by Amy Freeze
Weather is connected to everything around us. From the way we feel to the clothes we buy, the foods that are available to eat, how we travel, which plants grow, even the money we make is affected by the storms that come our way. Meteorologist Amy Freeze blogs about what's happening in the AccuWeather Five Day Forecast and how weather affects our day-to-day lives.

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Amy Freeze is Meteorologist for WABC-TV's popular Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday Morning.

Amy is one of only a few women in the world who has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. She also holds Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association.

Get your New York City weather and Tri-State area AccuWeather forecast here on 7online!

Amy joined Channel 7's Eyewitness News Weather Team in 2011, after serving as Chief Meteorologist for Fox News in Chicago. Before that she was a meteorologist at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV, was morning meteorologist at KMGH-TV in Denver and worked on KPTV's local morning news program "Good Day Oregon" in Portland. Her work has earned her several Emmy Awards, including for "Best Weathercaster," "Outstanding Host" and for her weather special, "Surviving Severe Weather."

Amy holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. She also has a B.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, with an emphasis on Severe Weather and Forecasting.

An avid runner, Amy has completed marathons in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and New York, completing the New York City Marathon in 2002 and 2011. She's also a certified SCUBA diver and has taken a swim with the dozen or so 300lb sharks that reside at the New Jersey State Aquarium. She has reported on movies and entertainment, covered the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, and was the first female sideline reporter for Major League Soccer.  Amy also worked on the NFL Sidelines during Chicago Bears Games for four seasons.

Amy gives time to her community speaking to school children about weather and supporting charitable causes. She has emceed the Miss Illinois/Miss America Pageant in Chicago, the Miles to Fight Melanoma Race and won Chicago's "Dancing with the Stars" contest benefitting the March of Dimes.

Born in Utah and raised Southern Indiana, Amy has lived in eight states. She is married and lives on the Upper West Side with her four children.

And yes, "Freeze" is her real name!

 

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12/06/2012

Jay Z Takes the Subway

... you never know who you will meet on the R train to Brooklyn....

This was a fun story to do... following Jay Z's release of the documentary "Where I am From" about his 8 shows at the Barclay Center.  It was acutally his ride on the subway to his final show that had people talking.  He say next to a woman from Brooklyn who had no idea who he was... she was born in Williamsburg about 10 minutes from Jay Z's childhood neighborhood of Bed-Stuy.  Below is the story about 67-year-old Ellen Grossman meeting Jay Z.  She says she thinks she's luck to have met him - because of the way he made her feel in their one on one conversation on the Subway.  #NewYork  

STORY by Amy Freeze about Jay Z meeting Ellen

 

Video Clip of the woman who met Jay Z

You Tube of the Documentary WHERE I AM FROM

You Tube of Ellen and Jay Z

Hurricane Warnings Change Because of Sandy

The National Hurricane Center made a major announcement for the hurricane warning procedure following a review of how Sandy was handled. 

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In the wake of Sandy… the National Hurricane Center has modified their warning system.  Bascially the wording on the Sandy warnings was not aggressive enough due to the limitations of the definitions… which are now more broad.

Beginning in 2013, the NHC will have the flexibility to issue multiple advisories on post-tropical cyclones for landfalling systems or close bypassers.  The revision of the Hurricane Warning definition will now be as follows:

An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, sub-tropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.

NHC CHANGES THE HURRICANE WARNING SYSTEM

Barry Myers, AccuWeather CEO, is supportive of the decision.

"We are pleased to see NOAA's new policy. It will accomplish for the future, what AccuWeather advocated be done prior to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy," Barry Myers, AccuWeather CEO, said today.

Myers had granted an interview to AccuWeather.com about eight hours before Sandy's landfall and urged the government to issue hurricane warnings for the affected New Jersey and New York areas. He called Sandy a "hurricane embedded in a winter storm" that necessitated hurricane warnings.

