Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Hiccup In This Extremely Lovely Weather

Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny (clouds just moved aside for Ms Sun) and breezy (Eastery 18-22mph) with dewpoint of 69° and humidity at 74%.  It'll pretty much a washout today as clouds aren't going anywhere and rains are due in by late this morning / early afternoon.  Temps will be in the mid-upper 70s.  Hunker down as winds will create havoc a little later out of the E-NE at 25-35mph +gusting.  It'll probably rain throughout the day into late evening and be pretty miserable.  Gale warnings are posted as seas will reach 11+ feet.  There will certainly be extremely strong rip currents. You could probably view some serious wave crashing action in North Wildwood as that ocean doesn't hesitate to breach the seawall when it's this windy and rough.  There's a "flash flood watch" posted meaning we could get some serious rainfall very quickly with the rainfall that's expected this afternoon into late tonight (2-4"). Entering and leaving the island when we're flooding is more successful when using the North Wildwood entrance and exit.  Wildwood seems to flood and close the base of the bridge leading onto the island.  Listen for flood sirens and move your vehicles to higher ground if need be. Get to know your arcades and there's always our movie theatre (Franks - Rio Stadium out on Rt. 9).  As for tomorrow...there are peeks of sun in the forecast as winds will have died down.  There's also a 50% chance of scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms late in the morning.  At this time Tuesday is looking like best of next week so far.
High tide:4:08p.m.
Low tide:9:37a.m. and 10:20p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:21p.m.
UV Index: 4 (moderate)
Rip Currents: Very high risk (life threatening for anyone entering the surf)

Friday, July 20, 2018

TGIF!

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  The beauty of this weather continues with Ms Sun shining this early morn with no breezes to note. Dewpoint is 65° and Humidity is 74%.   It's quiet (except for the seagulls) and still (not one tree leaf is moving).  It's perfectly lovely down the Shore.  It'll be the last of the beauties today as a rain system with wind has us in its sights beginning tomorrow.  Today though, plenty of sunshine with breezes off the ocean (E-SE) at 8-10mph as temps hit 80°.  Tonight...mostly clear, temps in the low 70s and SE breezes at 12-14mph.
High tide:3:14p.m.
Low tide:9:22p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:22p.m.
UV Index:9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk
So, I mentioned that ol' percentage for precipitation on yesterday's blog and that number is the key to what the chances are in having a wet weather day.  50% or lower is a pretty good chance you may not see any rainfall at all.  Tomorrow...has a 100% chance of rain (and wind) so count on a washout here at the Shore.  Sunday...60% so you'll probably have a break in rainfall although the wind is not going anywhere.  And, Monday...it's back to 80% chance of rain.  Tuesday...even though it's 60% chance of rain, it's looking clear with peeks of Ms Sun by afternoon.  These forecasts and/or reports change constantly so I'll continue to keep an eye on the upcoming week's weather for you vacationers looking for pleasant weather. Think positive!
Speaking of vacationers...here's the Friday Beach Tips which I should print and hand out to those ignorant folk who have no clue, never stop driving me crazy and leave me longing for September.  Yesterday...not one, not two, but  Three different nearby families provided their over-the-top Loud music all at the same time.  I had a compilation of Hip-hop, Latin and some Ed Sheeran blasting all at one time. We moved once (didn't help) and I saw someone get up and leave the beach because of it.   I should carry a megaphone and shout "Turn It Down".  I won't even begin my rant about the frisbee and football playing happening all around my blanket as their beach toys kept hitting my blanket or beach space.
Friday Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette~
~Remember to pack water, hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, and shade (umbrella or sand chair with a canopy). If packing 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 you.
~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.
~Don't forget those cigarette butts...collect and trash them.  Or just don't smoke and pollute the lovely sea air. Never stick them in the sand and leave them...that'll be tomorrow's find for the little kid digging in the sand.  Plus, cigarette filters take years to decompose and could be taken to the ocean by the tides giving sea life harmful/toxic cigarette filter tidbits to swallow. Smoking is banned on the Boardwalk in all the towns by the way.
~Remember to pack headphones for your music device or at least keep the volume down to a minimum (believe it or not no one wants to hear your music not to mention your beach neighbor might be quietly trying to listen to their own music).  
~Kindly give your beach neighbors space when selecting your beach campsite. Courtesy is key. Careful not to plop only inches from others' blankets/umbrellas.
~Teach children some beach etiquette. Running (basically "kicking") and dispensing sand nearby others 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 emotion when holding your sandwich up or out is a magnet for swooping gulls. Dropping one potato chip thoughtlessly 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).  If successful, seagull havoc begins as 40 other gulls come in for a food fight of your scattered lunch.  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.  I mean on the back side of the beach (dune side) or other designated areas is more appropriate for active beach games.  Stay away from those camped out that are simply trying to enjoy their quiet, relaxing beach day.  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 (they're terrific people).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beauty On The Island

