Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mostly Gray Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  The island's under very light cloud cover.  You can barely see the moon and the stars are obscured completely hidden in the haze.  It's a bit breezy with winds out of the W-SW at 10-14mph.  It feels damp with moisture swirling in the air although rain won't be checking in until the overnight tonight.  Today will be mostly cloudy though with temps near 50°.  We could see peeks of sun in the afternoon.  S-SW breezes will be wifting (wafting) over the island today at 15-25mph.  Tonight... cloudy and breezy with Southerly winds at 20-30mph +gusting.  Temps will be staying in the 40s (mid-40s).  Expect rain to commence after midnight.  Tomorrow... a nasty raw day with rain and wind with temps back up in the 50s in the early part of the day then getting cold again in the evening (low 30s) as the rains head out.  The weekend's looking dry.  Saturday seems to be the colder (barely in the 30s) and sunnier of the two days with partly sunny / partly cloudy skies for both days. 
High tide:9:23a.m.
Low tide:3:39p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Much Warmer Than Yesterday

Mornin'!  It's 16° in Wildwood NJ.  The 1° windchill is due to the N-NW winds at 16-22mph.  The black sky is clear, starlit and moonlit.  It's uncomfortably cold outside and only makes me think of Spring... 67 days away.  And, better yet summer... 148 days away!  It'll be a sunny, cold day but warmer than the last few days as temps may tap 30° today.  Ms Sun will help warm things up though.  Those relentless, winter winds will subside just a bit out of the N-NW at 10-15mph but the wind chill will still be there.  Tonight... clouds roll in with temps in the upper 20s and breezes out of the South at 15-18mph.  Tomorrow... cloudy but temps will be in the upper 30s!  Whew, that's a relief!
High tide:8:31a.m.
Low tide:2:51p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Monday, January 21, 2019

Full Moon And Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Mornin'!  It's 14° in Wildwood NJ.  Wind chill of -2° with NW winds at 30-40mph.  We're having quite a show of what wind feels like this morning. It's painful to be outside.  Ms Sun's up and battling through fast-moving cloud cover and trying to shine and warm us. It'll be no warmer than 20° today with partly cloudy skies and winds out of the NW at 25-35mph +gusting.  Windchill today: 1°.  Tonight... clear, 20° with 4° windchill and NW winds at 20-25mph.  Tomorrow... sunny as the winds will be checked out but it'll still be cold at 20°.
High tide:7:40a.m. and 8:16p.m.
Low tide:2:02p.m.
Ocean temp:42°
Sunset: 5:10p.m.
Moonrise: 5:52p.m.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Harper and The Full Blood Moon Has Arrived

Mornin'!  It's 49° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining at a pretty good clip.  Winds are nothing compared to what's ahead for today and tomorrow... currently out of the S-SW at 7-12mph.  That ol' storm "Harper" is upon us as the coast is experiencing rain (100% chance and heavy at times) at least until this afternoon with winds out of the NW at 25-35mph +gusting up to and over 50mph.  We missed the bullet on this one as it'll be a relatively short rain event here on the island.  Rainfall may reach an inch or more and it looks like the rains will be checking out by early afternoon.  Temps will be mild... in the low 50s.  Tonight... lots of cloud cover as temps drop down until they get into the mid-teens while NW winds continue to sustain 25-35mph with over 50mph gusts.  We're talking -3° windchill!!!  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns but she's got her work cut out for her as these intense winds and freezing cold temps have no plans on going anywhere.  It's going to be our first true taste of that boreal Winter Tundra!  Time to dig out the thermal underwear!  Oh... don't forget about that Full Moon as it's tonight around midnight and the high tides today and tonight will certainly be affected.  Be aware of tidal flooding as you traverse the island today as some streets known for always flooding will probably be impassable (like the streets at the foot of the Redding bridge). 
High tide: 6:49a.m. and 7:24p.m.
Low tide: 1:11p.m.
Ocean temp:43°
Sunrise: 7:12a.m.
Sunset: 5:08p.m.
Moonrise: 4:40p.m.
The moon will be full and enormous this evening when it rises.  Not only will it be huge and spectacular, but for a few hours late tonight into the early morning, we could see an eclipse of the moon if the sky is clear.  It'll be the last lunar eclipse until May 2021.
Partial eclipse begins: 11:34p.m.
Total Lunar eclipse begins: 12:41a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 1:12a.m. ending at 2:51a.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Harper's Heading East

Mornin'!  It's 36° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloud cover as Ms Sun's rising while I blog.  If she succeeds, we're going to see some spectacular morning colors in those clouds.  We're to expect cloud cover this morning leading to rain showers this afternoon.  Winds are currently light out of the E-NE at 3-5mph.  The pooches are in town as the Boardwalk Kennel Club dog show is this weekend!  Today's forecast is 40% chance of rain showers this afternoon with temps in the low 40s and Easterly winds at 10-20mph. Tonight... cloudy with 90% chance of rain, temps in the upper 30s / low 40s with S-SE winds at 15-25mph.  Tomorrow... temps in the upper 40s / low 50s with rain and wind (25-35mph) as this storm Harper heads Northeast throwing the entire eastern seaboard moisture in some form. It appears that parts of the interior Northeast including the Pocono Mountains and areas west and north of us will be getting the brunt of this storm and heavy snowfall.  Some places (not us thankfully) will get an ice storm.  We're in the path of wind-driven rains tonight and most of the day tomorrow but those higher than usual temps won't allow any snowfall along the coast this time.  The Full Moon begins late tomorrow into Monday as storm and tidal flooding will be our concern.  Keep an eye on those high tides!
High tide:6:32p.m.
Low tide:12:19p.m.
Ocean temp:43°

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mix of Rain and Sunshine Today

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining lightly with breezes out of the E-NE at 5-8mph.  Rain is likely mainly before 11a.m. today.  Ms Sun will eventually make her grand entrance today.  It'll gradually become cloudy as the rain checks out, then it becomes mostly sunny with a high near 42°.  These early morning E-NE breezes will switch to the South at 6-10mph then West by later this afternoon.  Tonight...some cloud cover with winds out of the NW at 5-10mph and a low of 33°.  The weekend looks gray with 50% chance of rain for tomorrow and 90% chance on Sunday.  So far these 40 something temps are going to keep the white stuff at bay this weekend.  The Full Moon is Sunday into Monday so higher tides + lots of rainfall = tidal flooding. 
High tide:5:38p.m.
Low tide:11:25a.m.
Ocean temp:43°

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sunny Start / Cloudy Finish

Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and sunny with light breezes out of the N-NE at 4-6mph.  We still have snow on some surfaces out there as the meltdown continues.  It'll probably happen today as temps will hover around the mid-30s while clouds filter in making it a mostly cloudy day.  Winds will be out of the E-NE at 5-10mph.  Tonight... cloudy with a 70% chance of precipitation (showers) late with temps around 35° and winds out of the SE at 5-10mph.  I'm sure rain will wash away any leftover white stuff.  Tomorrow... we'll probably wake to rain as it becomes mostly sunny and warmer (mid-40s).  It now looks like both Saturday and Sunday could be washouts with this fairly intense weekend storm.  Oh, the dogs are headed to the Shore this weekend too by the way as it's the Boardwalk Kennel Club Dog Show (Wildwood Convention Center).  Keep the towels and grooming tools nearby as we're to expect lots of rainfall as well as very high tides and tidal flooding.  So far, the temps appear to be in the mid-40s so I'm thinking that for now, snow isn't coming to the island this round but appears it is North and West of us.  It'll all depend on those temperatures.
High tide:4:38p.m.
Low tide:10:31a.m.
Ocean temp:43°