Thursday, August 13, 2020

Foggy Start - Gray Day

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 99% with a Dewpoint of 75°.  We're sitting under some very thick fog at the moment.  The humidity is extremely heavy outside.  Not much in breezes to note E-SE at 1-3mph.  I doubt if this fog will burn off like the Tuesday's as there's not much in the line of sun expected today.  We're supposed to remain mostly cloudy this morning.  By this afternoon, we're likely to have developing scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms (40% chance) with E-SE winds at 5-10mph.  Tonight... more widespread rain developing (80% chance) with temps in the low-70s and E-NE winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms with a high of 78°.  At this time, the weekend's still looking "eh" with Saturday being the drier (30% chance of showers) of the two days but blustery (NE 20-30mph).  Sunday's looking mostly cloudy with 60% chance of showers.
High Tide: 3:32PM
Low Tide: 9:21AM
Ocean Temp: 75°
Sunrise: 6:12AM
Sunset: 7:56PM
UV Index: 7
Rip Currents: Low Risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 187,777
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,885
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 848
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 88

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Partly Sunny / Partly Cloudy

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got humidity at 95% with dewpoint of 75°.  Ms Sun's shining.  Breezes are light out of the S-SW at 5-7mph.  We're going to have sunshine this morning before the clouds roll in as we're going to have considerable cloudiness beginning this afternoon.  Temps will be in the low-mid 80s with Southerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tonight... mostly cloudy with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible (20% chance), temps where they are now... mid-70s and Southerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... variable cloud cover with 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms along with occasional rain showers.  At this time, the weekend's looking "eh" with mostly cloudy and rainy conditions.  Keep checking back on that one if you're making weekend plans for the Shore.
High tide: 2:40PM
Low tide: 8:19AM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunrise: 6:11AM
Sunset: 7:58PM
UV Index: 8-9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 187,328
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,890
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 845
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Perseids Meteor Shower Tonight

Webcam Shot - North Wildwood - 5th Avenue Bay Shot
Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 99% with a dewpoint of 74°.  It's foggy as hell at the moment and we're saturated and dripping wet.  No watering the garden needed this morning!  Ms Sun's been up for an hour and she's got her work cut out for her as she tries to burn through this soup.  Expect clouds and fog early followed by some clearing and even a possibility of a stray shower or thunderstorm today (20% chance mostly this afternoon).  Sunshine will be coming through by late morning but it'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today.  Temps will be in the low-80s with Southerly breezes at 10-15mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy, mid-70s and S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... basically same as today.  Tonight and tomorrow... if a clear night sky permits, there will be a Perseids meteor shower. 
High tide: 1:54PM
Low tide: 7:23AM and 8:27PM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunrise: 6:10AM
Sunset: 7:59PM
UV Index: 8-9
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,884
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,878
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 839
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Monday, August 10, 2020

Summery, Sunny, Monday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 92% with a Dewpoint of 72°.  Ms Sun just rose and is trying her best to break on through the hazy clouds right along the horizon line.  Winds are barely there out of the SW at 3-5mph.  Expect a pleasant summer day with plenty of sunshine, temps in the low-80s and South winds at 10-15mph. There's a very slight chance (10%) of a passing shower today. Tonight... clear, low of 73° with S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same.  Wednesday... more of the same.  Thursday... not so much.
High tide: 1:12PM
Low tide: 6:39AM and 7:23PM
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunrise: 6:09AM
Sunset: 7:59PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,626
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,874
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 837
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Mosty Sunny Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 70% with a dewpoint of 71°.  Breezes are barely there out of the West at 2-4mph.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the low-80s.  10-15mph S-SW winds are on tap and as usual there's a 20% chance of a passing shower and/or thunderstorm.  Tonight... partly clear skies with temps in the low-70s and SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... a repeat of today.
High tide: 12:31PM
Low tide: 6:30PM
Ocean temp: 77°
UV Index: High
Rip Current: Low risk
Sunrise: 6:08AM
Sunset: 8:01PM
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,282
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,869
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 829
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Mix Of Clouds And Sun

