Saturday, July 31, 2021

Mostly Beautiful Saturday

Mornin'!  It's 67° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 65% with a dew point of 53°.  What a difference a day makes!  It's cool and refreshing and without questions feels like an autumn morning.  No Sun... just an overcast, cloudy sky with N-NE breezes at 7-9mph.  It's going to be a nice day today.  Expect a mix of clouds and sun with a high of 78° and Easterly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tonight... mainly cloudy, a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible with temps in the mid-upper 60s.  Winds will be light and variable.  Tomorrow... cloud cover in the morning evolving into a rain with afternoon rain showers (70% chance).  Temps will be in the mid-70s with SE winds at 10-20mph.  Monday... back to lovely sunny weather with temps around 80°.  It appears that next week could prove to be not that great in the weather department.  At this time, Tuesday and Wednesday appear cloud covered with temps in the 70s and Thursday and Friday look like rain.  I'll keep an eye on the week's upcoming weather.  
High tide: 2:12PM
Low tide: 7:45AM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:59AM
Sunset: 8:11PM
UV Index: 7
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,038,171
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,595
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,445
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 209

Friday, July 30, 2021

Happy Friday!

Not My Photo 

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and shining brightly in the clear blue sky. Humidity's at 86% with a dew point of 74°.  Breezes are light out of the NW at 7-9mph.  It'll be a pleasant, summer day with mostly sunny conditions, temps in the low-mid 80s and breezes out of the NW at 10-15mph.  tonight... clear to partly cloudy, temps dropping into the low-70s (possibly upper 60s) with North winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny (some cloud cover) with temps in the mid-upper 70s and NW winds at 5-10mph.  Sunday... beginning cloudy, possibly turning to showers in the late morning / early afternoon (60% chance), temps in the low-mid 70s. 
High tide: 1:27PM
Low tide: 6:58AM and 7:38PM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:59AM
Sunset: 8:12PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Current: Low
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,037,052
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,590
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,403
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 209

It's Friday...  Fireworks on the beach tonight at 10pm and my Friday Beach Etiquette Tips ...  
~Things I pack for the beach... bottled water, a spray bottle of water for you never know what, a hat, footwear (it's amazing how many folk don't wear something on their feet when trekking the extremely hot, burning sand and even worse forget to put footwear on their children), towel, sunblock, insect repellent (for the West Wind Biting Flies), first aid kit (I include a tiny bottle of vinegar for jelly fish stings), some shade (umbrella or sand chair with lid/canopy), something to read, sanitizing wipes, a small trash bag to collect any trash you may accumulate, and I always bring my crocheting as I love to crochet on the beach.  Some of my best baby blankets are "salty". 
~When going to the beach and deciding where to set camp, kindly give those around you a little extra space as courtesy is key.  Careful not to plop down only inches from someone else's camp.  This one's amazing to me as I see "close proximity plopping" time and time again.  Most beaches (with the exception of North Wildwood) are huge yet folks set up camp only inches from those already there enjoying their quiet beach day.  The fact is, their encampment could have been literally 30 feet away allowing plenty of room between others blankets, chairs and umbrellas, yet it's only inches away!  It happens more often than not.  I have yet to figure it out.  Human connection needed perhaps?  Whatever, it's a very strange phenomenon.
~Setting up your umbrella... be aware of wind direction and wind speed.  If it's windy, take those extra steps to secure your umbrella (sand screws or grabbers) or bungee cord (you can secure your umbrella to your beach cart or cooler etc).  It's common to see how unsecured umbrellas can be as the wind launches them directly toward unknowing folks about to be impaled.  And, remember to open your umbrella into the wind otherwise, those gusts will be blowing your umbrella inside out making it almost impossible to control. 
~Know the time of your tides.  Always check with the lifeguard if unsure.  If the tide is at its highest, you can sit as close to the surf as you want as the tide will be taking the entire day to slip into low tide and the beach grows bigger and bigger.  It takes 6 hours for the tide to go from High to Low.
~Teach children beach etiquette.  Throwing sand is a no-no.  Teach them not to run or chase one another around someone laying on their blanket as the kicked up or thrown sand from the winds scatter over the person lying there peacefully.  I've had families whose little toddlers take off running from their campsite right to mine and onto my blanket before any adult could grab them.  I guess it's cute.  My advice to parents of young toddlers (1-2 year olds)... bring a "pack-n-play" for them as I can assure you that your day will be much more enjoyable with those babes confined.
~Remember when shaking out towels or blankets, be conscious of the wind direction and shake away from those in close proximity of your shaken sands.
~There is "no smoking" on the beach.  That includes pipes, vapes, cigars and marijuana.  Wildwood Crest has a designated smoking area for cigarette smoking.  There's "no smoking" of any kind on the boardwalk too.  As New Jersey has recently legalized Marijuana, you cannot smoke it in these small coastal towns as they've all outlawed it including Wildwood.  It's allowed on private property.
~Dogs are allowed on Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches from Oct-May.  Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk at any time.  There are a couple of great beach dog-parks.  One at 3000 Glenwood Ave. at the beach and one in North Wildwood at 24th and the beach.  NW requires a permit and also posts that dogs are not allowed on the beach when lifeguards are present (9:30-5:30).  Dog's must be on a leash at all times when not in the dog parks.
~Never leave trash on the beach.  Better yet, pick up any you see whether it's yours or not.  There are many, many trash and recycle containers on the beach and sidewalks might as well use them. 
~If into music, remember your headphones.  Believe it or not, no one really wants to hear your blasting music drowning out the soothing sounds of the surf.  And, direct that (not too loud) speaker towards you, not to the other folks on the beach.
~Feeding seagulls is a big no-no.  Eat and snack smartly.  Using hands up or out when holding a sandwich to express oneself is a magnet for swooping gulls.  Drop just one potato chip and you'll create seagull havoc.  Eat under your umbrella or chair canopy.  Seagulls are vultures and are endlessly eyeing beach goers eating habits.  They're relentless in trying to find the 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 you have an unsupervised blanket or bag with chip bags exposed, they will help themselves to that bag and share their newly acquired beach find with their gull family and friends right there on your beach blanket and surrounding area.
~Playing ball, Frisbee, horseshoes, corn hole, kite-flying, ladder toss, spike ball, paddle ball, volley ball, kan-jam, beach darts, etc., is a no-no where everyone's camped beaching.  The dune or emptier side of the beach is designated for those active beach games.  The beach patrol will probably stop you anyway. But, be mindful of those around you who are not in the game.
~Observe all posted warnings... beach closures, no alcohol or marijuana, rip currents, surfing only etc.  If in doubt, check with the lifeguards.  
~And lastly, be courteous.  Courtesy is key.  Be kind and considerate of everyone enjoying this beautiful moment along with you.  Happy Beaching!  

