Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Unsettled Tuesday

Mornin'!  It's 79° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under hazy skies with hardly any breeze (NE 2-4mph).  Ms Sun's trying her best to shine through the haze but it's not happening yet.  Expect a mix of clouds and sun early in the day (once Ms Sun makes her way through) and mostly cloudy skies this afternoon.  A stray thunderstorm or shower is possible (30% chance).  Keep your eye on the sky (we had a thunderous one come in yesterday afternoon while on the beach).  Today's temps will get up into the mid-upper 80s with Easterly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tonight... some clouds in the sky with 20% chance of a shower and/or thunderstorm possible.  Temps will drop down into the mid-70s with winds out of the South at 6-9mph.  Tomorrow... pretty much a repeat of today with those afternoon storms looming all around us due to this heat and humidity as of late.
High tide: 11:53AM
Low tide: 5:39PM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunset: 7:50PM
UV Index: 7-8 (medium to high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mostly Sunny Monday

Mornin'!  It's 77°  in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's shining down on the island.  It's warm and humid (humidity's 90% with a dewpoint of 73°).  Breezes are light out of the SW at 5-7mph.  Expect warm, humid conditions today with mostly sunny (some clouds in the mix) skies.  It'll be hazy at times as temps get up into the mid-upper 80s.  Breezes will be out of the S-SW at 9-12mph.  Tonight... mostly clear with temps in the upper 70s and SW breezes at 5-8mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same.  Both days will have a 15-20% chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm in the late afternoon.
High tide: 11:16AM
Low tide: 5:02PM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunset: 7:49PM
UV Index: 9 (very high)
Rip Current: Low risk

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hazy Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got mostly cloudy conditions.  It's one of those hazy (almost foggy), warm, damp mornings with humidity way up there... 94% (dewpoint of 75°).  Everything outside is damp with a layer of moisture.  It's almost "still" as breezes are light out of the SW at 4-6mph.  Expect a partly to mostly cloudy day as it'll be hazy, warm and humid with temps in the low-mid 80s and breezes out of the S-SE at 8-12mph.  Tonight... mostly clear with some cloud cover as temps drop to where they are now... mid-upper 70s and breezes out of the South at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny and warm.
High tide: 10:39AM
Low tide: 4:26PM
Ocean temp: 73°
Sunrise: 6:15AM
Sunset: 7:52PM
UV Index: 8 (high)
Rip Currents: Low Risk
Oh, in case you're interested, here's the 2019 Pizza tour results...

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hazy, Warm Weekend

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  It feels like 85° with the humidity at 86% and dewpoint of 74°.  We're under hazy cloud cover at the moment.  Thankfully.  It would feel extremely hot with Ms Sun shining down right about now.  Breezes are light out of the E-NE at 4-6mph.  The forecast has changed a bit for the weekend as it'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today with a 20% chance of a stray afternoon shower and/or thunderstorm.  Temps will be in the low-mid 80s (maybe even warmer with the humidity) and breezes will be light out of the E-SE at 4-6mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy with temps in the mid-upper 70s and Southerly breezes at 4-6mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same with that hazy, partly cloudy sky but hardly any chance of one of those passing, stray showers or storms.  Humidity stays checked in as it'll feel much warmer than the actual temperature.  I think we'll see more sunshine today than tomorrow by the look of the forecasts I've checked.
High tide:10:01AM
Low tide:3:49PM
Ocean temp: 73°
Sunset: 7:54PM
UV Index: 7-8
Rip Currents: Moderate (rough ocean today... be mindful of where you're dipping)

Friday, August 16, 2019

It's Friday!

Mornin'! It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  It's partly sunny and humid with hardly a breezy wifting (wafting) over the island.  Humidity's 91% with a Dewpoint of 73°.  Breezes are out of the NE at 2-4mph.  It'll be a mostly sunny (some clouds in the mix) day with temps in the low-80s and breezes out of the East at 6-9mph.  Tonight... clear and moonlit with temps in the low-mid 70s and breezes out of the E-NE at 5-8mph.  The weekend's still looking 5-Star as it'll be mainly sunny and warm with temps in the low-mid 80s.
High tide: 9:23AM
Low tide: 3:10PM
Ocean temp: 73°
Sunset: 7:55PM
Moonrise: 8:51PM
UV index: 8-9 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (Rough, strong water currents today. Swim near a lifeguard, never alone or at night.)
And, it's Friday.  Only a few Fridays left before the vacation/shoobie/less-crowded beach season is behind us.
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 at 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 backside 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!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Thursday's Forecast A Bit Early

Evenin'!  It's humpday evening and is 83° in humid Wildwood NJ.  I'm writing this for tomorrow morning as I'll be doing some Grandmom activities up the road very early tomorrow (departing tonight) and I thought I would just give a bit of a weather forecast for tomorrow before heading out this evening.  Expect considerable cloudiness early and clouds decreasing later in the day for Thursday.  Temps will tap 80° with a stray shower and/or thunderstorm possible (25% chance).  Winds will be a bit on the blustery side (pack a bungee for that beach umbrella) as they'll be 10-20mph out of the NE.  Tomorrow night... Full Moon with partly cloudy skies, temps in the low 70s and NE winds at 5-10mph.
High tides: 8:44AM and 8:57PM
Low tide: 2:30PM
Sunset: 7:57PM
Moonrise: 8:21PM

Grayish Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloud cover with hardly a breeze (N-NE at 2-4mph).  After yesterday's (at times) torrential, rainy, floody day, it's a soaking-wringing wet morning, with 100% humidity outside (with 74° dewpoint).  It feels like a warm, wet washcloth swaddling you.  Expect humid, partly to mostly cloudy conditions with those isolated rain showers and/or thunderstorms developing this afternoon (30% chance).  As we know, these storms can contain strong winds and enable street flooding (we had a good dose yesterday).  Ms Sun may pop up now and then this afternoon.  We'll be hovering around 80° with E-NE winds at 5-10mph.  Tonight... temps will back into the low-70, winds will be still coming from the NE at 5-10mph and it will be partly cloudy.  A stray shower could pop up.  The Moon will be making itself known tonight if the clouds give way.  If conditions are right, there will be a Moon Rise at the horizon.  The Full Moon is tomorrow creating higher than normal tides.  Tomorrow... partly cloudy and still warm and humid.  It'll be breezier tomorrow.  This coming weekend is still looking A-OK.
High Tide: 8:04AM and 8:16PM
Low Tide: 1:47PM
Ocean Temp: 73°
Sunset: 7:58PM
Moonrise: 7:47PM
UV Index: 7-8 (on the "high" side)
Rip Currents: Low Risk