidate For Public Advocate


The race for Public Advocate is shaping up to be crowded and expensive. This special election for a 10-month term is set to cost the taxpayers of New York City as much as $23 million dollars for an office that has an annual budget of $3.5 million dollars, only to need another set of elections at the end of the year for the same office that has amounted to nothing more than a way for politicians to pad their resumes on their way to higher offices.
Meanwhile, has the office effectively addressed and corrected any of the main issues facing our city since the office was created in 1993?

I would say public transportation has greatly declined, public housing remains in disrepair, corruption throughout our government hasn’t been this pervasive since the days of “Boss” Tweed and Tammany Hall, election reform has never been needed more and exactly what did the Public Advocate do to address the beach erosion that shut down several blocks of beachfront during the peak of the critical summer season?  
If any of the numerous established representatives running for the office is elected Public Advocate, they will immediately be focused on City Hall and its soon to be term limited Mayors seat, and the concerns of the residents become secondary to their career ambitions.
The office by definition should not be held by someone of the system they are supposed to be the watchdog of, as preexisting alliances could potentially create an immediate conflict of interest.
Right now the candidates and their volunteers are running around the city with clipboards in hand looking for the required signatures to get on the ballot, that will immediately be challenged by their opponents who are essentially trying to silence the voice of everyone who signed the petitions.
This is after each and every candidate has asked their supporters for their time and money, two commodities none of us have enough of.
These issues are why a vast majority of registered voters have become disenfranchised in the process and do not head to the polls on Election Day, with low turnouts being the norm which in turn keeps in power those who created the broken system that they benefit from.This is the system and process that needs to be protested by the people of New York, not at a rally, but at a voting machine where it will actually send a message to our elected officials that we have had enough of the business as usual.
This is why on Feb. 26, when you head out to vote, I want you to bypass all of the candidates and their catchy one-off party names like “Fix the MTA” and go to the bottom of the ballot, fill in the circle next to Write-In and then write Scott McCarthy. The 10 months of the term will be spent bringing unprecedented transparency to the office, but it begins with on Day 1 finding enough members of City Council that will support legislation that would abolish the wasteful office at the end of the term, and putting the $3.5 million annual budget it requires to better use towards fixing or expanding transportation (like reactivating the Rockaway Beach Line), improving the deplorable conditions of our public housing or fixing our election system that always seems to have widespread disarray each and every election.
I am not a career politician; I am not a well-known political pundit. I am like every New Yorker who goes to work and collects a paycheck and with each passing year finds the city we love pricing us out, and being the ones dealing with the fallout of political gamesmanship of our politicians.
The Public Advocate has always been a “me” seat, I intend to make it a “we” seat it was always intended to be for the last 10 months of its existence. I believe political offices should be won based on good ideas and integrity and not bought and paid for by influential donors.I am not asking you for a single cent to put in a campaign account.
I am not asking you for a single second of your time to volunteer that you should spend with your family and I won’t interrupt your dinner with a single phone call, I am only asking you for your vote.

NWS Special Weather Statement - ...Gusty West Winds Across the Tri-State Today...

Wed, 2019-01-09 08:32

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
430 AM EST Wed Jan 9 2019

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-
092130-
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Western Passaic-
Eastern Passaic-Hudson-Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen-
Western Essex-Eastern Essex-Western Union-Eastern Union-Orange-
Putnam-Rockland-Northern Westchester-Southern Westchester-
New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-Northeastern Suffolk-
Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-Northern Queens-
Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
430 AM EST Wed Jan 9 2019

Gusty west winds will develop early this morning across the Tri-
State and continue through the entire day. Wind gusts of 30 to 40
mph are expected. These gusts could bring down isolated small tree
limbs and possibly some power lines. These gusts could continue
into Thursday.