Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hazy, Hot, Humid, Highfalutin Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  It's cloudy.  It's quiet and mostly still (SW breezes at 4-6mph).  Not much for hearing the island birds as they must be hanging elsewhere this morning.  It's humid... 84% with a dewpoint of 75°.  It'll be partly sunny/partly cloudy today with temps hovering around 90° feeling very humid with that dewpoint in the mid-upper 70s.  We'll begin to feel the effects of "Barry" (that southern storm from the weekend) as there's a 20% chance of a passing shower later today. Breezes will pick up significantly and be out of the S-SW at 15-25mph (pack a bungee or sand-grabber if heading to the beach just in case).  Tonight... cloudy with 50% chance of scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms.  There's a possibility of tidal flooding too since the Full Moon was yesterday providing much higher than normal tides which could very well seep into the streets.  Temps will drop back to where they are now (upper 70s) as that humidity increases. Winds will be out of the S-SW at 15-20mph.  Tomorrow... we'll probably wake to cloud cover breaking up as Ms Sun intends to shine down but it'll be one of those hazy, hot and humid days down the Shore.  As for the weekend... at this point, it looks like a heatwave is approaching as it'll be very warm with hazy sunshine pouring down.
High tide: 9:08a.m.
Low tide: 2:53p.m.
Ocean temp: 71°
UV Index: Very High
Rip Current: High... most likely due to the windy conditions today (a "high" risk means the ocean's current is in the danger zone for anyone entering the surf.  Take note of posted flags at your beach and check with your lifeguard for any swimming risks.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Full Moon Tuesday

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny.  It's still (breezes out of the SW at 3-4mph).  It's a little humid (84%) with a dewpoint of 71°.  It'll be another lovely day down the shore with plentiful sunshine, breezes out of the South at 5-10mph with temps near 90°.  Tonight... some clouds roll in as there's a 20% chance of a passing shower and/or thunderstorm.  Temps will head back to the mid-70s with S-SW breezes at 8-11mph.  Full Moon is tonight! Tomorrow... a mostly sunny day with clouds in the mix and Thursday... unsettled with lots of cloud cover along with chances of rain showers or storms.
High tide: 8:25a.m.
Low tide: 2:09p.m.
Ocean temp: 73°
Sunset: 8:25p.m.
Moonrise: 8:27p.m.
UV Index: 10 (very high)
Rip Current: Low risk.
If interested in "Beach Tips and Beach Courtesies", check out any of my Friday entries!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Marvelous Monday

Feeding the seagulls is not suppose to happen
Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  What a difference a day makes!  It's lovely outside this morning.  The humidity's checked out for a little while... it's 69% with a dewpoint of 62°.  There's a light N-NE breeze at 5-10mph coming off the cool ocean water.  Ms Sun's up and shining down.  The birds are making their happy presence known.  The air conditioner is still on though... no outside sea air is wifting (wafting) in my home, unfortunately.  It'll be a beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid-upper 80s (we got up to 93 humid degrees yesterday).  The N-NE early morning breezes will shift from the SE a bit later this morning.  Then, shift again from the South and finally later this afternoon shift from the S-SW all at about 9-11mph.  Tonight will be clear and moonlit (the full moon is tomorrow) with temps in the mid-upper 70s as humidity climbs back up to 80%.  We should have a nice (almost) full moon rise tonight.  It'll be nice on the beach but remember footwear, sunblock and insect repellent.  Oh, and tomorrow looks pretty much the same as today.  In fact, most of the week ahead does with the exception of Thursday.  That one looks a bit unsettled and possibly rainy.
High tide: 7:39AM and 7:58PM
Low tide: 1:23PM
Ocean temp: 74°
Sunset: 8:26PM
Moonrise: 7:39PM
UV Index: 9 (very high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hot And Mostly Sunny Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny, warm and humid.  Right now the humidity's 92% with a Dewpoint of 73°.  Expect a warm one today with plenty of sunshine.  The humidity will drop (low-mid 70%) as there will be some cloud cover in the mix.  But temps will be hovering in the low-90s and it'll be a hot one today.  Warm land breezes will be out of the West at 10-15mph (pack the insect repellent).  Tonight... partly cloudy skies with temps back down into the low-70s and Northerly (more refreshing) breezes at 5-10mph.
High tide: 6:49a.m. and 7:13p.m.  (the Full Moon is Tuesday and the tides are becoming higher and lower than normal)
Low tide: 12:35p.m.
Ocean temp: 74°
Sunset: 8:26p.m.
UV Index: 9 (very high)
Rip Currents: Low risk 
Note: The beach sand will be a scorcher today so be prepared... footwear, plenty of water, sunscreen, umbrella (with bungee or sand grabber) and insect repellent.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Summer Loveliness Continues

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 83% with a dewpoint of 65° as it doesn't feel quite as humid as it has been.  Ms Sun's up and warming us with no clouds in sight.  Breezes are light and variable out of the NE at 4-6mph.  It'll be a beautiful summer day with plenty of sunshine (humidity will come down a bit) and breezes mostly out of the SW today at 5-7mph (pack the insect repellent along with that sunblock).  Temps will be in the mid-upper 80s.  Tonight... clear, temps back in the 70s (mid-upper) with S-SW breezes at 5-8mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same!  It's BBQ-Blues Fest this weekend!  Great food with great music!

