Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First Day of Spring (But Not If March or Winter Has Anything To Do About It)

Winter Storm Jonas - January 2016
Mornin'!  Happy Spring!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  We're currently under cloud cover with an Easterly breeze at 15-20mph.  It feels cold, damp and raw out there this early morn.  You can literally feel heavy dampness in the cold air.  We've got 2 storms converging with our coast in its sights.  We also have some Hazardous Weather Conditions posted..."hazardous weather outlook", "wind advisory", "coastal flood warning", "winter storm warning" but remember it's Spring!  So, it appears that we're about to get some nasty, stormy weather beginning later today and starting out as rain with heavy winds.  Temps will be in the low-mid 30s.  The winds will be picking up big time (a little later this morning (E-NE at 30mph sustained w/gusting) as the rain begins falling.  By early evening, the winds will continue to be intense with the rain changing to a wintry mix. By tomorrow...the snowstorm, part of this bad boy will begin.  I'm seeing that we'll see snowfall tomorrow morning into very late Wednesday / early Thursday morning.  We could get anywhere from 4-10" of the white stuff before all is said and done.  One forecast did report that it could be a mostly rain event with some snowfall (2-4") tomorrow.  Moderate coastal flooding concerns will be posted throughout.  One thing's for certain...we're in for some major cold, wind-driven wet stuff whether it be rain or snow or a mix or whatever.  Wide-spread power outages are also in the forecasts I'm researching so have a backup plan (candles, generator, batteries, shovels, ice/coolers etc. at the ready).  As I'm blogging, I'm thinking maybe moving the vehicle to higher ground is wise.  I'll always remember winter storm Jonas which provided us a massive winter snowstorm with heavy snowfall then major flooding which in my opinion was as scary and right up there with hurricane Sandy.  Be safe out there!  92 days until Summer!
High tide:10:43a.m.
Low tide:4:38p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Monday, March 19, 2018

Farewell Winter!!!

Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and shining brightly.  There's hardly a cloud in the sky.  There's barely a breeze (N-NW 3-5mph).  And, there's frost on all the surfaces again...shed roofs, vehicles, lawns, etc.  It's an exact repeat of yesterday morning.  In fact, today will be just like yesterday..."mild" for this last day of winter...plentiful sunshine, temps in the mid-upper 40s and breezes out of the E-SE at 6-10mph.  The clouds begin to drift in this evening as breezes ramp up just a little out of the SW at 12-15mph and temps drop back down into the mid-upper 30s.  March has some tricks up its sleeve as it releases Winter beginning tomorrow with another Nor'easter (4th so far this month).  Prepare for a mix of rain and snow and those winds...yes, those March winds (NE) sustained 30+mph will be giving the ol' hairdos a run for their money for quite a few days this week.  This storm that has us in its sites will be checked in both Tuesday (beginning tonight on the overnight) throughout Wednesday.  It'll be blustery, cold and wintry with 1-2" of the white stuff possibly on Wednesday.  Thursday, Ms Sun will be returning.  Just saying.  Don't let the door hit you in the ass Winter.
High tide:10:02a.m.
Low tide:4:01p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunny Sunday

Hereford Lighthouse - North Wildwood
Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun just rose over the horizon as the sky is clear and cloudless.  Surfaces have a nice coating of frost this morning as it is a crisp, cold start to the day.  I can't believe there's no breeze to note but it's still as still can be out there.  I'm happy to report it'll be a decent winter's day today.  Two more days until Spring by the way.  Today will be sunny with temps in the low-mid 40s and breezes out of the NW at 8-10mph.  Tonight...clear, with temps in the mid-upper 30s and breezes out of the SW at 10-13mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same.  Tuesday (1st day of Spring)...not so much as the wind driven rains and cold temps are on tap.  Enjoy these last days of Winter!
High tide:9:23a.m.
Low tide:3:25p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day - New Moon