Mornin'!  It's 69° in Wildwood NJ.  Blog's a little late...my gardens came first this morning.  Blue skies abound as Ms Sun is shining down.  Humidity's 72% with a Dewpoint of 57°.  There's a North-Northeast breeze at 7-12mph making me feel very grateful for have the opportunity to live on a what resembles a tropical island today.  I do admit sometimes living here (now 14 years) is taken for granted.  But, every so often a start to the day like this one is a major reality check on how lucky I am.  It's perfection in my opinion.  Anyway...the perfection continues with a sunny, calm day with blue skies, temps just tapping the 80s, breezes out of the N-NE and switching by mid-day to S-SE all at 7-12mph.  Tonight...clear, temps in the low 70s with S-SE breezes at 7-12mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same.  The weekend...not so much.  It's looking gray and damp for the weekend.
High tide:2:21p.m.
Low tide:7:43a.m. and 8:17p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:23p.m.
UV Index: 8-10 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk
I've had a few mentions noting the upcoming week's weather and I've been now keeping a close watch.  It's looking sinister.  By that, I mean every single day has "precipitation" in the forecast.  Here's the thing...I've always noted that when the forecasts read "50% or more" chance of precipitation, I personally would prepare for it.  It's leaning towards the real deal but it still may not rain (or fog or mist or snow or whatever). 50% chance is usually a percentage you might want to pay attention to though.  When it's 20%, 30% or 40% chance...I have seen many, many forecasts that say those percentages and it could be a mostly sunny day.  So, your guess is as good as mine but if we all put together our positive vibes and thoughts...some good will come out of next week's weather!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lovely Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 71° in Wildwood NJ.  It's perfectly lovely outside this morning.  We had a bit of unsettled, stormy, rainy weather last evening and it completely took that oppressive humidity away for now.  Dewpoint is 63° and Humidity's 61%.  There's a light breeze out of the North at 4-6mph making everything feel clear, clean, crisp and refreshing.  It'll be warm today with vivid blue, sunny skies, temps in the low-mid 80s and NW breezes at 8-10mph.  If heading to the beach...pack the insect repellent (always should be at the ready if there's any type of "westerly" breezes on the weather menu as the greenhead biting flies come with the westerlies).  Tonight...clear, temps down into the upper 60s / low 70s and breezes out of the S-SE at 5-8mph.  The weekend's looking "iffy" with 30-60% chance of rain showers and/or thunderstorms both days (Sunday being the lesser chance of the 2 days).
High tide:1:28p.m.
Low tide:7:13p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:23p.m.
UV Index:9 (very high)
Rip Currents: Low risk

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Mix of Weather

Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got us a foggy morning out there with a dewpoint of 73° and 94% humidity.  We're in the soup!  We've got some breezes coming out of the South at 10-15mph which will stick around and even ramp up a bit (20+mph) throughout the day and into tonight. It'll be another warm one with high humidity, and partly sunny / partly cloudy conditions as temps get up into the mid-upper 80s.  It'll be unsettled today as there's a 50-70% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms beginning later today (early evening) so keep a watch of the doppler.  Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Tonight...temps drop into the low 70s as those Southerly winds begin to shift from the North as this forecasted rain falls down.  Tomorrow...back to more settled weather as it'll be sunny and lovely.
High tide:12:33p.m.
Low tide:6:13p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:24p.m.
UV Index:9 (high)
Rip Current: Moderate (swim near a lifeguard, never alone, never a night)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mostly Sunny Warm Monday

Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny, warm and humid down the Shore.  Dewpoint: 72°, Humidity: 91%, Breezes: Easterly 2-3mph.  It'll be mostly sunny today (some clouds in the mix) with warm, humid, breezy conditions as temps climb into the low 80s and breezes out of the South at 10-20mph (pack a bungee cord to tether your beach umbrella today).  Tonight...clear, mid 70s, S-SW breezes at 14-17mph.  Tomorrow looks like a mostly cloudy day with 30-40% chance of rain/thunderstorms in the afternoon. 
High tide:11:36a.m.
Low tide:5:18p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:24p.m.
UV Index:9 (very high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (swim near a lifeguard, never alone and never a night)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mostly Pleasant and Warm Today

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and warm with 76% humidity and 69° dewpoint.  The breezes our out of the SW at 8-10mph.  It's a lovely Sunday morning out there.  My airconditioner's on I have to admit as inside the house is much more comfortable at the moment!  It'll be another warm one (not too warm) today with temps in the low-mid 80s, partly sunny (clouds in the mix today) and breezes out of the S-SW at 8-10mph.  Tonight...mostly cloudy with temps in the mid 70s and S-SW breezes at 12-15mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same with a bit more humidity in the mix.  It's that humidity that gets ya and makes you feel overheated more than anything.  Bottom line...nice beach day!
High tide:10:39a.m.
Low tide:4:25p.m.
Ocean temp:73°
Sunset:8:25p.m.
UV Index:9
Rip Currents: moderate