Monday, August 20, 2018

Not So Sunny Monday

Mornin'!  It's 71° in Wildwood NJ.  It's cloudy.  Humidity's 86%, Dewpoint of 70° and stiff breezes out of the E-NE at 15-20mph.  It feels much cooler and comfortable this morning when stepping outside.  It definitely has that touch of Fall in the air.  It'll be a mostly pleasant day (albeit breezy) with a cloudy start and a 30% chance of a rain shower this morning.  Ms Sun will only be peeking in throughout the day and by late this afternoon / early evening will take over what's left of the day.  Temps will barely tap 80° as E-NE (15-20mph) stiff breezes are staying checked in until tonight (8-10mph).  Tonight...mostly cloudy (20% chance of showers) with temps in the low 70s.  Tomorrow...more clouds with the possibility of rain by the afternoon.  It looks like our next really nice weather day is Thursday.  Our "high" season has begun to shift a bit as the last 2 weeks of July and first 2 weeks of August are what I call "packed to the gills" season and it's ending now.  This week will begin that shift as many college kids have left or are now leaving for the start of their new school year.  Then, the real "Shoobies" (the families that live here all summer with children) begin to pack it in as they start their hiatus home to ready for school.  The "new" families with tiny children come at the end of August for vacation.  The retired old folk come after Labor Day and enjoy September for their vacations.  Whatever way you look at it, the shift will begin this week as Wildwood's made it through another thick, intense summer (high) season.  This morning's weather certainly has that feel too...Autumn's just around the corner...33 days.
High tide:4:28p.m.
Low tide:9:57a.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:49p.m.
UV Index: 8 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (check yesterday's moderate meaning)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Partly Sunny Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  Soggy Wildwood NJ that is.  We had a nice dumping of rain throughout the night; with good thunder and lightning storms.  Hubby and I spent most of the day yesterday trimming back the gardens and trees and the moment you step out onto the back porch this morning, the aroma of our freshly cut tree branches hits the senses as it mixes with that salty briny sea air.  So all that trimmed and pruned shrubbery (including my nicely saturated Jasmine and Lavender plants) give off, even more, Sunday fragrant loveliness.  Inside...the grits and sausage are on!
How about today's weather? It's currently soggy and cloudy.  Ms Sun just broke through but for only a couple minutes.  She'll be doing that all throughout the day.  It's gray and humid and thick out there.  Humidity's 96% and the Dewpoint is 74°.  No breezes to note.  Expect a mix of clouds and sun today as temps stay lower than as of late barely tapping 80° and breezes out of the N-NE at 15-20mph w/gusting (you'll definitely need to bungee the ol' umbrella today if heading to the beach and keep an eye on the doppler).  The humidity's going to drop too (82%).  There is a 30-40% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms this afternoon.  Tonight...partly cloudy with temps just about where they are now (lower 70s) with NE breezes at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow...almost a perfect repeat of today!
High tide:3:34p.m.
Low tide:9:01a.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:51p.m.
UV Index:8 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (take "moderate" seriously as it implies that anyone in the ocean should swim in front of the lifeguards.  Never swim alone or at night as the current can have its way with you when it's pulling tightly around you.)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Mix Of Clouds And Sun To Start

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got some cloud cover this morning. It's warm and muggy out there.  Humidity's at 91% with a Dewpoint of 71°.  Breezes are light out of the W-SW at 4-8mph.  Expect a partly sunny start to the day as Ms Sun will eventually shine through the cloud cover but will give way to a mostly cloudy day with temps in the mid-upper 80s and breezes out of the SW at 9-11mph.   There's a 20% chance of rain showers.  Tonight...cloudy with a 60-80% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms as temps head back to where they are now (upper-70s) with breezes out of the W-SW at 7-9mph. Tomorrow...looks like a wet and muggy Sunday with an 80% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms throughout the day and evening.  Temps will only be in the mid-upper 70s!
High Tide:2:41p.m.
Low Tide:8:02a.m. and 8:49p.m.
Ocean Temp:77°
Sunset:7:52p.m.
UV Index: 8
Rip Currents: Low risk

Friday, August 17, 2018

TGIF!

