Accuweather Alert: Ready for Winter special examines long range, climate change

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Welcome to "Accuweather Alert -- Ready for Winter," a special hosted by chief meteorologist Lee Goldberg.

As the temperature drops, the wind picks up, and the snow starts to fall, we need to brace for winter, and its potential to severely impact the tri-state area.

The calendar says we are still officially a week from winter.

But are we in for a cold and snowy winter season? Lee Goldberg has your in-depth winter outlook.

But we have so much more in this half-hour special, which you can watch in the player above, or in segments at the links throughout this story:

  • Lee visits Seaside Heights, New Jersey, which is still learning lessons from Superstorm Sandy seven years later. What used to be rare weather events, happen a lot more often, and we look at the impact the changing climate is having on our region. CLICK HERE for that story.
  • Stacey Sager looks at restaurants and fishermen in the tri-state area that are facing a maritime mystery -- a massive shortage of scallops. More than 90 percent of the shellfish in Peconic Bay off Long Island have died this season. With the severe shortage, prices for the delicacy are soaring.
  • Cecily Tynan from our sister station WPVI introduces a piece on the Poconos, where the ski season is off to a fast start. Temperatures in the region dropped to record lows last month. So ski resorts began their seasons early, and their snow-making machines are cranking away. 6abc meteorologist Melissa Magee has the story.
  • In New Jersey, the state's largest freshwater lake, is undergoing a concerning transformation. Thousands used to gather at Lake Hopatcong for ice fishing competitions and wintertime carnivals. But warmer weather is changing the lake, and its community. Miguel Amaya has the story.
  • When the mercury goes down, concerns go up for animals. Zoos in particular take many precautions to keep animals safe and warm in winter weather. Meteorologist Amy Freeze gives us a look.
  • Meteorologist Jeff Smith examines the constantly changing and improving technology that forecasters are using, helping us pinpoint severe weather and deliver accurate alerts. We use these high-tech tools to gather information, process it, and bring it to you. CLICK HERE for more.
  • Amy Freeze will look at the microclimates that exist within our area that can make forecasting such a challenge. CLICK HERE for more.
  • Derick Waller goes on a ridealong in a snow plow as part of a tour of the city Department of Sanitation. CLICK HERE for more.


  • WATCH THE FULL SHOW

  • Segment 1: Preparing for the extremes

  • Segment 2: Shortage of scallops off Long Island

  • Segment 3: Keeping animals safe during the winter

  • Segment 4: The winter outlook
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