Top of thee mornin' to ye! Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  March is giving us a break on the breeze this morning as it's officially 3-4mph out of the West.  It's pretty much still with starlit skies and briny aromas from the marsh and ocean.  It doesn't even feel that cold out there...just crisp and clean (that is if you consider "briny" clean).  It's great out there.  The aroma in my house is pretty nice too as I'm baking an Irish soda bread (recipe below). I bake a loaf every year on St. Patty's day.  It makes a very nice accompaniment to the corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes that are on the menu for dinner.  For some reason, it's the only day of the year this meal in on my dinner menu.  Anyway...it'll be fairly nice weather for the St. Patty's Day Parade in North Wildwood kicking off at 11:30a.m. on Atlantic Avenue at City Hall and making its way North to Olde New Jersey Ave. as it'll be partly sunny with clouds filtering in later in the day as temps get into the low 40s.  Breezes will be somewhat gentle...Westerly at 13-15mph.  Tonight...clouds will drift on out as it'll be clear with temps in the low-mid 30s and N-NW breezes at 11-14mph.  Tomorrow and Monday...more of the same.  But, not so much on Tuesday as yep...you guessed it...our 4th Nor'easter this ol' month of March is planning on checking in.  Expect the usual...moisture (rain showers / snow showers), winds and raw, cold temps and again hopefully no snow accumulation as we've been missing the bullet on snowfall these past March storms thankfully.
High tide:8:46a.m.  Low tide:2:47p.m.  Ocean temp:41°  Sunrise:7:05a.m.  Sunset:7:10p.m.
New Moon today (the tides will be much more swollen than normal...never drive thru tide waters)

Irish Soda Bread
3½ C sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C sugar
1½ C buttermilk
2 eggs
2 T melted butter
1½ C raisins
2 T caraway seeds 
Mix Dry ingredients
Mix Wet ingredients
Mix Together (all by hand)
Mix in seeds and raisins last
Prepare (butter/oil) a loaf pan
Bake 350° for an hour (or until cake tester comes out clean) 
(If it wasn't for Mo, I wouldn't have this delicious recipe...Thanks!)

Friday, March 16, 2018


North Wildwood (North End) beaches
Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  It's calm and quiet with breezes out of the N-NE at 5-10mph.  Seems weird to have the breezes so light.  Don't get used to it... it's March! It's partly cloudy with big white cumulous clouds in the black, starlit sky.  It'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today with temps in the low 40s and winds eventually coming in from the W-NW at 18-23mph +gusting.  By sunset, the sky should be clear and sunny with temps dropping into the mid-upper 30s tonight with breezes out of the NW at 15-20mph.  My guess is a nice sunset this evening.  For the weekend...tomorrow's looking good on the onset but breezy with increasing cloud cover and a 30% chance of rain showers by the afternoon.  Otherwise...it's all good as Sunday's looking sunny and bright with winds finally simmering down somewhat.  Just a reminder...the New Moon is tomorrow...much higher and lower tides.
High tide:8:09 a.m.
Low tide:2:09 p.m.
Ocean temp:41°
Sunrise:7:06 a.m.
Sunset: 7:09 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ides of March

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  Windchill is 24° with winds out of the West at 16-22mph.  The sky is clear with Ms Sun now over the horizon.  Not much in the line the clouds.  That will change later this morning though as clouds filter in making it a partly cloudy afternoon.  Temps will get into the low-mid 40s with breezes out of the West-SW at 16-22mph.  Tonight...partly cloudy with temps in the low 30s, breezy with winds out of the W-NW at 20-30mph.  Not one forecast has mentioned any moisture of any kind...rain showers/snow flurries/fog etc.  Every forecast has agreed on it being blustery today.  Tomorrow...pretty much the same as today with winds even stronger.  Why would March be any different at this point?  Oh, and don't forget about the tides...much higher (and lower) due to that New Moon coming.  Today in 44BC, Julius Ceasar was assassinated...thus The Ides of March.  It was a turning point in Roman history and I always think of it as March being ½ way completed.
High tide:7:30a.m. and 7:59p.m.
Low tide:1:28p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hump Day Chills

Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  Windchill is 24°.  There's a serious nip in the morning air.  The sky is clear as Ms Sun is already beginning to shine, and it's blustery...winds out of the West at 15-22mph.  We'll have a humpday mix as we begin the day with sunshine, clouds increasing throughout the day, temps tapping 40° and those March winds keeping the hairdos a mess (W-NW 23-26mph +gusts).  No rain in the forecast until tomorrow afternoon but those wind chills will be keeping us layered.  Tonight...clear, blustery with winds out of the West at 25-35mph +gusting and temps in the low 30s.  The weekend's still looking sunny and a little bit warmer as winter temperatures go (6 days until Spring).  The next New Moon is this Saturday.  Remember New Moons and Full Moons bring much higher tides if noticing how much higher the surrounding waters begin to infiltrate the island.  Don't drive through tide (salt) water.
High tide: 7:13p.m.
Low tide: 12:46p.m.
Ocean temp: 41°