06/08/15 12:08pm
06/08/2015 12:08 PM
A wind turbine in Laurel. (Credit: File photo)

A wind turbine in Laurel. (Credit: File photo)

The National Weather Service has issued a severe winds warning for eastern Long Island today, Monday, effective into late this afternoon.

According to the Weather Service warning, winds may reach up to 40 to 45 miles per hour.

NWS meteorologist Jay Engle said there’s also a chance of severe thunderstorms later tomorrow. Showers are expected to begin around 10 p.m. tonight. Temperatures are expected to be low on Monday, reaching a high of 66. Tuesday is expected to be warmer, with a high of 75.

There is also a high rip current risk at all ocean-facing beaches today, according to Mr. Engle.

“Don’t go in the water unless you’re an expert swimmer and lifeguards are on duty,” he said, adding that further rip current safety tips can be found on the local National Weather Service center’s Facebook page.

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06/02/15 12:00pm
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Rainfall on Monday and Tuesday came as a welcome change of pace for local crops. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Rainfall on Monday and Tuesday came as a welcome change of pace for local crops. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

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…)