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A Hard Southerly Blow Coming Tonight!

Batten down the hatches: Tonight's storm is forecast to have sustained southerly winds to 33mph with gusts to 60mph and heavy rains.

Batten down your hatches, East-Enders, we've got a blow coming through tonight that's notable for a couple of reasons! Here's the National Weather Service forecast for Montauk:

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before midnight. Low around 48. Windy, with a south wind 23 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Now here's the Coastal Waters Forecast for Montauk Point to Moriches Inlet:

S winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt...increasing to 35 to 40 kt with gusts up to 55 kt late. Seas 8 to 11 ft... Building to 15 to 19 ft. Showers...mainly after midnight. Areas of fog in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 nm. 

The first thing that jumps out is the wind speed -- sustained winds to 33mpg wtih gusts to 60mph! Yow! If this were a summer storm, it would probably have a name, with the attendant media circus. But instead this is just another one of the no-name tropical-storm-strength winter weather events that are part of life on the East End.

The other notable thing is the direction -- South! Nor'easter is the weather watch-word for the winter and it's not too often that we get a wind blowing that hard out of the south. I'll be down at MON TIKI making double sure that her lines are arranged to stand a sustained, strong southerly blow. 

So wherever you are, batten down your hatches, check your lines, and make ready for a windy, rainy night! At least with a southerly wind it won't be cold!

- David Ryan, owner of Sailing Montauk

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Stacey Reister January 30, 2013 at 09:45 PM
wish it was snow.... so the kids could play.....
Sailing Montauk January 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I hear you Stacy! An inch of rain would be ~12 inches of snow. I could finally get my cross country skis out! But mostly I'm just worried about the wind and itching for fair weather! Stay safe!
Stacey Reister January 31, 2013 at 01:34 PM
How did you make out with the wind by you? All good here! (Still wishing it was snow tho! LOL)
Taylor K. Vecsey January 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
That wind was no joke! Kept waking me up at night.
Sailing Montauk January 31, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Stacy, Taylor, All good here. Seemed to come hardest just before daybreak. With unusual wind direction we had rain lashing into the windows on the "wrong" side of the house, which probably made it sound even worse than it was. MON TIKI is fine. Heading out now to take some pictures now! :-)

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