Rockland County Weather – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The official WRCR Rockland County weather forecast

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today: Mostly cloudy and mild; rain likely in the afternoon. High: 60-65, then low 50′s late afternoon.

Tonight: Occasional rain showers changing to snow showers after midnight. Chance of a dusting of snow north and west. Low: 33-38.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, windy and much cooler. High: 47-52.

Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy and cool. High: 48-53.

Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy and milder. High: 55-60.

Saturday: Partly sunny and mild. High: 60-65.

Easter Sunday: Partly sunny and continued mild. High: 60-65.

Monday: Partly sunny, milder high of 60-65.




Middle School Math Question of the Day:

March 2012 was the warmest March on record, and the greatest depature from normal for any month in the history of the Northeast. March 2014 will be one of the coldest Marches ever recorded.

March 2012   1 0.3 degrees  above normal

March 2014    5.7 degrees below normal

What’s the range of temperature between the unusually cold March and the record warm March?


For many years Mark Hanok has served as the official Rockland County, New York meteorologist, on Radio Rockland WRCR. My teaching certifications include Earth science grades 5-12, reading grades K-12, and elementary grades K-6. He has conducted 230 very successful, hands-on weather workshops for elementary and middle school students in New York State and Connecticut. Mark presented these unique workshops at schools in rural, suburban, and urban settings, and worked with the New York City Parks Department at parks and recreation centers in the Bronx, and at environmental education centers and museums in Connecticut.

Currently Mark is writing a book on Litchfield, that explores connections between the topography, micro-climates, and eco-systems, along with personal reflections and vignettes. Mark presented the workshop Representing Middle School Math Concepts through Hands-On Weather Workshops, at the Association of Math Teachers of New York State annual conference in Saratoga Springs in October 2006, at the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta in March 2007, and at the Association of Math Teachers of New York State annual conferences from 2006 to 2012. Mark conducts a math and science teachers workshop every November at the Berkshire Environmental Educators Network Conference at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. As a member of the Litchfield Historical Society, each spring Mark presents a Litchfield weather and climate walking tour that focuses on the unique Litchfield weather.

Included is a weather workshops outline. This program includes all required materials and instruction. This is a proposal for grades 4 – 8, but a different program is available for grades K-3, focusing on weathervanes and Weathervane Frisbees to tell the wind direction. The cost of these workshops is only $450 for a half-day weather workshop, or $325 per workshop for a full day of weather workshops. We look forward to working with you and your students.



Grades 4 – 8

Spring 2014

Presented by Mark Hanok, meteorologist on WRCR in Rockland County, NY


1. To increase scientific literacy through integrating the essential elements of meteorology with the  sciences, mathematics, geography, natural history, and language arts, in a way that is immediately relevant to middle school students.

2. To meet Connecticut learning standards through an interactive approach to Earth science and math.

3. To build an understanding of and appreciation for our planet and its atmosphere, through real world connections and guided discovery.


1. Introduction to weather: Uneven heating of the Earth’s surface caused by differences in the angle of the sun and the intensity of incoming solar radiation from the equator to the north and south poles, causes weather. Clouds provide important clues about the weather; we can forecast the local weather by looking at the sky and observing the wind direction.

2. Building barometers: Students work in small groups and build barometers, using plastic cups, balloons, and straws. High pressure will cause the air outside the cup to be heavier than the air inside the cup, so the balloon will cave in and the straw will go up. Low pressure will cause the balloon to expand since the air outside the cup can will be lighter than the air inside, and the straw will point downward. If it’s cooler in the room the next day, the air surrounding the cup will be heavier than the air inside the cup, and the straw will go up. These barometers can be easily used to show that as the temperature rises the barometric pressure falls, and as the temperature falls the barometric pressure rises. The barometers also demonstrate how cold air is heavier than warm air. If it’s much cooler outside the classroom, the balloon will be pressed in so quickly by the cold, dense air that we can actually watch the straw go up. Elementary math concepts are included in this hands-on activity.

3. Interpretive look at the landscape: The theme is interrelationships as students explore the local landscape around the school and the topography of northwestern Connecticut As we walk around the park, we’ll look at different eco-systems in the local area and discover where individual micro-climates are found, and the role of glacial rock outcroppings as relics of the last Great Ice Age. We’ll explore these distinct micro-climates, including temperature differences between the north and south sides of the lake or an open field. Trees are indicators of a different micro-climates, and we’ll look for different varieties of trees.

4. Large-scale weather systems: A look at how high and low pressure systems, the jet stream, cold and warm fronts, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, and the Catskill Mountains affect weather patterns in the Litchfield Hills. We’ll compare elevations and distances in western Connecticut and adjacent eastern New York.

5. Building weathervanes: Students work in small groups and construct weathervanes using a variety of simple materials. Blacks of wood 3″ square, are given to each student and the different directions are written on the block of wood: N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW. Wooden dowels are placed in the hole in the center of each block. Next, students cut the weathervane arrows out of cardboard and staple to a straw; the straw is then placed over the dowel in the center of the block. Each student can draw pictures on the arrows. Math concepts for fourth through eighth grades are included in this lesson.

