Thursday, March 21, 2019

Crapola Thursday

Throwback Thursday
Me on Wildwood beach - circa 1955
Mornin'!  It's 46° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining.  It's breezy... E-SE at 15-20mph.  It's noisy... the breezes howling along with the ocean's roar is loud and clear this early morn (and that's inside the house).  No sunrise today.  There was no full moonrise last evening either due to the cloud cover.  It began raining even before turning in last night. For today... expect a raw and rainy day down the Shore as all forecasts are reporting 100% chance of rain with stiff winds out of the E-SE at 20-30mph +gusting.  Temps will be in the upper 40s.  Tonight... rain likely (70% chance) with temps in the low 40s and SE winds shifting to the W-SW at 20-30mph +gusting.  Doubt if we'll have a moonrise tonight either.  It'll be a crapola day and evening for sure.  We'll probably see tidal flooding due to the rains along with that Super Moon's leftover gravitational pull.  Remember... don't drive through salty, corrosive flood waters!  The weekend's looking like typical March weather with partly sunny skies and very blustery winds making the wind chill (mid-upper 20s) go right through you.
High tide:8:57a.m. and 9:27p.m.
Low tide:3:04p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vernal Equinox - Super Moon

North Wildwood - Hereford Lighthouse Garden
Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear as Ms Sun just rose over the ocean's horizon.  It's quiet and still as there are no breezes to note at the moment.  It's cold and crisp and briny with another frosty morning (there's frost layered on everything).  It's Spring!  Happy Spring!  It'll be a lovely, cold, Spring day with a mix of clouds and sun and breezes out of the E at 9-12mph with temps in the low-mid 40s.  Tonight... clouds roll in (hopefully not before the moonrise later) as temps stay in the low-40s with breezes out of the East at 7-9mph.  Tomorrow... rainy and raw.  The weekend... looks so far so good with breezy sunshine and 40° temps.
So, there are some celebrated things going on today as it's a special day throughout the world.  It's the Spring Equinox which basically means Day and Night are just about the same length.  Thus, "Equinox" means "equal".  Also, the center of the Sun is directly above the earth's equator today. It usually happens this day (or near it 3/19, 3/20, 3/21) of March.  It's the first time since 1981 that the Full Moon and Spring Equinox happen on the same day.  This Full Moon is known as the Super Moon as tonight's moon will appear larger than usual since its proximity to earth is closer than normal.  The moon actually becomes "full" at 9:43p.m. tonight and Spring's officially here at 5:58p.m. tonight.  Let's all celebrate the dark half of the year passing!  Get out and ready those gardens and summon those seeds to be planted as the earth becomes warmer and brighter.
High tide:5:08p.m.
Low tide:2:17p.m.
Ocean temp: 41°

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last Day Of Winter

Mornin'!  It's 34° in Wildwood NJ.  If it were pumpkin season there would be frost on them.  Seems like everything's got frost on it this morning.  It's clear and brisk with the sky brightening and becoming colorful along the horizon as Ms Sun's about to cross over any moment now.  It'll be a pleasant day this last day of Winter... plenty of sunshine, temps in the mid-40s and breezes light out of the E-SE at 4-6mph.  Tonight... clear, temps in the mid-upper 30s with breezes out of the S-SE at 3-5mph.  It's St. Joseph's day today and celebrated all over the world by Christians. Since I'm married to a Joseph, having a son named Joseph, my father-in-law was a Joseph and his father was a Joseph, this date always stands out for me.  Both my hubby and I had great-aunts who were St. Joseph nuns. Unbeknownst to me, my great-aunt (Sister Mary) prayed to St. Joseph during my entire pregnancy beseeching I'd have a healthy baby after losing our firstborn son (Kevin)  to a congenital heart defect. That's when we had our second (healthy) son naming him Joseph adding all of that up after his birth.  It was the perfect name.  March 19th seems to bring it all back to the surface in a good way.  Happy St Joseph's day!  Until December... see you next year Winter!  Life is good!
High tide:7:16a.m. and 7:49p.m.
Low tide:1:27p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last Monday Of Winter

North Wildwood - Waiting for the Full Moon Rise
Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under overcast skies but at the moment Ms Sun is doing all she can to make a grand entrance through all that cloud cover.  Could make for a lovely sunrise (which was an hour ago).  Breezes are light out of the North at 3-5mph.  There's a 40% chance of light rain or snow showers this morning which could continue through the early part of this afternoon.  All forecasts are reporting mostly cloudy conditions today (a couple posted peeks of sun later today) as temps get into the low 40s.  E-NE winds will check in at 8-10mph this afternoon and switch from the East at 5-8mph tonight.  Tonight's temps... low 30s with mostly clear skies.  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns and so does the slightly higher temps... mid-upper 40s.  Only a couple more days until Spring and the Full Moon!
High Tide:6:56p.m.
Low Tide:12:35p.m.
Ocean Temp:41°

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 17th

Mornin'!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It's early and still dark outside.  It's brisk - 35° with clear, starlit skies and hardly any breezes worth mentioning (North 2-4mph).  It's High Tide too at the moment and there will be another one tonight.  It's going to be a lovely, crisp day with temps in the mid-40s and plenty of sunshine.  Winds will be out of the W-NW at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clear with temps in the upper 30s and winds light and variable again out of the S-SW at 3-5mph. Tomorrow looks like a mostly gray day with rain showers by afternoon along with peeks of the sun by early evening.  Could make for an exquisite sunset.  Today's weather will be perfect for a walk in the sea air and a nice St. Patty's Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and some freshly baked Irish soda bread!
High tide: 5:23p.m.
Low tide:11:41a.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Saturday, March 16, 2019

St. Patty's Weekend!

Mornin'!  It's 47° in Wildwood NJ.  The Blog's a bit late as I slept in today.  After spending a day and partial evening at my daughter's and son-in-law's home in a Philly suburb yesterday we arrived home late last night.  I spent most of my time outdoors with my family and grandkids in their backyard enjoying the sunshine along with warm 74° temps.  I don't think the coast came close to that type of weather yesterday as we left behind windy, cold, misty conditions.  But, I sure enjoyed a beautiful taste of Spring right into dusk last night.  We'll surely be enjoying more sunshine this weekend but with cooler mid-upper 40° temperatures.  Expect a cool day with plentiful sunshine and blustery winds out of the W-NW at 18-24mph.  Tonight... clear with temps in the low-mid 40s and NW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... more sunshine, even cooler temps and less breezy.  Oh, and we could wake to rain on Monday.  Happy St. Patty's Weekend!
High tide:4:52p.m.
Low tide:10:43a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Ides Of March

Mornin'!  It' 50° in Wildwood NJ.  March is showing itself this morning... gray and windy with S-SW winds at 18-22mph.  It'll be a bad hair day this anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar (3/15).  Expect a gray and somewhat rainy day with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and rain showers with plenty of those March winds... S-SW at 20-25mph +gusting.  Temps will rise up a bit... low-mid 50s.  Tonight... 70% chance of rain with S-SW winds at 15-20mph and temps hovering around the 50° mark.  This Irish Weekend will be sunny with temps in the mid-upper 40s and on the breezy side. Not too shabby.
High tide:3:41p.m.
Low tide:9:37a.m.
Ocean temp:40°