Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 68° in Wildwood NJ.  These beautiful seabreezes are out of the South at 10-15mph.  At the moment it's clear with Ms Sun doing her best to shine down.  We've got a sky full of dark clouds surrounding us (weird morning brightness out there) and everything's damp from the overnight-early morning rain showers.  Speaking of rain...expect some rain showers off and on today.  There's anywhere from a 30-80% chance depending on where the storm clouds move.  Right now...the doppler seems to have a storm headed right this way over the Delaware Bay.  We'll have to keep an eye on that one as it appears we might get skirted at any time.  Temps will be in the mid-upper 70s with breezes all over the place first out of the S-SW, then South, then S-SE, then tonight...E-NE all at around 9-13mph.  Tonight...rain with temps in the mid 60s.  Tomorrow...pretty much the same as today but cooler (low-mid 60s).  As for the upcoming week...Full moon on Tuesday and not much in the line of sunshine until the weekend.'s still thick as molasses on the island this morning.  Parking is at a premium!  And, no more ranting as it's almost over.
High tide:7:09a.m. and 7:35p.m.
Low tide:1:00p.m.
Ocean temp:62°
UV Index:moderate (6-7)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Day IV of Perfection

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and a bit breezy (SW 13-16mph) and lovely outside.  Perfect for kite flying as Wildwood's in the midst of their annual Kite Festival.  All my windows are wide open allowing the sea breeze to wift (waft) on in.  It's also allowing the island sounds into my home...seagulls laughing, neighboring air conditioners rattling, motorcycles revving, pickup trucks mufflers roaring, car alarms sounding, huge boat trailers rattling as they're pulled down the streets, police car sirens in the distance, dogs barking everywhere (including mine, unfortunately), folks nearby chatting and laughing loudly (some on phones) oblivious to the early morning folk still enjoying their sleep.  What I'm not hearing is next door's full house of young folk partying into the wee hours of the early morning.  We're in it now as this tiny island is totally packed to the gills which seems like hundreds of thousands of seashore loving folk.  There's too many people here on the island.  My husband's afraid we may sink!  Okay...done my rant.
It'll be another pleasant day.  Expect "kite flying" breezes out of the SW at 12-14mph with plenty of sunshine and temps tapping the low 80s.  Tonight...clouds roll in as there's a 60% chance of showers and/or thunderstorms with temps in the low 70s and breezes out of the S-SW at 10-13mph.  Tomorrow...70-80% chance of showers and/or thunderstorms throughout the day and evening.  Monday mostly cloudy that 80% decreasing to 30%.
High tide:6:18a.m. and 6:50p.m.
Low tide:12:16p.m.
Ocean temp:60°
UV Index:8 (high)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Weekend Has Begun!

Mornin'!  It's 63° in Wildwood NJ.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It's sunny with a very light breeze out of the South (2-3mph).  It appears as if everyone's here!  There's not a parking spot to be had on my street at the moment.  At 6a.m. I saw 2 dog-walkers already along with cyclists traversing.  Trust me, that's not the norm for 8 months out of the year. Every house around mine is occupied (this past Wednesday all were empty). I can actually hear the hum of neighboring air conditioners rattling through my opened windows.  It's that time of year when I'm mandated to make the adjustment to "share the shore".  I've got this but it takes major adjusting.  It's the feeling of infiltration and extreme coziness.  Like being asked to move further into the elevator as that last person pushes their way in.
Okay...I'm done my rant.
It'll be another perfect weather day with lots of warmth and sunshine.  Temps will tap the 80° mark again as breezes commence a little later from the SW at 10-12mph.  Tonight...clear and moonlit with temps in the mid-60s and breezes out of the S-SW at 18-20mph.  Tomorrow...pretty much another repeat of this fabulous weather with some clouds thrown in here and there.  By tomorrow evening...the weather shifts a bit with 50% chance of showers and/or thunderstorms as some crapola weather will be sticking around until Monday afternoon I'm sorry to report.
High tide:6:01p.m.
Low tide:11:29a.m.
Ocean temp:60°
UV Index: high (8-9) pack the sunblock
And, since it's "The Season's" first Friday...I'm posting the ol' Beach Etiquette Checklist" as chances are the beach will no doubt be enjoyed today...
Friday Beach Etiquette tips~
~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 situated everywhere as The Wildwoods do recycle.
~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 (believe it or not no one wants to hear your music blaring from your boom box).  Big, loud boom boxes are not welcomed on the beach.
~Kindly give your neighbors space when selecting your beach site. Courtesy is key. Careful not to plop down in others personal beach space.
~Teach children some beach etiquette. Running (basically "kicking") nearby others and 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 similar to vultures and are eyeing beachgoers constantly 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).  Seagull havoc then 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 chips from your bag as well as share your snacks with their gull friends while you're taking a walk or a dip (seen it happen many times).
~Playing ball, frisbee, 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 designated areas, not near beachgoers would probably be the best place as the beach patrol will usually stop you anyway if you're in the wrong area.  Playing where folks are camped relaxing and enjoying their beach day is a no-no. 
~shake towels and blankets away from others noting the wind direction.
~observe and follow posted warnings (closed beaches, rip currents, surfboard/boogie board area etc) and always pay attention to lifeguards.  If in doubt...ask the lifeguard (they're terrific people).
~Now, let's all enjoy that beach together! And, live together with kindess and in peace.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

