Log In   ·   Become A Member
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2327.gif

Sixty-Something: A Crazy Hamptons Winter Weather Story

T.J. Clemente

It was only two years ago at this very same time the Hamptons was in an extended deep freeze with parts of Montauk Harbor and Three Mile Harbor frozen solid. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Just this last Sunday (January 12), the early January weather flirted with 70 degrees - setting new daily high records in every East End hamlet some by over 20 degrees! It was only two years ago at this very same time the Hamptons was in an extended deep freeze with parts of Montauk Harbor and Three Mile Harbor frozen solid. However, this last Sunday saw dogs fetching balls for their owners at the beach, with many beach visitors wearing summer shorts and light cotton shirts. I can testify that the seagulls loved the warm weather, because they were everywhere.

I am so happy this phenomenon of extreme weather variances does not happen in mid-summer! I don't recall it being below freezing on a Sunday in July in the Hamptons ever!

I am a firm believer of the science behind global warming; living on the ocean like I did for 4-5 years you could see the rising tides and erosion almost daily. However, my Hamptons winter memories were of very cold weather not anything like last Sunday's heat blast. In fact, I will share a funny story looking back that wasn't so funny at the time.

When you rent year-round in the Montauk Shores Condominium Park (Ditch Plains Trailer Park), you are attuned to the weather. In the summer, those metal container-like homes can get mighty warm inside and in the winter, the electric heat is marginal at best, although during the day the sun heats the place up a touch. Now I shared a trailer with my friend who was the owner and his girlfriend both then in their early twenties and cost conscious about the electric heat. However, when it was really cold, they would stay at his parent's home in East Hampton - especially if the parents were staying at their NYC apartment. So I would be under orders to keep the heat down.

One weekend I mentioned I had to go to Greenwich, Ct to visit a friend for Saturday, but would be home very early Sunday morning to cover some Montauk Pioneer writing assignment interview of a new business owner, with the story due with a 10 AM Monday morning deadline. I mentioned that to my landlord buddy that I would put the heat down to low. That's all electric heat has is Low-Medium-High. I knew the temperature was going to be in the single digits and wanted to protect the indoor plumbing.

I arrived back in Montauk before Sunday sunrise to beat the traffic and not be late for my early Sunday interview. I parked the car in front of the trailer and rushed in to use the bathroom, without even turning on the lights. Some lighting in the trailer park lit the trailer up enough to make my way to the bathroom to relieve myself after the long two hour plus drive. I had two coffees along the way on the drive. When I arrived it was very cold in the trailer, but it always was cold early in the morning. While in the bathroom, I immediately knew something was wrong, the sound was different. Then I felt the below my knees part of my pants getting warmly wet. In horror I reached to the wall switch and turned on the light and saw the damage. The toilet bowl was frozen solid as was all the water piping for the washing machine and kitchen sink. To add insult to injury was a note from my buddy scolding me for leaving the heat on while I went up Island, a note to this day he feels stupid about because of the thousands of dollars of damage that night he had to pay for due to his error of turning the heat off just because he knew I would be up Island for 10 hours.

I don't ever remember it ever being even close to 70 degrees on any of my 4-5 years of winter nights in Montauk, but I do remember that night and having to use my complimentary Gurney's V.I.P. Health Spa pass (thank-you Ingrid Lemme) to shower, shave, etc. for about a week until the plumbing was repaired.




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2229.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1213.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1945.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2227.gif
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Calissa is Mykonos in the Hamptons.
Our menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as salt baked fish, seafood pasta and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and boasts the largest selection of rosé in the Hamptons. The name Calissa is derived from the brightest constellation in the summer sky.Our sister restaurants in New York are Amali and Bar Marseille, opening 2020 in the Rockaways. Calissa offers private dining spaces for groups from 10 to 300 people. To plan your next wedding, corporate event or gathering, please email events@calissahamptons.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.