Saturday, June 22, 2024

Hot and Windy Saturday

Mornin!  Happy Weekend!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up!  Humidity's 91% with a dewpoint of 71°.  Breezes are out of the SW at 6-8mph.  We're in for another keeper.  Expect a sunny day with temps in the mid-upper 80s.  That beach sand's gonna be hot today (no trekking that sand in bare feet).  Winds are light now but will ramp up today out of the S-SW at 15-25mph. (don't forget the bungee).  Tonight... partly moonlit with some clouds filtering in, temps in the mid-70s and S-SW winds at 15-25mph.  Tomorrow... a mix of sun and clouds in the morning followed by mostly cloudy skies and gusty winds in the afternoon.  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible (25% chance), temps will be near 90° with S-SW winds at 20-30mph +gusting.  Tomorrow night... windy with scattered rain and storms, cloudy overnight with temps in the low-mid 70s and SW winds at 20-30mph.  Chance of rain tomorrow night... 60%.  Remember that the Full Moon was yesterday and we'll still have those higher than normal tides.
High Tides: 8:24AM and 8:45PM
Low Tide: 2:16PM
Ocean Temp: 73°
Sunrise: 5:34AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Moonrise: 9:41PM
UV Index: 10.1 (very high)
Rip Current: Moderate risk: life-threatening currents are possible in the surf... swim only near a lifeguard.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Full Moon Friday

Mornin'!  Happy Friday!  Happy Summer!  It's 69° in Wildwood NJ.  Breezes are out of the SW at 4-6mph. Humidity's 91% with a dewpoint of 68°.  Ms Sun's up over the horizon without that layer of mist that we had yesterday morning.  In fact, that low layer of light fog hung over the water's edge along the beach most of the morning and early afternoon.  It helped keep the beach much cooler than the rest of the island.  With Ms Sun now up, todays' warm-up has begun!  And, who knows, we could see some of that patchy fog this morning again. One thing's for certain... it'll be sunny and warm today with temps in the low-mid 80s and S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Winds could become stronger this afternoon.  I'd have my bungee cord to anchor my umbrella if going to the beach.  Always travel with that bungee.  Tonight... clear, moonlit (Full "Strawberry" Moon tonight) skies, temps in the low-70s and S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... another sunny day, temps in the mid-upper 80s and S-SW winds at 15-20mph.  Tomorrow night... patchy fog, temps in the low-mid 70s and South winds at 10-15mph.  Sunday... kicking off the day with possible patchy fog, mostly sunny Sunday, temps near 90° and South winds at 10-15mph.  Sunday night... 70% chance of rain, thunderstorms a possibility, temps in the low-mid 70s and S-SW winds at 15-25mph.  
High Tides: 7:38AM and 8:00PM
Low Tide: 1:31PM
Ocean Temp: 72°
Sunrise: 5:34AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Moonrise: 8:45PM
UV Index: 10.3 (Very High)
Rip Current: Low Risk
And, here are those old Friday Beach Tips. For what it's worth and already by the looks of things at the beach, not many have a clue how to prepare or behave while enjoying a beach day.  I actually feel like it's a waste of time to even post these tips.  My hubby said, "Why bother?"  So far this beach season, I've witnessed music being turned on loudly right next to me (8' away) ending my pleasant surf sounds, a woman smoking her Marlboro directly in front of me with those southerly breezes wafting her smoke directly over me, kids running repeatedly all around me and my blanket and even right up to me (face to face) thinking I was his mom at one point, a woman sitting way to close to me on her sandchair talking loudly into her phone being held away at her knee while on speaker, a man and his son playing a game of catch football so close to me that the ball kept coming inches from my feet, a woman finishing her bag of potato chips and thoughtlessly dumping the little leftover crumbs onto the beach next to her (and me) immediately bringing over a dozen seagulls fighting for those crumbs.  After she created that havoc, she looked at me, shrugged and smiled broadly. So, I'm done.  No more reports of the asses on the beach. But, speaking of "asses" my sister has been urging me to keep a photo journal of the new style of bathing suits that are now in fashion... thong suits.  If you have a perfect ass, I say what do you got to lose... go for it.  But most have inappropriate (hubby calls them "cheesy") giant asses not suitable for public review and thong bathing suits.  I guess they didn't think to use a hand mirror to check out their rear ends in the fitting room.  Maybe a new blog idea.  I'll say no more. 
I'm going for it and will post these beach tips anyway...  