This Is What I'm Talking About

Mornin'!  It's 65° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and at'em!  There's not a breeze or a cloud in the bright, blue sky.  It's perfection outside.  It's so nice that when I stepped onto the porch, it almost took my breath away.  My first reaction was to just sit on the porch and take it all in...ya know...just stay in the moment.  I proceeded to walk around the yard and check in on all the gardens.  This is what I took it in...Ms Sun just welcoming dawn, stillness, the extreme calm and quiet before the storm (in more ways than one), birds chirping, seagulls laughing, geese flying north overhead, the strong fragrance of the marsh and warming beach sand, my new awnings, my freshly scrubbed back porch, my beautiful new trash picked wooden rockers and all the plants, veggies and flowers surrounding me as they all begin to grow (that includes those housebound tropicals once again enjoying the outdoors).  Plus I still have to pinch myself that I live down the Shore. The weather's going to be 5-Star today.  Blue skies and sunshine will abound with light breezes...first out of the N-NE, then SE, and tonight...S-SW all around 7-10mph.  Temps will just be tapping 80°.  Tonight...mid 60s and moonlit skies.  Tomorrow...ditto on today's weather.  The weekend... not so much as a tropical disturbance will be bringing crapola weather for Sunday and Monday.  I'll keep checking but it's leaning that way.
High tide:5:06p.m.
Low tide:10:39a.m.
Ocean temp:60°
UV Index:high (8-9)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lovely Spring Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 65° in Wildwood NJ.  It's calm with no breezes to report as Ms Sun is up and trying to avert the remnants of cloud cover from last night's rainy weather system.  I'm happy to report that everything received a nice watering beginning early last evening.  The seagulls are everywhere expressing their happiness as well.  It's somewhat gray and dull.  However, today will be the first of a group of fantastic weather days.  Ms Sun is on her way and booked until Saturday evening as we could see rain beginning Sunday morning.  I'm keeping a close eye on this upcoming holiday weekend's weather. I'd like to have perfect weather for my visiting grandbabies and I've been biting my lip a little.  Oh...speaking of visitors...the Shore has started to see an increase of visitors as traffic, driveways, gas stations, shops, lines, boardwalk etc is beginning to thicken.  The summer-dweller ambiance is in motion!  Those who are already here have lucked out for this little stretch of near-perfect weather.  Today...expect some perfect Spring weather with sunny skies, temps in the mid-upper 70s and light breezes.  Today...75° with W-NW breezes at 8-10mph.  Tonight...mid 60s with NW breezes at 4-6mph and clear moonlit skies (the Full Moon is the 29th).
High tide:4:07p.m.
Low tide:9:44a.m.
Ocean temp:59°
UV Index: high (8-9)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

50/50 Kind Of Day

Mornin'!  It's 61° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun is up and shining down.  We have some milky cloud cover trying to obscure her and her bright warmth but at the moment...Ms Sun's got this one.  Breezes are very light (5-7mph) out of the SE.  It'll be a pleasant, partly sunny / partly cloudy first half of the day with temps in the mid 60s and by late this afternoon...heavier clouds move on in as there's a 60% chance of scattered rain showers and 80% chance tonight.  Breezes will switch up a bit by then and come in from the South, then the SW and again from the S-SW all at 9-12mph. Thunderstorms could check in (50% chance) before nightfall.  Temps will be around where they are the low 60s.  Tomorrow...looks like the possibility of waking to rain as the clouds begin to clear out leaving Ms Sun alone for a few days.

High tide:3:08p.m.
Low tide:8:43a.m.
Ocean temp:59°

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lovely Monday

Mornin'!  It's 62° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under some cloud cover but Ms Sun's beginning to break on through and shine down.  Breezes are out of the N-NE at 10-15mph.  We had another dose of rain with thunder and lightning last night and everything's washed down nicely.  The birds along with the seagulls are all vocal and I'm assuming displaying their pleasure with this lovely morning.  It's one of the things I enjoy most about Springtime...island birds singing and chirping and laughing everywhere on mornings like this.  It'll be a pleasant day as breezes wift (waft) through the open windows of my home with sun pouring down and temps in the mid-upper 60s with breezes out of the E-NE at 9-11mph.  Tonight...partly cloudy with temps in the mid-upper 50s and breezes out of the E-SE at 4-6mph.  Tomorrow...rain.
High tide:2:09p.m.
Low tide:7:29a.m. and 7:53p.m.
Ocean temp:59°