The National Weather Service has warned that wind gusts of more than 40 mph and half-inch hail could pound the North Fork Wednesday afternoon as a strong thunderstorm sweeps across the area.
And a tornado watch has been issued until 4:45 p.m. with forecasters spotting rotation within the thunderstorm.
Long Island has dealt with a very basic problem in recent years: there’s just not enough rain. (more…)
While some people believe it has been a colder, more rainy May than usual, weather experts say the total rainfall amount since April is currently below average. READ
It might seem like a distant memory now, but last month proved to be the driest May on record, according to the National Weather Service, making the steady rainfall of June 1 and June 2 a relief to some farmers in the area.
The meteorological agency reported that a scant 0.42 inches fell throughout the month, as measured in Islip — the official NWS station on Long Island.
That’s the least rainfall ever recorded in May since records started being kept in 1984. (more…)
Careful out there, drivers: a freezing rain advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The National Weather Service predicts that while just a trace of rain could fall on area roadways, that’s all it could take for a car to slide off the road — or into another car.
According to the NWS, “a glaze of ice will make travel treacherous and dangerous … especially on untreated and elevated surfaces. Numerous accidents have been reported due to the icy roads.”
Temperatures are expected to increase by late afternoon, though rain is forecast to persist.
The warning comes a couple of days after eight to 10 inches of snow hit the region. Freezing temperatures proved a challenge in the wake of the snow, as Riverhead Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson noted that salt spread by the town was unable to melt snow soon after it hit.
Temps ticked up yesterday, however, getting a fair amount of snow off of many roadways.