6. Using weathervanes to determine wind direction: First we find north. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west; the sun moves from east to south to west. In the middle of the day the sun is in the southern sky. Look in the opposite direction to find north. Facing north, east is to the right and west is to the left. One group of students can go to the north side of an open field while the other group goes to the south end of the field. Students can hold the weathervanes in the wind, and find the wind direction. In this way, we discover important differences in wind velocity and temperature from one side of the field to the other side of the field. We will keep track of wind data using bar graphs and circle graphs.

7. Conclusion: Students look at the relationship between barometric pressure, wind direction, and clouds, and learn how to predict the weather using this data, and integrate probability concepts. Students share information and ideas, and they discuss the links between topography and micro-climates. We’ll discover key facts about the very diverse landscape of Litchfield County.

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Boulders Beat Jackals 10-3!

The Boulders made their fans proud beating the Jackals 10-3!

Marty Popham tossed a complete game with the team pounding 14 hits.  The series continues today at Provident Bank Park at 7 pm.

The first 1,000 fans will receive a free first aid bag and its dollar beer night.

The game will be broadcast live of WRCR AM 1300.

New York City Man Dies in Hessian Lake

A 46-year-old man from New York City drowned Thursday while swimming in Hessian Lake.

This is the second drowning in the lake in less than two weeks.

Officials are reporting that the victim was visiting the park with his family and was swimming in the lake ignoring numerous signs that swimming is not allowed.

The name of the victim has not been released. Authorities want to make sure that the victim’s family members have been notified about the tragic death.

DA Zugibe Appointed to Anti-Corruption Panel

Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have appointed Rockland County District Attorney Tom Zugibe, Tuesday,  to join a commission of 25 district attorneys, lawmakers and academics in an anti-corruption panel.

The panel will be in charge of investigating New York’s political system by making recommendations on how to improve the state’s corruption laws and enforcement.

With this rare alliance between Cuomo and Schneiderman, not only will the panel be able to investigate the executive branch, issue subpoenas and compel testimony under the Moreland Act, but will also be able to name commission members Deputy Attorney Generals giving them wide reaching jurisdiction.

This will give the panel free reign to investigate nearly any level of state or local government.

Boulders Beat Jackals in 4-2 Victory

The Boulders came back strong, defeating the solid New Jersey Jackals.

No one was thrown out this time.  Bobby Blevins pitched a solid seven innings, allowing only two runs and nine hits with four strikeouts.

The Boulders were the first on the board in the second, with Jerod Edmonson scoring on a wild pitch.  Shortstop Steve Nysztor followed up with a single to score in Stephen Cardullo.

In the sixth, bases loaded, it seemed like the Jackals couldn’t stop walking the Boulders, giving the boys two runs.

Rockland defeated Jersey 4-2.  They go on to continue the series this evening at 7.  You can listen to that game here live on WRCR.

Scheduled List of Rockland County Fireworks

With the threat of bad weather for this long holiday weekend; here is a list of spots around the county to catch the fireworks.

Nanuet will hold their fireworks July 3rd at the high school along with a concert by the Sixties Show and a flying demonstration by the Rockland County Radio Control Club.  Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Provident Bank Park will hold their weekly Thursday night fireworks and will have their annual fourth of July hot-dog eating contest, they take on the New Jersey Jackals at 6:30 pm.

Nyack will hold their fireworks at Memorial Park the free concert starts at 8 pm Thursday.  Pearl River will begin their fireworks at 9:45.

Stony Point will have a historical event up in the Stony Point battlefield.  There will be a reading of a document by an officer in General Washington’s army and the firing of muskets, rifles and cannons.  That event starts at 2:45 pm.

Lastly, Haverstraw has postponed its fireworks for July 5th at Helen Hayes Hospital.  Enjoy the live music starting at 7 pm, kids rides and food.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets, parking is $5 and admission is free.

Man Charge in Nyack College Explosion

An arrest has been made in the June explosion that injured several Nyack College employees and students. Nyack College

Douglas Walker, 44, a maintenance worker on the grounds, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and third degree assault.

During an investigation, Orange and Rockland Utilities said that they believe some excavation work was performed on the grounds and that a gas pipe was bent and separated from a gas main resulting in an underground gas leak that seeped into the building through a “honeycomb” of drains.

South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Brent Newbury said that the accident was unintentional but, “he should have been more responsible.”

Five Nyack College employees, two students and a South Nyack-Grand View Police Officer on patrol outside the building were injured during the blast.

Anyone intending to break ground on any construction project is urged to use the Dig Safely New York Program by dialing 811.

Thunderstorms Continue into the Afternoon

The system of thunderstorms coming from the South and across the East Coast didn’t hit Rockland too bad.

No major problems were reported in the county. Rain is expected throughout much of the day Tuesday with some of the heaviest stretches likely to strike in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

2-Year-Old Monsey Boy Hit by Car

A 2-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car Sunday night on Albert Drive, Ramapo Police are reporting.

The accident happened at about 8:30pm when the boy ran from his home into the road and was hit by a 2011 Toyota Camry.

Luckily, the boy suffered minor injuries to his face and ran home on his own.  The boy was treated on the scene and taken to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.

The driver of the Camry did remain on the scene.  That person had not been cited.