11/28/2012

Ground Truth Article on Mashable

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As I prepared for this weekend's "Eyewitness to Extreme Weather" Special airing Dec. 1st on WABC-TV I went to Mashable's New York City offices to talk storms and social media.  The interview with Mashable Editor Lance Ulanoff was a smashing success. (I wanted to use mash and smash in the same sentence!) His interview will air on the TV Weather Special this weekend.  But our meeting also sparked a conversation about how important social media is to technology verification.  So, I became a guest writer on the topic.  Read it here.  Mashable Article

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Mashable.com is a Scottish-American news website and Internet news blog founded by Pete Cashmore when he was just 19 years old. The website's popularity went viral with the digital generation with a primary focus on social media news. Mashable also coversdevelopments in mobile, entertainment, online video, business, web development, technology, memes and gadgets.   Mashable Article

Meteorologist Amy Freeze

11/03/2012

Where and What to Give for #SandyRelief

Immediate Help: Call 311 if you or someone you know is in immediate need of assistance.

On Monday, WABC will participate in a "Day of Giving" do stay tuned to Eyewitness News on how you can donate.

 To Donate Now and Volunteer:

NYC Service and NYC Service On Facebook

Send Checks To:
Mayor's Fund To Advance New York City
253 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007

NYC Blood Center

Aidmatrix Network for Humanitarian Relief

UJA-Federation of New York

American Red Cross

Community/Faith-Based Groups:  Check with your local Congregations.

Manhattan:
• Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (Lower Manhattan): 1-212-965-1151
• The Church of the Covenant, 310 East 42nd Street between First and Second Avenues: Currently seeking canned food, bottled water, toilet tissue, feminine products, diapers, baby wipes, batteries, plates, forks. Baby food is especially needed. Will also take gently used coats and sweaters.

Brooklyn:
Red Hook Initiative (Red Hook): 1-718-858-6782, www.rhicenter.org.

Queens:
Christ Tabernacle Church & Assemblyman Mike Miller's office (83-91 Woodhaven Blvd.): 1-718-496-2515.
Sikh Cultural Society (South Richmond Hill, Queens): 1-718-441-0513.

New York Archdiocese Collection: Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for a special collection to be taken up this weekend at all parishes within the Archdiocese of New York.

NYPD Donation Drive:  To help assist New Yorkers citywide in areas worst affected by the hurricane, the New York City Police Deaprtment will collect non-perishable food, clothing, and other donations in the parking lot of 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, which can be accessed from 109th St. & Rockaway Blvd. near JFK airport.  Uniformed Community Affairs officers will be accepting the donations daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then delivering the items to locations citywide impacted by the storm. Anyone who wants to give is urged to donate canned goods, canned milk, bottled water and other non-perishables; paper products, personal and baby care products, trash bags, cleaning products, linens and towels, flash lights, batteries; clothing for colder weather. Money is not accepted.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/NYPD#!/NYPD/posts/379085022168286.

• Volunteer for NYC Parks:
- Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park, Orchard Beach (Click here to volunteer.)
- Brooklyn: Prospect Park, McCarren Park (Click here to volunteer.)
- Manhattan: Happy Warrior Playground, Annunciation Park, Carl Schurz Park, Anne Loftus Playground (at Fort Tryon Park), Randall’s Island (Saturday only) (Click here to volunteer.)
- Queens (Friday and Saturday only): Brookville Park, Baisley Pond Park (Click here to volunteer.)

Food Bank Of New York City

New York Cares

Team Rubicon

Occupy Sandy Relief

The Lower East Side Recovers

Staten Island Recovers

Astoria Recovers

Red Hook Recovers

Councilman Brad Lander's storm relief for Brooklyn

• Follow #SandyVolunteer on Twitter for more ways to help

• iTunes/App Store: Hurricane Sandy Relief

Salvation Army - if you are an individual, donate locally as you normally would do anytime.

• For corporations, organizations, restaurants and others able to donate food, water or supplies, please send an email to logistics@GNYSalvationArmy.com.

• For financial donations:
o Online: Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.
o By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
o Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirm the donation with the word “Yes”
o By Mail: Checks may be designated and made payable to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA, 30301

 

Lost Pets or Rescue Animals:

Humane Society of the US

American Humane Society 

 

10/31/2012

Do Not Do THIS. More People Die After a Storm than In it.

