By Mike Busch
By all accounts the mighty Blizzard predicted by most meteorologists was a complete bust for Long Island. A roughly 50 mile shift to the West gave most of us not much more than a very windy and rainy day.
While the snow amounts were not impressive it was still a very powerful storm and generated some huge waves on Fire Island.
According to the National Weather Service in Upton, the Low passed right over their central Suffolk HQ around 3:30 and recorded a low barometer reading of 975 mb, a similar pressure to a weak Cat 1 Hurricane.
My local weather station in Brookhaven Hamlet recorded 979 mb at the same time.
Once the rain let up enough to bring my camera out, I took a ride to Smith Point to check out the surf. Unfortunately I left my main surf lens (150-600mm) behind and immediately regretted it.
I was able to take advantage of a very small window for some video and images before the temperature plummeted from 40 to below freezing between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. and snow showers started up again.
I wasn’t there at high tide but as you can see in the first photo, there was some overwash through the beach entrance at the F.I.N.S visitor center that made it’s way out into the road.
Check out the video on page 2.