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 94% with a dewpoint of 70°.  Breezes are out of the NE at 4-6mph.  It's extremely muggy and humid outside.  We had rain showers last night into the overnight and everything's saturated and watered nicely.  It'll be a partly sunny, warmish day with temps in the low 80s and breezes out of the E-NE switching to the E-SE by mid-day all at 5-10mph.  There's a 20% chance of a stray shower and/or thunderstorm.  Tonight... mostly clear skies, temps where they are now (low 70s) and winds light and variable.  Tomorrow... morning clouds giving way to mainly sunshine and high of 82°.  Southerly breezes are checking in as well tomorrow... 5-10mph.
High tide: 11:48AM
Low tide: 5:45PM
Ocean temp: 78°
Sunrise: 6:07AM
Sunset: 8:02PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 185,914
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,860
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 827
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Friday, August 7, 2020

Partly Sunny / Partly Cloudy Friday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloud cover with 92% humidity and a dew point of 72°.  Breezes are light out of the E-NE at 7-9mph.  Expect variable cloud cover today.  Meaning... partly cloudy.  There's a 30-40% chance of rain.  Winds will be out of the East at 5-10mph.  Tonight... scattered showers (60% chance) with the possibility of thunderstorms.  Temps will drop into the low-70s with E-NE winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... more clouds again but with only 20% chance of rain.  There's always that possibility of a stray shower and/or thunderstorm and that appears it could be in the morning.  Sunday... sunny Sunday.
High Tide: 11:05AM
Low Tide: 5:05PM
Ocean Temp: 78°
Sunrise: 6:06AM
Sunset: 8:03PM
UV Index: 8
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 185,554
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,849
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 828
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 87

Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette...

~Think "mask".  When walking the streets and beach paths, it can be very close quarters in some areas and it's necessary to wear one and hardly anyone wears a mask!
~Give that 6' of space (more if possible) when deciding on your campsite at the beach and that 6' means completely surrounding your beach encampment people; not just on one side with 3' on the other side.  
~Things to pack for the beach... water, (I pack a small spray bottle of fresh water for you never know what), hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, first aid kit, shade (umbrella or sand chair with a canopy), something to read and a small trash bag to collect any trash you may have accumulated while there and of course a "Mask".
~Phone use... more often than not and I'm not sure why but folks get up and leave their party / blanket / chair to have their phone conversations (loudly) by way of walking through and pacing and lingering at others encampments for all else to hear their phone call.  What is that??
~Let's talk "music"... no one wants to hear your music although many self-proclaimed disc jockeys come to the beach thinking we all want to hear their music choices.  Pack headphones or at least keep your music decibel down to where only you and those with you can hear it.  
~Winds... know the wind direction and wind speed if possible.  When traversing the beach (hopefully with footwear) be aware of how close you're walking near people lying on their blankets.  Give some thought to how your flip flops are kicking up sand as the stiff winds blow the sand all over those you're walking by.  When planting an umbrella especially on a windy day, you may have to take extra steps to secure it such as sand (screw) grabber or bungee cord.  It's pretty amazing how insecure some umbrellas can be as the wind launches them directly toward unknowing folks relaxing right in the line of fire waiting to be impaled.  Also, shake towels and blankets away from others noting the wind direction.  And, remember that West Winds bring green head flies that bite.  Pack the insect repellent.
~Note the tide times when going to the beach. You can always ask the lifeguard.  If the tide is at it's highest, you can sit as close to the water as you can as the tide will take the entire day to go down to low tide increasing the size of the beach tenfold.  You'll literally sit and watch the beach grow as the water slowly recedes a block or more away.  
~A recent beach posting is there's "No Smoking" on the beach except in designated areas. 
~No dogs allowed on the beach (except for 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. 
~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 beach-goers 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, spike-ball or kite-flying etc. best done on the back side of the beach (dune side) or other designated areas that are more appropriate for active beach games away from those camped on the beach that are simply trying to enjoy their beach day.  The beach patrol will probably stop you if playing in the wrong area anyway.  
~Observe and follow posted beach warnings (closed beaches, no alcohol, strong rip currents, surfboard/boogie board "only" areas etc) and always pay attention to lifeguards.  If in doubt...ask the lifeguard.

~Couresty is key.  Be kind to one another.  Let's all be safe and happy for the rest of this incredibly strange summer.