Sunday, August 25, 2019

Not So Sunny Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 65° in Wildwood NJ.  We're currently under dark clouds with rainfall coming down as I type.  It's breezy... NE winds at 14-22mph.  Our forecast is saying mostly cloudy today with showers this morning and partly cloudy by this afternoon.  Temps will get into the low-70s.  There is a 50% chance of rain showers throughout the day.  It's the breezes today that will get us.  Unlike yesterday's stiff winds, today's will be even stiffer... NE sustained winds at 20-30mph +gusting.  Tonight... partly cloudy skies, windy with NE winds at 20-30mph and a 20% chance of rain showers.  Tomorrow... mostly cloudy with winds staying checked in as it'll be blustery again.
High tide: 3:55PM
Low tide: 9:29AM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunset: 7:43PM
UV Index: 6-7
Rip Currents: High Risk (This means the ocean will be extremely rough and dangerous and even potentially life-threatening.)  You may see the lifeguards posting "beaches closed" flags today due to the very rough surf.  Heed this warning!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sunny Saturday

Mornin'!  It's 63° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up!  We had those thunder boomers again overnight bringing along a nice watering and much cooler temps.   The humidity's checked out... 79% with a dewpoint of 59°.  It's slightly breezy... winds out of the N-NE at 13-16mph.  If this doesn't feel Autumn-like, I don't know what does!  We're going to have a sunny, less humid Saturday with temps in the mid-70s with breezes out of the NE at 15-25mph (be very "beach umbrella" savvy).  The time has come to air out the house and throw open the sash!  Tonight... clear, temps in the low-70s and breezes out of the NE at 10-12mph.  Tomorrow... about the same with a few clouds from time to time and even breezier (20-30mph).  There's a 20% chance of a rain shower tomorrow night.  It's the "Tri The Wildwoods 2019" today and it's happening as I type.  The Athletes are swimming, biking and running around the island (in North Wildwood) this morning. (webcam... )
 Kids are involved too with their own Triathlon at 9am.
High tide: 2:53PM
Low tide: 8:17AM and 9:37PM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunset: 7:44PM
UV Index: 8-9 (High)
Rip Currents: Moderate

Friday, August 23, 2019

Happy Friday

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloud cover with hardly any breezes to note (N-NW at 2-4mph).  It's humid... 88% with 72° dewpoint.  We had some minor thunderboomers overnight and had a nice watering.  Today looks to be as close to a washout as you can get.  It's a shame our lovely 12 movie theatre complex closed down this summer.  It would be a great day for a movie.  Expect a mostly cloudy with showery rains kind of day.  We may even hear a possible rumble of thunder this afternoon.  Temps will tap 80° with N-NE winds at 7-13mph.  Chance of rain is 70%.  Tonight... rain showers this evening as we'll still have plenty of cloud cover.  Chance of rain tonight is 50%.  Temps will drop down drastically to the mid-60s.  North winds are in the mix as well at 8-12mph.  Tomorrow looks like some clouds will be in the mix along with Ms Sun as it'll be cooler (low-mid 70s) with breezes out of the N-NE at 10-15mph. Sunday... partly sunny / partly cloudy with temps in the 70s and even breezier with 15-22mph NE winds.
High tide: 1:59PM
Low tide: 7:12AM and 8:26PM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunset: 7:46PM
UV Index: 5 (moderate)
Rip Currents: Low risk
And, it's Friday!
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!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Mix Of Clouds And Sun

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under clear starlit, moonlit skies.  Not much in breezes happening (West breezes at 3-5mph).  It's humid (90% humidity with 72° dewpoint).  Expect a mostly sunny, warm (not so humid) kind of day.  There's a slight chance (15%) of a stray shower or thunderstorm popping up this afternoon as temps climb up in the mid-upper 80s.  Winds will be out of the W-SW at 8-10mph.  Tonight... a few clouds and again, a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible (20% chance).  Temps will drop into the low-mid 70s with SW winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow and Friday look more unsettled with a 50% chance of a pop-up shower throughout the morning and afternoon.  The weekend's looking mostly sunny, cooler (temps in the 70s), and blustery.  Remember the bungee for those umbrellas this weekend.
High tide: 1:12PM
Low tide: 6:25AM and 7:14PM
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunrise: 6:20AM
Sunset: 7:47PM
UV Index: 8 (high) remember the sunblock
Rip Currents: Low-Moderate Risk

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Partly Cloudy and Muggy

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloudy skies with light breezes out of the S-SW at 4-6mph.  It rained overnight and everything's watered nicely.  We're damp and humid out there... humidity's 97% with a dewpoint of 72°.  It'll be a hot and humid humpday with partly sunny / partly cloudy skies as we near 90°. SW breezes will increase to winds at 15-25mph by this afternoon. There's a 30% chance of precipitation this afternoon as well... showers and/or thunderstorms possible.  Keep your eyes on the sky.  Tonight... mostly cloudy, temps in the mid-upper 70s, South winds at 13-17mph with 50% chance of precipitation.  Tomorrow... sunnier with that ol' possibility of precipitation again.  As for the weekend... looking mostly sunny and not as muggy and warm as the rest of this week.
High tide: 12:30PM
Low tide: 6:20PM
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunset: 7:48PM
UV Index: 7-8
Rip Current: Moderate
The 17th Annual Air Show is today in Atlantic City (46miles north of Wildwood) and as far as I can tell... today's weather is cooperating.

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