Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pleasant but Chilly Thursday

Mornin'!  It's 42° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear with Ms Sun waiting in the wings for her grand entrance in about a half hour.  Light breezes are out of the NE at 5-10mph.  It'll be a pleasant sunny day with cooler temps...mid-upper 40s and breezes out of the E-SE 13-15mph. There's a 50% chance of rain showers beginning on the overnight.  Breezes will be out of the SE at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow looks like a washout along with major winds.  March is not going to head out without a bang.  Good riddance.  The weekend...still 50-50 with Sunday looking like the sunnier of the two days.
High tide:10:30a.m.
Low tide:4:24p.m.
Ocean temp:43°
Sunset:7:23p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sunny Hump Day

Mornin'!  It's 48° in Wildwood NJ.  It's cloudy with a light breeze (North 8-10mph).  It smells nice outside (the marshes are fragrant) and the birds are chirping in the distance (no seagulls) as the other island birds are making their dawn presence known today.  It's really nice outside.  It'll be a beauty today with the clouds checking out allowing plenty of sunshine. Temps will be tapping 60° with breezes out of the N-NW at 10-15mph.  Tonight...clear, breezes out of the N-NE at 20-25mph and temps back into the low-mid 40s.  Tomorrow...more sun but much cooler temps.  So far...another 50-50 weekend on tap with Saturday being the grayer of the two days.
High tide:9:41a.m.
Low tide:3:40p.m.
Ocean temp:44°
Sunset:7:22p.m.
Footnote: It's 11a.m. and we're still thickly cloud covered with not a drop of sunshine!
It's now 1:15p.m. and Ms Sun's checked in with terrific cloudless blue skies!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mostly Gray Tuesday

Mornin'!  It's 51° in Wildwood NJ. It's cloudy with a light breeze out of the South at 3-5mph.  Looks like it'll be cloudy throughout the day with 80% chance of rain showers off and on. There's even a chance of a thunderstorm today and tonight.  Who knows though...yesterday turned out to be a lovely Spring day so we may see some clearing or peeks of Ms Sun. Temps will stay right about where they are now around the low-mid 50s as breezes will shift some from the S-SW at 8-10mph.  Tonight...more rain showers, temps in the upper 40s and breezes out of the N-NE at 15-20mph. Ms Sun is expected to return tomorrow and stay checked in.
High tide:8:55a.m.
Low tide:2:56p.m.
Ocean temp:42°
Sunset:7:21p.m.

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Moon Monday!

Mornin'!  And, Happy Birthday to my sister Do. If not for her there would be no Wildwood weather blog.  It was all her idea and a surprise Christmas gift in 2009 (when I had absolutely no idea what a "blog" was and all I ever talked about was the weather down the shore compared to Philadelphia's). She put me on my blog journey by showing me the ropes and giving my weather voice...a platform for my words to be written.  Today's entry is dedicated to her as she celebrates yet another birthday as she continues to catch up to me!  It's 45° and misty in Wildwood NJ.  Lots and lots of moisture in the air as everything's dripping wet. The heavy, thick cloud cover is doing that thing making the ocean's waves crashing down very loud and clear way across the island as my home is much nearer to the marsh than the ocean.  You can faintly hear the roar inside the house.  Love it.  Anyway... we're going to have cloud cover throughout the day as rain showers are on the menu for today.  Temps will be in the low-mid 50s with breezes out of the S-SW at 10-20mph.  One forecast did say peeks of sun today as well.  Tonight...mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of rain showers and scattered thunderstorms and winds out of the South at 10-20mph with temps in the upper 40s.  Tomorrow and tomorrow night...more of the same.  New Moon today so tides could be higher than normal...just an fyi!
High tide:8:11a.m.
Low tide:2:12p.m.
Ocean temp:43°
Sunset:7:20p.m.
Happy Birthday Sis.  Hope it's a great day! xo