*Beach Stuff - what to pack... bottled water, a spray bottle of water for you never know what, a hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent (for the "West winds" that bring biting green head flies), first aid kit (I include a tiny bottle of vinegar for jelly fish stings), shade (umbrella, canopy of some type), a bungee cord to secure your umbrella for those windy days, something to read, sanitizing wipes, a small trash bag to collect any trash you accumulate.
*When setting up your spot (campsite) at the beach, give those around you a little courtesy and be kind as to not to set up too close to them.  It's always amazing to watch arriving folk completely unaware of their actions as they begin setting up their umbrella, blanket and chair only inches away from those folks already settled in and believe it or not, there's no one else yet at the beach except you. It often feels like new arrivals seek out others to sit close to.  It happens more often than not and I have yet to figure out this strange phenomenon. Most beaches are huge (with the exception of North Wildwood).  First Avenue beach has become more popular this year as that beach grows while the JFK Blvd beach shrinks.
*Know your "tide" times.  You can always ask the lifeguard as they will know.  If the tide is at its highest when you arrive, you can set up right at the water line and watch the beach grow bigger and bigger as the tide slips into its 6 hour low tide. It takes 6 hours for the tide to go from High to Low and then turn around and begin to go from Low to High (12 hour total).
*Tips for setting up your umbrella: be aware of the wind direction and wind speed.  On a windy day, take those extra steps to secure your umbrella.  Sand screws or sand grabbers are great for securing umbrellas and it's best to dig a hole first before twisting that screw in and packing the sand in.  Also, a bungee cord attaching the umbrella to your cooler or beach cart works wonders. It's not uncommon to see umbrellas launched by the winds and more often than not into unknowing folks who are about to be impaled by an airborne, out of control umbrella. And, while the entire family is in the ocean not realizing that their umbrella is 2 blocks away. I've seen it happen many times.  Oh... when opening your umbrella... always face the wind as this phenomenon never disappoints as most of the time, folks turn their back on the wind and open the umbrella. Thus... you now have an inside out, uncontrolled umbrella on your hands.
*Beach Etiquette.  When you walk directly next to someone who's laying on their blanket or sitting on their beach chair, your kicked up sand will almost certainly be tossed all over them; especially if it's breezy.  Be conscientious of what you're doing and where you're walking. Teach your children courtesy at the beach. Explain that it's not okay to run or chase one another around someone else's blanket or chair.  Wildwood sand is very light and powdery.  On a breezy day, one can be covered in a light coating of sand thanks to careless folk around you. 
*If shaking out towels or blankets, be conscious of the wind direction and always shake away from those in the line of your "sand" fire. I've seen toddlers who take off running usually onto anyone's blanket in their path.  Here's a bit of advice for parents of toddlers on the beach (1-2 year olds)... bring a "pack-n-play" for them as I can assure you that your beach day will be much more enjoyable with those babes surrounded with toys and snacks in their little mesh, private encampment.  I recently saw a young couple of a baby not old enough to walk, dig a round trench about 6" deep and place a piece of plastic (much like a shower curtain) over the 2-3' wide hole and fill it with the ocean water so the babe could be entertained and cooled off in their own little pool.  It was an ingenious way to keep the baby happy for a long period of time.
*Phone use... take it somewhere else. Talking loudly or working on your phone for all of us to enjoy really sucks.  Phone calls should be taken as far away from all the hordes of people as possible.  Go to the Dunes.  Trust me, no one wants to hear your conversation; especially on "speaker".
*There is "no smoking" of any type on the beach.  Wildwood Crest has a designated smoking area by the dunes.  There's "no smoking" on the boardwalk.  New Jersey has legalized Marijuana and you can smoke it privately on your property but you can't do it in public.  There are no Pot dispensaries in Wildwood. 
*For the pooches, there are two dog parks right on the beach.  At 24th and the Beach in North Wildwood and one in Wildwood between Glenwood and Maple on the Beach.  Dogs must always be on a leash when not in the dog parks. And, you can walk your dog on the beach when lifeguards are NOT at their posts and only then. 
*If you enjoy music on the beach... remember to pack your headphones.  Believe it or not, the majority of beach folk would much rather listen to the sounds of the surf; not your choice of music blasting next to them from your Bluetooth speakers.  Sorry... but it's something that happens a lot and it sucks.
*Feeding seagulls is a no-no.  Eat and snack smartly.  Using flailing hands when expressing oneself while holding lunch is a magnet for swooping gulls.  Drop just one potato chip and you'll have seagull havoc.  Eat conscientiously under your umbrella or chair canopy.  Seagulls are vultures and are smart and endlessly eyeing beach goers eating habits.  They're relentless in trying to find the opportune moment to swoop down and pluck lunch right out of your hand or mouth (seen it happen many times).  By the way, seagulls know "chip bags" and if you have an unsupervised beach bag with chip bags exposed, they'll think nothing of helping themselves to that bag and will share their newly acquired bag of Lays Chips with all their gulls family and friends while you're in the ocean without a care in the world.
*Playing ball, Frisbee, horseshoes, corn hole, kite-flying, ladder toss, spike ball, paddle ball, volley ball, Kan-jam, beach darts etc. are not allowed to be set up and played where beach-goers are camped.  Play back by the dunes where no one is sitting.
*Observe all posted signs and warnings... Beach closures due to weather, rip currents or storms, surfing only beaches, no alcohol or pot, no dogs or pets.  If in doubt, just ask the lifeguards.
*Never leave trash on the beach.  Better yet, pick up any that you may see whether it's yours or not.  There are many, many trash and recycle containers on the beach and surrounding areas.  You might as well use them rather than let all that trash drift off and fly into the ocean for the fish to eat or get tangled in. Remember... whatever the fish eat, we eat too.  Plastic is an epidemic.  Speaking of plastic... New Jersey no longer has plastic bags at stores and shops.  It's now all about bringing your reusable bags to save the planet from those fly-away plastic ones.
*Lastly, be courteous.  Courtesy is key.  Be kind and considerate of all those enjoying this beautiful moment along with you. Keep the profanity at home.  It's a lot of fun being at the beach.  Let's enjoy together. Happy Beaching!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Summer's Here!