High Tide:6:24PM
Low Tide: 11:46AM
Ocean Temp: 74°
Sunset: 8:25PM
UV Index: 10 (very high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk

Friday, July 12, 2019


Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's been up but just began to shine through the leftover cloud cover from last night.  We had some major thunderboomers with a big display of lightning and heavy downpours here on the island late last night into the overnight.  Everything's nicely watered that's for sure.  It's sticky outside this morning with humidity at 93% and dewpoint of 73°.  It'll be a partly cloudy morning with 20% chance of a passing shower sometime later today.  Expect mostly sunny conditions though with temps in the mid-upper 80s.  Breezes are barely there this morning but will begin to blow in from the West then W-NW at 10-15mph later this morning.  Expect hazy, hot and humid weather today.  Tonight... clear skies with temps in the mid-upper 70s and breezes out of the W-NW at 3-5mph.  Tomorrow... more settled with plenty of sunshine and warmer temps (near 90°).  Sunday... maybe even warmer!  This evening kicks off the annual Anglesea Blues and BBQ Festival!  There's nothing like the aromas of scrumptious BBQ and the briny sea air together!
High tide: 5:30PM
Low tide: 10:56AM
Ocean temp: 74°
UV Index: 9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk
And, it's Friday...
Friday Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette...
~Important things to pack for the beach... water, (I also have a small spray bottle of fresh water for you never know what), hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, first aid kit, and shade (umbrella or sand chair with a canopy), something to read and I enjoy taking my crocheting, oh... and a small trash bag to collect any trash you may have accumulated while there.
~When planting an umbrella be aware of wind speed as you may have to take extra steps to secure it such as sand (screw) grabber or bungee cord.  It's pretty amazing how not secure some umbrellas can be as the wind launches them directly toward unknowing folks relaxing right in the line of fire. 
~Note the tide times when going to the beach.  If the tide is at it's highest, you can sit as close to the water as you want as the tide will take the entire day to go down to low tide.  You'll literally sit and watch the beach grow as the water slowly recedes a block or more away.  
~A new beach posting is there's "No Smoking" on the beach anymore.  That includes "vapes" and especially "cigars".  Some beaches do have designated areas posted.  Look for signs.  There's also "No Smoking" on the boardwalk.  I think most of the seaside towns up and down the coast have passed this new law.
~Kindly give your beach neighbors space when selecting your beach campsite. Courtesy is key. Careful not to plop only inches from others' blankets/umbrellas. 
~No dogs allowed on the beach (except for the wonderful dog beaches the Wildwoods provide). 
~Never leave trash on the beach and even better yet...pick up any that you see whether it's yours or not.   Note trash and recycle containers are situated everywhere.
~Remember to pack headphones for your music device or at least keep the volume down to a minimum (believe it or not no one really wants to hear your music not to mention your beach neighbor just might be quietly trying to listen to their own music).  
~Teach children beach etiquette. Running (basically "kicking" up sand) as well as throwing sand is a no-brainer but sometimes you'd never know it.  
~Feeding the seagulls is a big no-no. Eat and snack smartly. Using hands to express oneself when holding your sandwich up or out is a magnet for swooping gulls. Dropping one potato chip carelessly while eating will create seagull havoc. Eat under your umbrella or hooded sand chair as the seagulls are much like vultures and are endlessly eyeing beachgoers eating habits.  They're relentless trying to find the right opportune moment to swoop down and pluck your lunch right out of your hand or mouth (seen it happen many times).  By the way, seagulls know "chip bags" and if they see one sticking out of your unsupervised beach bag, they will think nothing of helping themselves and remove the bag of chips from your bag as well as share their newly acquired snacks with their gull friends while you're taking a walk or a dip (seen it happen many times).
~Playing ball, frisbee, horseshoes, corn hole, or kite-flying, etc is a no-no at the beach.  The back side of the beach (dune side) or other designated areas are more appropriate for active beach games.  Stay away from those camped out that are simply trying to enjoy their beach day and knock yourself out.  The beach patrol will probably stop you if playing in the wrong area anyway.  
~Shake towels and blankets away from others noting the wind direction.
~Observe and follow posted beach warnings (closed beaches, no alcohol, strong rip currents, surfboard/boogie board area, etc) and always pay attention to lifeguards.  If in doubt...ask the lifeguard.

~Couresty is key.  Be kind to one another.  Happy Beaching!

Thursday, July 11, 2019


Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  It's hazy and humid (humidity's 92% with a dewpoint of 72°) as Ms Sun rises and shines through some cloud cover.  Breezes are very light out of the South at 3-5mph.  Today will be a bit unsettled with a mix of clouds and sun as temps will be in the low-80s along with SE breezes at 10-15mph.  Humidity's staying checked in at least until tomorrow morning.  There's a 20% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms later this afternoon.  Tonight... rain (thunderstorms) likely (80% chance).  Temps will go down to where they are now... the mid-70s with S-SW winds at 10-20mph.   We could wake to rain showers and/or thunderstorms tomorrow morning as the day develops into a mix of clouds and sun with some more heat and humidity.  For now, the weekend's looking 5-Star!
High tide: 4:33PM
Low tide: 10:02AM
Ocean temp: 74°
Sunset: 8:28p.m.
UV Index: 9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk