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Winter’s second encore March 29, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Personal, Photography, Weather.
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A second encore performance of snow affected my area yesterday. We were on the western fringe of a storm that left at least 2 to 4 inches of snow in Central and Eastern Suffolk County. Here in Nassau, snowfall was minimal.

We were treated to intermittent snow showers during the day that barely accumulated:
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There was a little more snow at night that left a solid coating:
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Here’s what the coating looked like at around 8:30 this morning:
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The late March sun has already melted most of it. Surely this was the last snow of the season, right?

Winter’s encore March 21, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Personal, Photography, Weather.
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The snow of two Thursdays ago turned out not to be the last snow of the season. An encore performance came through yesterday. This time, it was entirely wet snow. Thanks to two weeks of above-freezing temperatures, in addition to the strength of the mid-March sun, not much snow stuck on pavement. I measured an inch in the driveway last night as the snow was tapering off. The front lawn accurately represented the snowfall: 5 inches.

Below is a timeline of the snowfall from start to finish, followed by today’s rapid melting.

March 20
1:29 PM:
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2:59 PM:
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4:31 PM:
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6:40 PM, five minutes before the vernal equinox:
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8:05 PM, 80 minutes into spring:
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9:49 PM, as snow tapered off:
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March 21
8:36 AM, during a remnant snow shower:
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9:24 AM:
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1:21 PM:
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3:19 PM:
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4:13 PM:
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There may not be any snow left on the ground by Monday, and that may be the last we see until late fall. Happy spring.

WCWP-FM 50th Anniversary Celebration March 20, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Education, Media, Personal, Photography, Radio, Video.
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WCWP 88.1 FM, LIU Post’s radio station, commemorated 50 years on the air with an anniversary dinner Saturday night at Page One Restaurant in Glen Cove, and a celebratory anniversary show Monday afternoon.

The dinner marked my first time back at Page One in nine years when WCWP had its annual station dinner there. Here’s an exterior shot I took prior to the 2003 station dinner:

Station banner inside Page One:
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A couple of group shots with the banner:
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WCWP-FM signed on 50 years ago Monday at 4PM, which was marked by a four-hour anniversary show that ran an hour before to three hours after that original sign-on.

Hank Neimark provided that original sign-on. WCWP station manager Dan Cox shot a picture at 4:00:00 today of Hank reprising his sign-on (courtesy WCWP Alumni Association Facebook group):
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Here’s how it sounded…:

…and looked (via Bobby Guthenberg):

The full four hours can be heard here.

March 5 winter storm pictures, March 6 aftermath pictures March 6, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Media, News, Personal, TV, Weather.
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In a 52-hour period, my area went from snow to sleet and freezing rain to rain and back.

It all began late Tuesday afternoon. A couple of inches of snow fell before the evening changeover, but it was washed away by the rain. Temperatures got as high as the mid 40s on Wednesday, allowing me to clear any slush set into the driveway by tire tracks.

For a while, it seemed like there wouldn’t be too much snow on Thursday. Computer forecast models were pushing the snow south. But as night fell, the models yanked the storm back north and had it starting and ending later. 4 to 8 inches of snow were forecast, with News 12 Long Island upping that to 5 to 10 on Thursday morning.

The rain changed to wet snow at around sunrise, switching to regular snow as the morning progressed and temperatures fell.

By afternoon, temperatures were down in the mid 20s and the snow continued to accumulate. I periodically brought my standard ruler to the driveway to measure. There were 2 inches at 11:40 AM, 4 1/2 inches at 2:22 PM, and 7 inches by 4:12.

But at 4:40, even though it was still snowing, I went out to the driveway and began shoveling. My sister came home ten minutes after I started and helped me shovel. We finished at 5:30.

After an hour break, which included a dinner of pasta and homemade ground turkey meat sauce, I went back outside for more shoveling. By now, the snow had ended. Another inch had fallen on top of what I shoveled earlier. This time, I only took a half hour.

The 8 inches of snow in my driveway matched the snow totals in Levittown, North Merrick, and Rockville Centre, according to the National Weather Service. Melville and East Northport ended up with 9 inches.

Below is a photo timeline of the snow from beginning to end, and then the day after (today).

March 5:
8:26 AM:
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11:19 AM:
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1:02 PM:
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2:18 PM:
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5:43 PM, after shoveling with help from my sister:
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7:31 PM, after additional shoveling:
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March 6:
9:57 AM:
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Temperatures were in the low 20s, but the March sun was strong enough to melt the snow anyway. The high today was 30 degrees.

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10:19 AM:
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11:28 AM:
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2:55 PM:
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This is the last day with high temperatures below freezing for the foreseeable future, and maybe even for the season. And if this turned out to be the last snow of the season, it went out on a high note.

Guest reading at my old elementary school March 5, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Books, Education, Personal, Photography, Weather.
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Later guest reading posts: 2016, 2017, 2018

I was at Leo F. Giblyn School in Freeport on Monday as a guest reader for Dr. Seuss Spirit Week. I read Dr. Seuss books to four different classes and an unrelated weather book to a fifth class.

It was great to be back where I attended third and fourth grade. (I spent kindergarten, first grade, and second grade up the road at Archer Street.) My mother has been a teaching assistant at Giblyn for about 25 years and my sister has also worked there in many roles for about a decade.

The books I read on Monday were One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Dr. Seuss’s ABC; and Gerald McBoing Boing, which I read twice.

The first Gerald McBoing Boing reading was the highlight of my day. I did impressions for two of the characters. One voice was Don Adams’ Maxwell Smart (which was an impression of William Powell) and the other was Casey Kasem with a hint of Vin Scully. When I noted in the Q&A that Casey was also the voice of Shaggy on the various Scooby-Doo series, I ended up taking several cartoon character voice requests.

When I wasn’t reading, I was jumping from classroom to classroom taking pictures of other guest readers.

The kids loved me, especially since I was Mrs. Chimeri’s son and Ms. Chimeri’s brother. Case in point, the next day, my sister told me one student said “your brother was awesome.” The teachers I saw agreed with that assessment.

I’d love to come back again. It was a busy day, but I enjoyed it. I’ll conclude this post with a collage I made from candid shots taken while I read:

I made the collage because I don’t know if I’m allowed to post full pictures with students in them without parents’ permission.