Mornin'! Happy Summer!  Summer is now in the Northern Hemisphere for the next 3 months today being the longest day of the year.  Not to mention the Full (Strawberry) Moon is tomorrow.  And, our Tides are already reacting to it.   It's 69° in Wildwood NJ. Humidity's 90% with a 66° dewpoint.  Ms Sun's up and working her way through the clouds along the ocean.  Breezes are light out of the S-SW at 3-5mph.  We're a bit on the sticky side this morning as the very high tide is upon us at the moment.  It's another day of abundant sunshine with temps around 80° and Southerly winds at 10-15mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy, temps where they are now (upper 60s) and S-SW winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... sunny, temps in the low-80s and S-SW winds at 5-15mph.  Tomorrow night... clear and moonlit, temps in the low-70s with S-SW winds.  Saturday... sunny, temps in the low-mid 80s and S-SW winds at 5-15mph.  Saturday night... clear and moonlit, temps in the mid-upper 70s and S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Sunday... partly sunny, mid-upper 80s and windy with S-SW winds at 10-20mph +gusting.  Sunday night... 50% chance of rain.  Today's photo is a live shot from this morning's webcam as North Wildwood's team of workers remain vigilant 24/7 bringing the beach back to its previous form as their beach replenishment continues for another couple weeks.  The end goal is to have a sizable beach again in North Wildwood by the 4th of July.  As I type this I'm playing the album "War of the Worlds" on my Ipod which somehow matches the eerie webcam video this morning.
Happy Summer!  
High Tides: 6:54AM and 7:17PM
Low Tide: 12:47PM
Ocean Temp: 70°
Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Moonrise: 7:41PM
UV Index: 10 (very high)
Rip Current: Low Risk

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Last Day Of Spring - Juneteenth

