Boat capsized while fishing the Moriches Inlet – Cupsogue Beach

By Paul Peluso About 9:45 this morning a boat with one occupant capsized while fishing just outside of Moriches Inlet. According to witnesses, the 20′ center console was fishing close to shore and took a wave over stern. The fisherman tried to bilge the water out but it either didn’t work or couldn’t handle the volume of […]

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October 7, 2017

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale – Should it be updated?

Tropical Cyclone formation regions with mean tracks (courtesy of the NWS JetStream Online School) The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of […]

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October 2, 2017

Waterspout off of Cupsogue Beach

This is very unusual for Cupsogue and/or Smith Point or any other south shore beaches. Waterspout off of Cupsogue Beach moving towards Smith Point Credit: Bob Brown, Manorville A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water. Some are connected to a cumulus congestus […]

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September 30, 2017

OLD INLET BREACH FLYOVER 2017-09-24

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 24, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: I completed another over flight today to see what Jose’s waves had done.  The island in the middle of the breach was removed and the […]

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September 25, 2017

Irma sucked the ocean away, people can literally walk on the ocean floor (video)

Irma sucked the ocean away, people can literally walk on the ocean floor (video) By Jill Cueni-Cohen, 9/10/2017 Hurricane Irma is a monster. There is no better proof than the video below. A beach-goer in the Bahamas was shocked to find that the ocean water was gone at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning — all […]

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September 10, 2017

How hurricanes form

By Ginger Zee September 6, 2017; 5:05 AM Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 blasting through the Caribbean this week, and Hurricane Harvey, a devastating storm that tore through southeast Texas less than two weeks ago, both began as a group of thunderstorms moving west off the west coast of Africa — which is how some […]

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September 9, 2017

OLD INLET BREACH FLYOVER 2017-09-08

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 8, 2017. The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By clicking between images and using the fade in-out button you can clearly […]

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September 9, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Always Close the Interior Doors In Your Home Before a Hurricane

BY MADISON ALCEDO SEP 7, 2017 There’s no such thing as being over-prepared when you know a natural disaster is headed your way. Especially when a hurricane is quickly approaching, preparedness is key to staying safe. Whether you evacuate or decide to wait it out at home, there’s an important way to protect your home […]

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September 7, 2017

Fujiwhara effect

Is it possible for Hurricane Irma to “dance” with Hurricane Jose? The Fujiwhara effect, sometimes referred to as Fujiwara interaction or binary interaction, is when two nearby cyclonic vortices orbit each other and close the distance between the circulations of their corresponding low-pressure areas. The effect is named after Sakuhei Fujiwhara, the Japanese meteorologist who […]

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September 6, 2017