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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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05/23/2012

Fleet Week Schedule 2012

Tall Ships are in, Flyovers are tomorrow! Schedule of Events Below.

A nice forecast for Fleet Week in NYC!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Pier 90 & 92, 51st St/West Side Highway
    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
  • 9 am
    U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard Air & Water Demonstrations

    USN Leap Frogs Parachute Jump (MH-53E), USMC airborne insertion/extraction of combat equipped Marines with helicopters.
    Location: Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • 12:30 p.m.
    USMC MAGTF Aviation Event

    Marines will be available to discuss and interact with public.
    Location: Sachem High School, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
  • 1 p.m.
    USN Aviation Event

    Aerial demo would consist of MH-60S conducting Explosive Ordnance Team Search and rescue operations. After demo, MH-60S will land for static display
    Location: Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn

Friday, May 25, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Pier 90 & 92, 51st St/West Side Highway
    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
  • 9 am-4 pm
    U.S. Marine Corps Day in Battery Park

    Where: Battery Park
  • 9:30 a.m.
    USN Aviation Event

    Where: Hackensack High School, Hackensack, NJ
  • 10 a.m.
    USMC Aviation Event

    Where: Forrest Hills High School, Queens
  • 12:30 p.m.
    USMC Aviation Event

    Where: East Islip High School, Long Island
  • 12:30
    USN Aviation Event

    Where: Paramus Middle School, Paramus, NJ
  • 2:30 pm
    USMC Aviation Event

    Where: Orchard Beach (Bronx)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Pier 90 & 92, 51st St/West Side Highway
    Where: Port Authority Piers, Brooklyn
    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
  • 9 am-6 pm
    USMC Day in Times Square

    featuring performance by the Navy Band NE & USMC Band
    Where: Times Square
  • 10 am - 2 pm
    U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Air and Land Demonstrations

    Where: Eisenhower Park (East Meadow, NY)
  • Noon - 4 p.m.
    Governors Island Family Fest
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    Where: (Governors Island)
  • 1 pm
    Staten Island Music Festival

    Where: Staten Island

Sunday, May 27, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
    Where: Port Authority Piers, Brooklyn
  • 10 am
    USMC Aviation Event

    Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • 10 am - 3 pm
    Staten Island War of 1812 Commemoration Event
     
    Where: Ft. Wadsworth
  • 2 - 6 pm
    Military Bands in Times Square

    Where: Times Square
  • 2 pm
    USN aviation event

    Where: Randall Park, Freeport
  • 2 pm
    USMC aviation event

    Where: Playland Park, Rye, NY

Monday, May 28, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Pier 90 & 92, 51st St/West Side Highway
    Where: Port Authority Piers, Brooklyn

    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
  • 9 am
    USMC Aviation Event

    Where: Clove Lake Park, Staten Island, NY

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  • 8 am-5 pm
    Free Ship Tours

    Where: Pier 90 & 92, 51st St/West Side Highway
    Where: Stapleton Pier, SI
  • 1 pm
    USN Aviation Event

    Where: New Dorp High School, Staten Island, NY

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

 

"When the Sirens Were Silent"

If you only read the first two sentences of this blog you should know:  First, NYC has tornadoes but it does not have tornado sirens so you will not be warned by a siren if a tornado is happening in the NYC area.  Number two, it’s foolish to rely only on an outdoor siren no matter where you live!

Actually, I’m writing to share the new book “When the Sirens Were Silent, How the Warning System Failed a Community,” by Mike Smith.  Smith is a storm-chasing meteorologist who works at the Accuweather Enterprise division in Wichita.  He gives his opinions on why so many people were killed during the Joplin tornado in 2011.  In an area where tornadoes frequently happen and a place that does have sirens - did you know: the sirens were not even sounded for the tornado warning that night? Smith offers an account of the storm timing and the warning failure and what can be done to prevent such a tragedy again.   I just read the book on the anniversary of the Joplin tornado – which the book uses as it’s main focus to discuss weather warning systems.  It’s a minute by minute countdown of the events leading up to the tornado.  In the book, Smith critiques the series of decisions and actions from National Weather Service forecasters and emergency management and describing their consequences. His commentary is insightful and written plainly enough for everyone to understand. The book’s conclusion provides a discussion of the importance of advancing technology, training, and messaging to improve the warning process.  I think the book is an overdue call to action.  Communities, Emergency managers and forecasters all need to get a system in place to is reliable and provides the service its meant to offer:  a warning!

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"When the Sirens Were Silent" is the gripping story of the Joplin tornado. It recounts that horrible day with a goal of insuring this does not happen again. The book gives you the tools you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Included are clever lift-out copies of the latest tornado safety rules for homes, schools, and offices."

