Record heat waves followed by extreme storms, biblical rainfalls driven by destructive winds, sea levels rising several feet by the end of the century, Wades and Crescent beaches gone, marshes and creeks only memories, infrastructure collapsing, freshwater wells salted out and surrounding bays flooded with poisons.
Not a dystopian movie treatment, but predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from four years ago. (more…)
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A storm-driven high tide battering the bulkhead in front of The Pridwin.
Sky-gazers enjoyed a rare sight Sunday, January 20, as a supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse. The celestial phenomenon also brought unusual tidal patterns. These tides — the highest and lowest of the year — are colloquially known as the king tides.
“It’s at a time where the Earth is actually a little bit closer to the sun, and you have the Earth, sun and moon all aligned. It’s that little extra boost,” said Peconic Baykeeper Peter Topping ahead of a high-tide flyover of the twin forks January 23. (more…)
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The Miss Nancy fishing boat moving through Greenport Harbor.
Commercial fisherman in New York are in the midst of a fluke fishing closure that will run until the end of the month. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on the hunt recently from a tree stand.
The 2017 hunting season has been declared among the safest on record by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. (more…)
MARTIN BURKE First light at Wades Beach.
Although the Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board has earmarked $30,000 so the town’s Public Works Department can finish work on a new bathroom at Wades Beach, there are now questions about putting a nitrogen-reducing septic system at the location. (more…)