This Morning's Webcam Sunrise - North WW

Mornin'!  Happy Juneteenth! As the last day of Spring unfolds, Ms Sun just crossed the horizon and it's 68° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's up at 92% with a dewpoint of 66° and Southerly breezes barely there at 2-4mph.  The island birds are all singing their wake-up calls and it's a perfectly beautiful morning down the Shore.  It'll be a sunny start with afternoon clouds drifting in and out as the temps reach the low-80s and S-SE winds cool the island at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clear, temps in the mid-upper 60s and South winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... the first day of summer and beginning of the Barefoot Country Music Fest on the Beach.  It'll be sunny, temps in the low-80s and S-SW winds at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow night... clear and moonlit with temps in the mid-70s and S-SW winds at 5-10mph.  Friday... it's  the Full Moon as it'll be a sunny day and a moonlit night, temps in the low-80s with SW winds at 5-10mph.  Friday night... clear, with a glowing full moon and warm with temps in the mid-70s and S-SW winds at 5-10mph.  Saturday... sunny, low-mid 80s and SW winds at 10-15mph.  Saturday night... clear and moonlit, temps in the upper 70s and S-SW winds.  Sunday... partly cloudy with a chance of rain, temps in the mid-80s and by evening, 40% chance of rain with temps in the upper 70s and S-SW winds at 15-20mph.  Until next year Spring... see ya on the other side!
High Tide: 6:35PM
Low Tide: 12:03PM
Ocean Temp: 70°
Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:29PM
Moonrise: 6:34PM
UV Index: 9.4 (very high)
Rip Current: Low Risk

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Summer Almost Has Her Door Wide Open!

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 84% with a dewpoint of 67°.  Winds are out of the South at 5-10mph.  And, Ms Sun's up and shining through cloud cover mostly right along the beach.  Otherwise, the sky above is blue and clear.  At the moment though, it has those cloudy moments every now and then.  Expect these morning clouds to check out as we'll have a sunny day with temps around 80° and South winds at 10-20mph.  Tonight... clear to partly cloudy, temps in the upper 60s and those South winds continuing to waft over the island (10-15mph).  Tomorrow... a mix of sun and clouds, temps around 80° and S-SE winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow night... mostly clear, temps in the upper 60s / low 70s with Southerly breezes.  Thursday... partly to mostly sunny, temps around 80° and more of those Southerly breezes at 5-10mph. 
High Tide: 5:53PM
Low Tide: 11:19AM
Ocean Temp: 69°
Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:29PM
UV Index: 10.3 (Very high)
Rip Currents: Low risk

Monday, June 17, 2024

Blustery Monday

Mornin'!  It's 71° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 84% with 67° dewpoint.  We've got plentiful sunshine without a cloud in the sky.  Winds are currently out of the South at 5-10mph.  It'll be a mostly sunny (some moments of partly cloudy) day.  Temps will be around 80° with Southerly winds at 15-20mph +gusting up to 25mph.  Tonight... mostly clear, temps in the upper 60s and South winds at 15-20mph.  Tomorrow... sunny, temps in the low-80s with South winds calmed down at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow night... clear, temps in the upper 60s and South winds at 5-10mph.  Wednesday... sunny, temps in the low-mid 80s with South winds at 5-10mph.   Wednesday night... clear, and mild... temps in the upper 60s and calm winds.  Pack a bungee cord for your umbrella today if heading to the beach.
High Tide: 5:12PM
Low Tide: 10:35AM
Ocean Temp: 69°
Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:28PM
UV Index: 10.2 (very high)
Rip Current: Moderate risk: life threatening rip currents are possible in the surf zone.  Swim only near a lifeguard.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day

Mornin'!  Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there!  It's 65° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's up at 91% with a dewpoint of 62°.  Breezes are barely there at 2-3mph out of the N-NE.  It's sunny and bright without a cloud in sky.  However, there's a layer of mist/fog along the beach and ocean as the sunshine begins to burn off the haze right along the coast.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the upper 70s / low 80s with North winds becoming E-SE winds at 5-10mph  Tonight... pretty much the same as last night... partly to mostly clear, temps in the mid-60s and Southerly breezes at 5-10mph.  We're about to have our first heat wave of the summer beginning this first week of summer.  Summer starts June 20th.  Tomorrow... sunny, temps in the mid-upper 80s with Southerly winds at 5-15mph.  Tomorrow night... clear, temps in the upper 60s / low 70s with Southerly breezes at 5-10mph. Tuesday... sunny and warm, temps around 87° with SE breezes.  Wednesday... sunny with temps in the low-90s.  Thursday... sunny, temps in the low-90s.  Friday... sunny with temps in the 90s.  Saturday... sunny and temps in the mid-90s.  Strap in and don't forget how hot that sand can get.  
High Tide: 4:28PM
Low Tide: 9:52AM
Ocean Temp: 68°
Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:28PM
UV Index: 9.7 (very high)
Rip Current: Low risk