FACT:  More people die in the aftermath of a hurricane than during the storm itself due to factors like drowning by driving or walking into flood waters, carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution.

Please share these facts with those who are affected by the storm.  Safety after the storm is critical. People have lost so much, they are exhausted from sleep deprivation and worry, conditions are so catastrophic people do things they normally would not do. Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Below are excellent, well thought out tips from the Family Handyman.  More statistics from post hurricane dangers in this article.

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Be Aware of Your Backup Water Supply: If your water supply shuts down, remember that your water heater holds enough drinking and cooking water to last several days. Let the water cool for a few hours before you open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.

Don't Get Electrocuted Your first impulse will be to wade in and rescue your stuff. But any water in contact with electricity might be deadly; an overlooked cord on the floor, for instance, could be electrifying a shallow puddle. Stay out of the water until you've turned off the power to your basement. And don't clear debris from your home and yard without surveying the area carefully. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences. If you can't reach the circuit breaker box, call an electrician or your utility to cut the power to your home. 

Don't Get Sick: If the flooding is due to flash floods or your belongings are leaching toxins, the floodwaters may contain toxic chemicals and will almost certainly breed dangerous bacteria. Protect cuts and open sores from floodwaters and wear plastic gloves when handling your possessions.

Take Advantage of Your Emergency Drain: If your basement is flooding, remove the basement toilet to create an instant, high-capacity floor drain. That will also let in nasty sewer gases, so don't leave the drain unplugged any longer than necessary.

Tip 5: Emergency Bucket Flush: You don't have to live without a toilet just because the water supply is off. If you have a pool or other water source, you can flush with a bucket. Pour about 3 gallons into the bowl (not the tank) to get a fine flush.

Hint about Homeowner's Insurance: If the damage to your home isn't covered by your homeowner's insurance, don't report it to your insurance company. The report may still go on your insurance record and look like a claim when you shop for new insurance in the future.

Don't Get Locked In: Garage door openers lock up when the power goes off. Make sure everyone in your home knows about the cord that releases the door from the opener. That way, they can lift the door open and get the car out in an emergency.

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Avoid Carbon Monoxide Build Up in Your Home: Don't use generators, charcoal grills or propane camping stoves indoors. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Take it seriously and make sure you have working CO detectors in your home. 

  • Check for symptoms: The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble those of the flu. If the alarm sounds and anyone is experiencing headaches, dizziness, fatigue or vomiting, get everyone out of the house and call 911. 
  • Never ignore the alarm: Don't assume all is well if no one feels ill. Open your doors and windows to thoroughly ventilate the house. Turn off all potential sources of CO – your oil or gas furnace, gas water heater, gas range and oven, gas dryer, gas or kerosene space heater, and any vehicle or small engine. Have a qualified technician inspect your fuel-burning appliances and chimneys to make sure they're operating correctly and that there's nothing blocking the vents that let fumes out of the house.

Reduce Damage to Your Home: For roof damage larger than a shingle or two, the fastest bandage is a plastic tarp. Secure a tarp over the damaged area with 2x4s or lath nailed to the roof. If possible, secure the tarp over the roof ridge; it's difficult to make the tarp waterproof at the upper end.

Work Together: Avoid an "every man for himself" mentality. Once officials have signaled the "all clear," survey the damage to your home and reach out to your neighbors. It will be difficult to drive anywhere for supplies (if stores are even open), and you'll conserve resources by pooling them. Assess your neighbors' stocks of food, water and other resources. Eating meals collectively will reduce the amount of food that spoils (use fresh foods first) and will conserve cooking fuel.

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10/28/2012

#Sandy HIGH RISE WIND IMPACT

This is information to help you be aware and prepared as the wind impacts New York City.  Meteorologist Amy Freeze

If you live in Manhattan you probably felt little more than a rainstorm for Irene but Sandy could be different.  The wind field is incredible.  Watch the forecasts.  This storm is a monster in size with record low pressure and intensity will be maintained over a long duration.  For these reasons I expect that there will be a high rise wind impact for Sandy.