From Smith's book,  "What if the warning system failed to provide a clear, timely notice of a major storm? Tragically, that scenario played out in Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. As a wedding, a high school graduation, and shopping trips were in progress, an invisible monster storm was developing west of the city. When it arrived, many were caught unaware. One hundred sixty-one perished and one thousand were injured.”

When I lived in Chicago, I did a 15 county account of the number of sirens, who was responsible for them, who hit the alarm, what parameters required triggering an alarm, etc.  There was no consistency.. anywhere.  From siren to siren (within the same counties) there are different rules.  Communities across Illinois hear the state mandated tests that ring out the first Tuesday of every month at 10am and many are under the impression they will hear the siren go off.  If they are in their homes, they likely will not – the sirens are designed as an outside warning.  The siren may or may not go off for a severe thunderstorm and may only go off after a warning has been issued by the National Weather service and then relayed through a series of people and then manually set off.  It’s not a dependable system the way it is now in the Chicagoland area.

Here in NYC, there are no sirens for outdoor warnings.  But as recent tornadoes have grabbed attention in the boroughs and on Long Island, many people are asking if sirens are a good idea.  People in the NYC area now rely mainly on alerts carried by radio and television stations. Emergency officials in Suffolk and Nassau counties are considering whether to add sirens to their arsenal of public warning devices after tornadoes ripped through Queens and Brooklyn in September 2010, causing one death, falling trees and leaving behind extensive property damage.

What is the best way to get a warning?  Take personal responsibility.  If you have a smart phone, get the Weather Radio app.  If you are at home or work in an office, get a $20 NOAA weather radio.  And now that the National Weather Service is partnering with cell phone carriers it seems like it will not be long before weather warnings are offered through phone carriers directly to your phone based on your GPS location.  But until that happens, everyone needs a plan for themselves.

Mike Smith has a blog with interviews, and the latest status on the availability of the book and e-book, which were released Tuesday.

Brooklyn Tornado Sept 16 2010

Video of Weak Tornado EF0 and a Microburst in the NYC Area

www.amyfreeze.com

 

 

05/18/2012

Mount St. Helens Anniversary

I lived in the Pacific Northwest in the mid 90s.  I went to see Mount St. Helens about 12 years ago.  I stopped to visit at the observatory and hard all the stories.  It was an incredible site to see and fascinating to learn about the eruption. 

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From The Columbian, article link below

Read about the anniversary here in their local paper.  May 18th, 1980 was the St. Helens Eruption.  The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington leveled surrounding forest, blasted away more than1,000 feet of the mountain's summit and claimed 57 human lives.  Landsat satellites have tracked the recovery of the surrounding forest. This video shows a timelapse of the recovery, with annual images from 1979-2011 

Here's a Landsat satellite time lapse of 32 years of regrowth of surrounding forest:

The animation begins with vegetation as red because early Landsat satellites couldn't 'see' blue light. That changed with launch of Landsat 5 in 1984 and its natural color abilities. The collapse of the mountain was like uncorking a bottle of champagne. Fifty-seven people died when rocks, hot ash, gas and steam exploded out of the Earth. The blast debris, which is gray in the images, covered over 230 square miles (600 square kilometers) and blew down 4 billion board-feet of timber. 

The landslide buried 14 miles (23 kilometers) of the North Fork Toutle River with an average of 150 feet (46 meters) of rocks, dirt and uprooted trees. In some places the debris was as deep as 600 feet (180 meters) high.

The squarish beige patches visible in the upper right and lower left of the animation show logging on the mountain both before and after the eruption.

This image was created using the reflected light from the near infrared, green and red portions of the spectrum from instruments aboard Landsat satellites 2 and 3 and from the blue, green and red portions of the spectrum from instruments aboard Landsat satellites 5 and 7.

Landsat 2 launched in 1975 and provided scientific data for 7 years until 1982. Landsat 3 launched in 1978 and ran for 5 years until1983. NASA launched Landsat 5 in 1984 and it ran for a record-breaking 28 years. Landsat 7 is still up and running; it was launched in 1999. The data from these and other Landsat satellites has been instrumental in our understanding of forest health, storm damage, agricultural trends, urban growth and many other ongoing changes to our land. 

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage Landsat, and the USGS preserves a 40-year archive of Landsat images that is freely available data over the Internet. The next Landsat satellite, now known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) and later to be called Landsat 8, is scheduled for launch in 2013.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=143881251

USGS has an extensive informational site:   http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/framework.html

Weather experiments at www.amyfreeze.com

 

05/04/2012

Super Moon This Saturday Night!

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HUGE Super Flower Moon This Weekend! See it Saturday Night May 5th: This full Moon is a "Super Moon,”  27,000 miles closer to earth! Which means it will be very big & bright! Perigee Moon viewing is Saturday night, prime is 11:34 PM

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Meteorologist Amy Freeze