Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter Storm Petra Has Its Sights On Us

Mornin'!  It's 34° in Wildwood NJ.  It's 59° in my living room (the furnace guy is due in tomorrow for the repair).  I just fired up the ol' gas fireplace which is warming us nicely.  It's cloudy with a funky looking sky and very light breezes out of the E-NE at 2-4mph.  With all that insulation in the atmosphere above, the roar of the ocean is loud and clear not to mention there's plenty of dampness in the air.  Winter storm Petra is headed right for us and you can feel it.  Expect a wet one today with winter precipitation in the form of snow and/or a wintry mix or just rain.  It should start sometime this morning and end tomorrow morning.  Nothing's coming down yet, but the TV weather guy is saying it's snowing in Baltimore and Washington DC as I type.  We could see 1-3" today as the white stuff will probably wash away with the rains coming later this afternoon into this evening.  Today's temps... upper 30s with Eastery winds at 15-25mph.  Tonight... rain with temps still in the upper 30s and E-SE winds shifting from the W-SW all at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns in the afternoon with a high of 51°!  We have another Plunge this weekend... North Wildwood's Fallen Hero Polar Plunge is Saturday at 11a.m. at 16th and the Beach.  And, it looks like it'll be raining lightly with temps in the low 40s... just an fyi.  As for today... the Full Moon was yesterday and so keep an ear out for flood sirens with this Storm heading our way.  We'll inevitably have higher than usual tides and with this rainfall coming from Petra and you might want to keep a careful ear and eye on any flood sirens or flood waters that could potentially fill the streets today.  Play it smart and put the vehicle on higher ground. 
High tides: 8:15a.m. and 8:49p.m.
Low tide:2:29p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Full Moon

Mornin'!  It's 28° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny (Ms Sun rose over the horizon about a half hour ago).  Breezes are very light out of the N-NW at 3-6mph.  It's cold outside and not a great time to have your house furnace crap out.  We're told, "You need a part" which has been ordered.  But, it was chilly 59° in the house when I climbed out of bed this morning.  I guess it could have been much worse with it being in the 20s outside.  Thank goodness for our little gas fireplace that warms things nicely when called on.  It'll be a sunny, brisk day today with temps in the upper 30s and breezes out of the NW at 13-17mph (windchill of 30°).  Tonight... cloudy, low-30s, Northerly breezes at 2-5mph.  Tomorrow... Snow mixed with rain as we could see some accumulation depending on the temperature (1-3" is possible).  One way or another it'll be wet tomorrow beginning in the morning right into Thursday morning.  It is the Full Moon today and the tides are affected... much higher than normal tides and that goes for tomorrow too as tidal flooding is always in the mix on rainy-full moon days.
High tides: 7:25a.m. and 7:58p.m.
Low tides: 1:41p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Monday, February 18, 2019

Presidents Day

Mornin'!  Happy Presidents Day!  It's raining with winds out of the W-NW at 8-10mph.  It's a perfect day off if you're so lucky to have today as a holiday.   Pulling the blanket up and rolling over for some extra sleep is nice on a morning like this.  It was always a holiday for me before retirement as I now have a holiday every day of the week... a true blessing.  I'll never stop appreciating it that's for sure.  So here's today's weather... I'm happy to report that it won't be a washout.  Once these morning rains pass on through, it'll be a partly cloudy / partly sunny day with temps in the upper 40s.  We'll probably see Ms Sun peek through by mid-day.  It will become blustery with W-NW winds ramping up at 20-30mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy with temps much colder (mid-30s) and winds out of the NW at 15-20mph making a windchill of 24°.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny with temps in the mid-30s.  Speaking of tomorrow... Full Moon so the tides will be affected and be much higher and lower than normal.   And, the marshes and wetlands have a high tide one hour later than the ocean's high tide.
High tide:6:33a.m. and 7:07p.m.
Low tide:12:50p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Sunday, February 17, 2019

50/50 Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 31° in Wildwood NJ.  It's bright and sunny with light breezes out of the North at 2-5mph.  It's crisp and wintry but somehow feels really nice.  I think that Ms Sun is definitely the reason and she intends to stick around and shine until at least mid-day.  It'll be a sunny morning and a mostly cloudy afternoon.  Temps will be in the upper 30s with breezes out of the E-NE at 8-10mph.  By tonight... clouds begin to release the rain as it'll be a 98% chance of a wet evening with rain showers.  Temps remain in the upper 30s with E-SE breezes at 6-8mph.  We start the week with a rainy Monday morning.  And, thankfully no snowy or icy mix as the temps will be in the low 40s tomorrow.
High tide:6:15p.m.
Low tide:11:58a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Saturday, February 16, 2019

President's Weekend

Mornin'!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  It's gray and cloudy with light breezes out of the N-NW at 5-7mph.  It'll be a mostly cloudy (peeks of sun) first half of the day with temps staying just about where they are now... low 40s and breezes ramping up a bit coming from the same direction they are now... N-NW at 8-10mph.  This afternoon into this evening as the temps drop the skies will clear out of any leftover clouds and become starlit and moonlit.  Temps will drop somewhat in the mid-30s with Northerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... basically more clouds than sun with temps in the mid-upper 30s. When driving back onto the island last evening, the traffic around me gave me pause as I wondered what the heck is going on.  Then I realized that this weekend is considered a holiday weekend (President's Weekend / Valentine's Weekend).  A little bit of a visitor invasion the first time this year as the out-of-towners (mostly Philadelphia and New York license plates) are stopping by for the long holiday weekend.  It's historically the time of year for anyone considering a vacation here this summer to connect with our local realtors and rental agents and reserve their favorite summer vacation rentals.  It's once again time to share the island...  Enjoy!  Oh... and those Sea Isle City plungers... have fun and play it safe as you run into that 38° ocean today!
High tide:5:17p.m.
Low tide:11:03a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Friday, February 15, 2019

Gray Day - TGIF

Mornin'!  It's 43° in Wildwood NJ.  It's gray with heavy cloud cover.  It's breezy with winds out of the S-SW at 15-20mph making it feel like 36°.  It'll be mostly gray and overcast today with small chances of Ms Sun occasionally peeking through.  That chance diminishes by later this afternoon though.   Winds will be out of the S-SW at 18-20mph as temps tap 50° (it'll feel more like 45°).  Tonight... cloudy with temps in the mid-40s and W-SW winds at 7-11mph.  Tomorrow... the Sea Isle Plunge (21 miles and 3 coastal towns north of us) and it looks like it'll be around 39° (windchill of 33°) still with the possibility of snow showers/flurries at plunge time.  As for Sunday... the start of the day will have a mix of clouds and sun with showers heading our way by early evening.  Oh... I nearly forgot to mention that Sam's Pizza opens today!
High tide:4:11p.m.
Low tide:10:06a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Hubby and Me (The best partner anyone could ask for)
A "throwback thursday" from one of our 1st trips to Key West
Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and bright with light breezes out of the NW at 4-7mph.  It'll be the nicest day this week with plenty of sunshine today.  Temps will be in the mid-40s and breezes will be out of the W-NW at the start of the day and shift from the South by mid-day all at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clouds roll in as temps go where they are now... 39° with Southerly winds at 10-20mph.  Happy Valentine's Day!  Share a little love today!  Oh as for this coming weekend... still looks like a wet Saturday (snowy-mix) and a sunny Sunday.
High tide:3:01p.m.
Low tide:9:03a.m.
Ocean temp:38°