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday "Gray" One

Mornin'!  It's 43° in Wildwood NJ.  Well, it turned out to be that 50-50 weekend they were talking about.  Yesterday turned into a lovely warm, sunny day as temps got up into the low 70s!  Not this half of the weekend though.  It's currently cloudy and windy (E-NE 20-30mph).  No rain showers but they're coming.  It'll feel windy and raw today with temps staying just about where they are now (they might rise to the upper 40s) but the stiff winds aren't going anywhere.  We have showers in the forecast throughout the evening (50% chance).  Winds will stay checked in and shift some from the E-SE at 15-20mph as it'll turn misty and foggy tonight.  Tomorrow will start out the way Sunday ended as misty light rain and/or fog is the Monday morning forecast. Speaking of rain...it may rain down on the island until Wednesday so keep the bumbershoot handy.  Oh... almost forgot...got some fresh little necks, cod and shrimp in (from the Lobster House) as the plan is to put together some fish chowder for today's (and most likely tonight's) soup.
High tide:7:26a.m. and 7:49p.m.
Low tide:1:28p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:7:19p.m.

If interested in the Fish Chowder Recipe...here's how I'm doing it:
14 oz. Can of Plum Tomatoes
2 C Potatoes
1 C Onions
2 cloves Garlic
1 C Celery
1 C Carrots
1 C Parsnips
½ C Green Bell Pepper
5 C Fish Stock (mine will be from the broth of the little neck clams and shrimp simmering)
2 C Water
2 T Butter
1 Slice Bacon
1 tsp Thyme
3 Bayleaf
Salt and Pepper
½ C fresh parsley
¼ T Crab boil seasoning
½ T Paprika
1-2 lbs of Fish of your choice (I'm using Clams, Shrimp, Cod and canned Crab)
Cook Clams and shrimp and put aside.  When cooled down, remove from their tiny shells and chop. Strain their stock from sand (several times in a cheesecloth filled strainer) and add water to the clam stock.
In a heavy soup Stockpot Sauté the diced onions, green pepper, parsnips, garlic, celery, carrots and potatoes in bacon fat and butter.  After sweating down, add the seasonings and tomatoes (cut up into bite size pieces) with its juice and add the clam broth.  Simmer until tender and add the fish until thoroughly cooked (approx 10-15minutes) and serve.  Bon Apetit!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Gray" This Last Weekend In March

Mornin'!  It's 56° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and still.  No breezes to note.  It'll become partly cloudy this morning then lightly overcast with Ms Sun peeking in this afternoon along with a 20% chance of a shower.  Temps will tap the 60s (even a possibility of 70°) with breezes out of the SW at 10-15mph.  Tonight...overcast with breezes out of the NE at 10-15mph and temps in the low-mid 40s.  Tomorrow looks much like today with cooler temps, windier and 30% chance of showers.  Guess this weekend wasn't as 50-50 as was forecasted but with March things could be a lot worse.
High tide:6:40a.m. and 7:06p.m.
Low tide:12:42p.m.
Ocean temp:43°
Sunset:7:18p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Mix

Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  Like yesterday morning...it's clear and starlit with a light breeze out of the E-SE at 3-5mph.  Today will be mostly sunny along with some cloud cover and a high of 50° with blustery winds out of the South at 15-25mph. Tonight...mostly clear with some cloud cover in the mix as temps drop into the mid-upper 40s with breezes out of the S-SW at 12-18mph.  Now the forecasts are saying that the weekend's looking kind of gray but now the possibility of rain isn't until Sunday evening (50% chance).  Tomorrow looks partly cloudy with (if you're lucky) peeks of sun and warmer (low 60s) and Sunday...cloudy (no peeks of sun) but cooler with temps in the upper 40s.  March seems to be unsettled as she's winding down.
High tide:6:19p.m.
Low tide:11:56a.m.
Ocean temp:42°
Sunset:7:17p.m.