03/23/17 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A planter in the corner of my balcony and the poor little crocuses trying their best. Most likely doomed!

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A planter in the corner of my balcony and the poor little crocuses trying their best. Most likely doomed!

If this is supposed to be spring, my inclination is to rewrap it and return it to sender, marked “Damaged in transit.” No resemblance to what I ordered.

However, history tells us that the famous Blizzard of ’88 (that’s 1888, not 1988) was in the second week of March, so we’re right on the mark, time wise, to be miserable. Fifty-five inches of snow fell then and 400 people died between Washington D.C. and Maine, if you can believe Google, so I guess we shouldn’t complain too much. Although to be honest, I like to complain and firmly believe it’s good for you, as in forget that “stiff upper lip” stuff. (more…)

12/10/13 9:53am
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A wintry mix began falling    on the North Fork about 9:30 a.m.

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A wintry mix began falling on the East End about 9:30 a.m.

Snow is falling on the East End, and it’s only going to get heavier.

Despite earlier predictions that the region would dodge the bulk of a snowstorm that hit the western part of Long Island earlier today, weather experts are now saying the East End could get a total of three to four inches of snow by day’s end.

“Things changed overnight,” said meteorologist Tim Morrin with the National Weather Service. “Temperatures are dropping and they will continue to drop.”

A mixture of rain and snow began falling on the North Fork just after 9:30 a.m. and is expected to change to all snow after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service station in Upton.

While areas farther west should get hit harder, Mr. Morrin said the North Fork could see “moderate” amounts of snow of up to four inches beginning to accumulate by 11 a.m. The snow will continue to fall through 4 p.m., when temperatures drop further below freezing, Mr. Morrin said.

“Travel conditions, especially by the rush hour, will deteriorate,” he said.

The NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for the region that is in effect until 5 p.m. today.

Mr. Morrin said the temperature will struggle to reach freezing on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to icy conditions and keeping the snow around for several days.

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03/06/13 10:39am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO  |  The scene in Cutchogue Saturday morning.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The scene in Cutchogue after last month’s blizzard.

As another winter storm bears down on the East End, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for eastern Suffolk County, saying the storm could bring as much as 10 inches to the area over the next two days.

The storm, which is building off the Carolinas, isn’t expected to move over the Northeast like most winter storms, but the sheer size of the nor’easter means the North Fork and Shelter Island will see some of its effects, said David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Station in Upton.

A rain/snow mix will begin Wednesday afternoon, with the precipitation changing to snow as the sun goes down, Mr. Stark said. Snow will generally be light, though there could be “occasional moments of moderate snowfall” through Thursday morning, Mr. Stark said. The storm will dump between 3 to 5 inches on the area overnight, Mr. Stark said.

Temperatures will warm up on Thursday afternoon, possibly leading to a wintery mix, but snow will move back into the area overnight into Friday, adding another couple of inches to the totals by Friday morning, he added.

Depending on the intensity of the storm, the North Fork and Shelter Island could see as much as 10 inches over the next 48 hours, Mr. Stark said. However there’s “still a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast,” which could mean the area could see less snowfall than predicted, he added.

A coastal flood warning is in effect for the area, as the storm could bring minor to moderate coastal flooding in susceptible areas, Mr. Stark said.

High winds are also a concern, with gusts near 50 mph overnight on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

By Saturday, the weather will have improved, Mr. Stark said.

“It looks like it’s going to be a very sunny weekend,” he said. “We just have to get through the next couple of days.”

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02/12/13 1:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Frozen mailboxes in Cutchogue Saturday morning.

More snow is coming to the East End Wednesday night, weather officials said, but forecasts show the coming storm won’t come close to matching last weekend’s blizzard.

“It’s a relatively minor system, a weak area of low pressure,” said Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in Upton.

Forecasts show the overnight storm will cover the area with about one to three inches, Mr. Morrin said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the storm was over Texas and Oklahoma and was causing winter storm warnings in that area. The snowstorm will move to the east and reach the Virginia coast by Wednesday night, Mr. Morrin said.

Clouds will increase throughout Wednesday and snow will begin falling sometime after 7 p.m., forecasts show. The snow is expected to stop by the morning commute, though temperatures around freezing may make roads slippery for Thursday morning, Mr. Morrin said.

“Hopefully the road crews will be able to get on that pretty quick,” he said.

The NWS is also tracking a potential second storm that could form off the East Coast this Saturday, Mr. Morrin said.

“It’s at a time frame where confidence is never really that high … but there are some signals that we could have a storm develop in the Northeast,” he said of the possible weekend storm.

The latest forecasts show that storm will likely stay off the coast and will not add more snow to the area, though Mr. Morrin stressed that prediction could change.

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