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There are two main reasons that high rise glass breakage will be a major threat:
NUMBER ONE wind speeds associated with a tropical cyclone tend to increase with height.  For every 30 stories that you rise above ground level, the wind may increase as many as 20-25 mph (or an entire hurricane category level).  This means that a storm producing 75 mph winds at the surface may produce 95-100 mph winds at the 30th floor, and 125 mph winds at the 60th floor.  Add some debris to the equation, and we have all of the ingredients necessary for instant glass breakage.
NUMBER TWO.  There will be winds at the surface of at least 40 mph sustained and in a city - particularly in an area like New York City where high rise buildings are tightly packed within relatively small geographic areas, very strong "wind tunnel" effects are created as strong winds blow in between ever tightening spaces between buildings. 
Understand the timing of the storm and make sure windows are covered during the peak wind intensity.  Be aware and prepared.

10/27/2012

NYC Evacuations Zones By Zipcode

  

10/25/2012

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We are still several days out from the storm but there is mounting evidence that Hurricane Sandy will affect our area.  The risk of a significant impact from this storm increased again today along with the likelihood of a landfall along the U.S. East Coast.  Now is the time to be aware of the forecast and make a "GO" plan for yourself and your family.

COASTAL WAVE FORECASTS FROM NOAA

ACCUWEATHER HURRICANE CENTER

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Here’s generally what to expect in the Tri State, depending on where landfall is:

Direct hit between Eastern Long Island and Southeastern New England area:

  • Damaging winds 40-60mph from the NW (land winds
  • Rain of 4 to 8 inches
  • Flooding-locally and River Floods
  • Storm Surge + High Astronomical Tide = Major Coastal Flooding

Direct South Jersey hit:

  • Serious 6 to 8 foot Storm Surge and Waves above 20 feet        
  • Strong winds 60-80mph
  • Rain 3 to 6 inches
  • Flooding still likely, Inland NJ could see highest amounts
  • Coastal Flooding, beach erosion Long Island & CT South Facing Shores

Timing still depends on the exact track but the weather will start to go downhill Sunday.

A Hurricane Warning and evacuations could be in effect by then for parts of the coastal areas.

Complications are the full moon on Monday Oct. 29 - this will make any coastal flooding worse and typically takes the tide up to 1 foot above the high tide normals. And falling Autumn leaves will weigh down trees. Those still on trees will make it easier for some to come down, causing more power outages. Leaves on the roads will make it extra slippery. Plus leaves will clog storm drains.

Expect problems in our area abut also all along the East Coast depending on the exact track.

Air travel will be a nightmare, with flights canceled from DC to Boston, with many more big delays.

 

10/24/2012

Bookmarks: Tropical Storm Resources

Our Director of Crisis Management and All-Star Emergency Preparedness Guru Howard Price has created a comprehensive list of links that will get you through any weather emergency!  Check these links out!  If you have some of your own to share - we would love to add them to the list!  Thanks, Meteorologist Amy Freeze

 

DISASTER RESPONSE AGENCIES:

American Red Cross - Hurricane Preparedness 

Insurance Information Institute - Hurricane Preparedness

 

FEDERAL:

Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness

US Ctrs for Disease Control Hurricane Planning Resources

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Svc - Upton LI

National Weather Svc - Upton LI (File a Storm Report Online)

National Weather Svc - Mt Holly NJ

National Weather Svc - Albany NY

National Weather Svc - Binghamton NY

National Weather Svc - Taunton MA

 

AccuWeather Hurricane Resources

 

CONNECTICUT:

CT Emergency Preparedness Guide

CT Hurricane Preparedness

City of Bridgeport Hurricane Safety Information

City of Bridgeport Hurricane Flood Zone Locator

Town of Greenwich Emergency Preparedness

City of Norwalk Emergency Preparedness

City of Stamford Emergency Preparedness

 

NEW YORK CITY:

NYC OEM Coastal Storms & Hurricanes Preparedness

NYC OEM Coastal Storms & Hurricane Planning Guide (Multiple Languages)