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Unsettled Thursday

Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 92% with a dew point of 72°.  Everything is still damp from the overnight showers.  There's sunshine breaking through this morning's cloud cover as I type.  Breezes are out of the SE at 9-11mph.  Expect partly cloudy skies this morning followed by thicker cloud cover and scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon.  A few storms could be severe.  Temps will just about tap the 80° mark with winds kicking up a bit out of the South at 10-20mph.  Chance of rain today is 50%.  Tonight... 60% chance of rain (storms could be strong with gusty winds) with partly cloudy skies after midnight.  Temps will drop to where they are now... low 70s and SW winds at 15-25mph.  Tomorrow... plentiful sunshine, high of 85° and NW winds at 10-20mph.  The weekend is still looking 50-50 with Saturday looking like the better of the two days with plentiful sunshine and much lower humidity.  Sunday still looking unsettled with partly to mostly cloudy conditions and the possibility of rain beginning late morning.
High tide: 12:41PM
Low tide: 6:42AM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:59AM
Sunset: 8:13PM
UV Index: 6
Rip Current: Moderate risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,035,975
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,589
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,372
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 209

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A Repeat Of Yesterday

Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 97° with a dewpoint of 73°.  Breezes are barely there out of the W-NW at 3-5mph.  It's hazy and Ms Sun is obscured.  Hubby says the haze is due to the wild fires out West and the trail of smoke that's seeped into our atmosphere and sky.  One thing's for sure, it's humid as you can get without rain falling.  I forgot about yesterday's bathing suits on the backyard clothesline and took them down as soon as I saw them this morning and they were still wet.  That tells you how humid it is.  That also tells you how the weather will be again today... hazy, hot and humid.  Expect a warm one today with sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds.  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible (15% chance).  Breezes will be out of the NE at 5-10mph.  Temps will be in the mid-upper 80s.  Tonight... partly cloudy, temps in the low-70s, winds out of the E-SE at 5-10mph with a 25% chance of a stray shower early.  Tomorrow... 50% chance of scattered showers and/or thunderstorms and a high of 80°.  As for this coming weekend... Saturday looks like the better of the two days as Sunday has rain in the forecast.  If heading to the beach today, remember to prepare smartly.  Don't forget the sunscreen, head wear, footwear, water and an umbrella as it's very hot on the beach with that piping hot beach sand.  

High tide: 11:53AM
Low tide: 5:52PM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:57AM
Sunset: 8:14PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,035,027
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,586
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,361
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 209

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Hazy Hot and Humid

Mornin'!  It's 81° in Wildwood NJ.  Feels like 87° with the humidity.  Humidity's 82% with a Dew point of 74°.  Ms Sun's up and the breezes are barely there out of the NW at 3-4mph.  The Blog took a back seat this morning as grocery shopping at 7AM took priority.  The Coast is extremely thick with visitors and if grocery shopping isn't done at the crack of dawn, then you're shit out of luck.  By that, I mean... much too crowded for me and of course empty, picked over super market shelves.  Yesterday, I went to Millville (45minute drive) to buy some of my personal staples that are not available here locally as proven by the empty shelves.  So, I'm now home, groceries are put away, I have my mug of coffee with warm sunshine pouring in my front porch windows. Thank god for air conditioning.  It's hazy, hot and humid out there.  Coming back onto the island this morning was cool as you could barely see the Ferris-wheel or any high buildings along the coast line.  Everything was hidden in the low-lying morning haze.  We're going to have another hot one (it got up to 93° yesterday) as temps are supposed to hit the mid-80s but I'm going with the low-mid 90s.  Expect abundant sunshine, and hazy, hot, humid conditions with S-SW breezes at 5-10mph.  There's a 20% chance of afternoon rains.  Tonight... clear skies, low-mid 70s (went to bed around 11pm last night and it was 79°) with breezes out of the SW at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny in the AM and scattered showers and/or thunderstorms developing in the afternoon (40% chance).  If heading to the beach today... prepare smartly.  Wear footwear, pack plenty of water and don't forget some kind of covering (shirt, umbrella, hooded sandchair etc).  It'll be a hot one today on that beach. 
High tide: 11:03AM
Low tide: 5:05AM
Ocean temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:56AM
Sunset: 8:15PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,034,233
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,579
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,350
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 209

Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday Mix of Sun and Clouds

Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  No sunshine again this morning.  We've got some cloud cover as Ms Sun's beginning to reach above it and begin shining on the island.  Humidity's at 90% along with a dew point of 72°.  Breezes are out of the SW at 4-7mph.  It's one of those partly gray, still, humid mornings.  It's aromatic though with briny, marshy fragrance penetrating the heavy air.  It's going to be partly cloudy today with a 20% of rain showers and/or thunderstorms in the afternoon with temps in the mid-upper 80s and SW winds at 5-10mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy, patchy fog overnight, temps in the low-70s with SW winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... some fog in the early morning, otherwise a lovely, warm, sunny day with temps in the mid-upper 80s and NW breezes becoming W-SW at 5-10mph.  If you're up for an Irish Marching Band, they'll be marching down the boardwalk tonight (every Monday night at 7:30pm) from 16th to Montgomery Avenues.
High Tide: 10:11AM
Low Tide: 4:18PM
Ocean Temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:55AM
Sunset: 8:16PM
UV Index: 7
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,033,712
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,575
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,344
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 208

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Very Breezy Mostly Cloudy Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Just clouds this morning with stiff breezes out of the S-SW at 18-22mph +gusting.  Humidity's 87% with a dew point of 69°.  There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning.  It'll be a cloudy the first half of the day with gradual sunshine peeking through this afternoon's cloud cover. There's also a slight chance of rain (40% chance) this afternoon.  Temps will get into the mid-upper 80s with very stiff breezes out of the S-SW at 20-25mph +gusting.  Tonight... mostly cloudy, temps back into the low-70s with Southerly breezes at 15-25mph.  Chance of rain is 30%.  Tomorrow... partly cloudy and high of 87° with Southwest breezes at 5-10mph.  Chance of rain is 30%.  Tuesday... perfection with plenty of sunshine, temps in the mid-upper 80s and North winds at 5-8mph.
High Tide: 9:20AM
Low Tide: 3:30PM
Ocean Temp: 75°
Sunrise: 5:54AM
Sunset: 8:17PM
UV Index: 7-8
Rip Current: Moderate Risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 1,033,116
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 26,573
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 9,342
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 208