NYC OEM Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder

 

LONG ISLAND:

Nassau Co Emergency Management - Hurricane Preparedness

Nassau & Suffolk Coastal Storm Surge Maps (Ocean & Sound Areas)

Suffolk Co Hurricane Flood Zone & Shelter Maps

Suffolk Co Emergency Preparedness

 

NORTHERN NY SUBURBS:

Dutchess Co Emergency Preparedness

Orange Co Emergency Management

Putnam Co Emergency Preparedness

Rockland Co Emergency Preparedness

Sullivan Co Emergency Preparedness

Ulster Co Emergency Preparedness

Westchester Co Hurricane Planning & Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder

 

NEW YORK STATE:

NYS Dept of Homeland Security & Emergency Svcs (DHSES) - Hurricane Preparedness

 

 

 

NEW JERSEY:
Hurricane Preparedness - BEFORE the Storm
Hurricane Preparedness - STORM APPROACHING
Hurricane Preparedness - AFTER the Storm 
NJ Hurricane Planning Guide
NJ Evacuation Routes by County

Bergen Co Emergency Preparedness

Essex Co Emergency Preparedness

Hudson Co Emergency Preparedness

Hunterdon Co Emergency Preparedness

Middlesex Co Emergency Preparedness

Monmouth Co Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation Routes

Ocean Co Emergency Preparedness

Passaic Co Emergency Preparedness

Somerset Co Emergency Preparedness

Sussex Co Emergency Preparedness

Union Co Emergency Preparedness

Warren Co Emergency Preparedness

 

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

NYC Ferry Services

MTA Hurricane Planning Guidance

New Jersey Transit

Connecticut Commuter Rail (Shore Line East)

 

ALERTING SERVICES:

 

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NYS Text Message Alerts

MTA Text Message Alerts

Dutchess Co Text Message Alerts

Nassau Co Text Message Alerts

Putnam Co Text Message Alerts

Rockland Co Text Message Alerts

Suffolk Co Text Message Alerts

Sullivan Co Text Message Alerts

Westchester Co Text Message Alerts

 

NYC

Notify NYC

 

NJ

NJ Transit Text Message Alerts

Middlesex Co Text Message Alerts

Sussex Co Reverse 911 Alerts

Union Co Text Message Alerts

 

 

 

 

CT

CT Text Alert Messages

City of Bridgeport Reverse 911 Alerts

City of New Haven Text Message Alerts

 

MOBILE APPS & WEBSITES:

FEMA Mobile Apps

National Weather Service Mobile Website

NYS iAlertz App (iPhone/iPad)

CodeRED Emergency Alert App (iPhone & Android)

American Red Cross Mobile Apps

American Red Cross Safe & Well Report

AccuWeather Mobile Apps

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TWITTER:

Notify NYC

NYS Dept of Homeland Security & Emergency Svcs

NJ Office of Emergency Mgmt

CT Dept of Emergency Mgmt & Homeland Security

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

NJ Transit

National Weather Service Storm Reports via Twitter

National Hurricane Center - Atlantic Storms

AccuWeather


Baby News: It's a Bird!

Crested Coua Chick Hatches at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo

This is INCREDIBLE because fewer than 40 crested couas live in U.S. zoos and it's happening right here in our own backyard NEW YORK CITY!!  Meteorologist Amy Freeze

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A rare crested coua chick is hand-reared in an off-exhibit area at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. The chick displays the markings on the inside of its mouth as it prepares to receive food from its caretaker.  These markings are unique for each individual chick and fade as the bird matures.

The markings on the inside of a coua chick’s beak are believed to be used by the parents for identification or as a target to aid in feeding.  Crested couas are a species of cuckoo native to the African island nation of Madagascar. Although widespread in their native range, they are rare in U.S. zoos, with fewer than 40 living in American zoos. The hatching is a significant achievement as WCS’s Central Park Zoo is only the fourth zoo in the U.S. to have successfully reared a coua chick.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has field conservation programs within the crested coua’s range in Madagascar – and in nearly 60 countries and all four of the world’s oceans.

  

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