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and warm with a very light breeze out of the SE at 3-5mph.  Humidity's 84% with a Dewpoint of 76%.  It'll be mostly sunny, hazy day (some clouds in the mix) with a high of 86°.  Breezes will be out of the South at 10-15mph.  Tonight...temps in the upper 70s with a 20-30% chance of a shower and/or thunderstorm.  Breezes will be out of the S-SW at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow...more cloud cover entering but chance of rain (45%) doesn't begin until the evening.  Sunday...50-70% chance of rain.
High tide:1:50p.m.
Low tide:7:06a.m. and 7:45p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:53p.m.
UV Index:8 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk
Friday Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette~
~Remember to pack water, hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, and shade (umbrella or sand chair with a canopy). If packing 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 you.
~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.
~Don't forget those cigarette butts...collect and trash them.  Or just don't smoke and pollute the lovely sea air. Never stick them in the sand and leave them...that'll be tomorrow's find for the little kid digging in the sand.  Plus, cigarette filters take years to decompose and could be taken to the ocean by the tides giving sea life harmful/toxic cigarette filter tidbits to swallow. Smoking is banned on the Boardwalk in all the towns by the way.
~Remember to pack headphones for your music device or at least keep the volume down to a minimum (believe it or not no one wants to hear your music not to mention your beach neighbor might be quietly trying to listen to their own music).  
~Kindly give your beach neighbors space when selecting your beach campsite. Courtesy is key. Careful not to plop only inches from others' blankets/umbrellas.
~Teach children some beach etiquette. Running (basically "kicking") and dispensing sand nearby others 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 emotion when holding your sandwich up or out is a magnet for swooping gulls. Dropping one potato chip thoughtlessly 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).  If successful, seagull havoc begins as 40 other gulls come in for a food fight of your scattered lunch.  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.  I mean on the back side 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 quiet, relaxing beach day.  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.
~Here's a new one...how about use of profanity?  This week a family with a teenage son shouted the "f" bomb repeatedly throughout the entire day while his mother repeatedly said, "Watch your mouth."  He simply responded to her as though she wasn't even there.  But all those beach-goers camped around them surely were!  I just don't get it.  

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Partly Cloudy Thursday


Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  It's warm and humid again.  Ms Sun's up and trying to shine through the hazy, somewhat cloudy sky.  Humidity's 85% with a Dewpoint of 73°.  No breezes to note (barely there out of the W-SW).  Expect a mix of hazy clouds and some sun today with temps near 90°.  Those "westerlies" aren't going anywhere as winds will begin to wift (waft) over the island with a W-SW land breeze at 15-18mph.  Pack the insect repellent just in case those greenhead flies pay a visit.  And, prepare to anchor those umbrellas (bungee, sand anchors) as those stiff, warm, land breezes will have their way with you, your beach blanket and your umbrella.  In case you didn't know, Wildwood's beach sand is like powder...very soft and light.  And, if it's a land breeze day (West winds) out there...prepare to deal with that bad boy.  Tonight...partly cloudy, breezes out of the S-SW at 15-20mph with temps in the mid-70s.  Tomorrow...pretty much the same.  The weekend...Saturday's looking like the better of the 2 days which isn't anything to write home about.
High tide:12:58p.m.
Low tide:6:45p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:55p.m.
UV Index:7-8 (moderate)
Rip Currents: Low Risk

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Perfect Hump Day (except for the wind direction)

Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  No breezes to note. Humidity's way down...79% with a Dewpoint of 70° making it feel pretty shocking after a long stretch of warm and humid conditions these past summer mornings.  It actually feels like Autumn is peeking in just a tiny bit and is feeling lovely...a nice change.  The skies are clear (except for a horizon group of clouds obscuring Ms Sun who is headed our way for the day).  It'll be sunny and warm with temps in the low-mid 80s, low humidity, and breezes out of the West at 10-12mph.  Lots of West winds this week (keep that insect repellent close at hand) as those Westerlies bring the biting greenhead flies.  Tonight...more loveliness...clear and mild...low 70s with breezes out of the W-SW at 10-12mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same.  As for the weekend, it's a bit early to say for certain, but Saturday's looking better than Sunday.
High tide:12:05p.m.
Low tide:5:50p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:56p.m.
UV Index:9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For The Most Part...A Lovely Tuesday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  It's a lovely morning with a little partial cloud cover making a lovely, colorful sunrise.  It's breezy...S-SW winds at 5-10mph.  It's less humid...Humidity's 85% with 71° Dewpoint.  It'll be mostly sunny today (at least until late afternoon / or around dinner time) with temps in the low 80s and breezes out of the W-SW at 8-11mph.  The clouds will filter in today as there's a 40% chance of an isolated shower and/or thunderstorm later this afternoon into this evening.  Tonight...scattered showers, mostly cloudy, temps in the low-mid 70s and breezes out of the West at 9-11mph.  Tomorrow...sunny and dry.  It seems that every day this week those "West" winds are in the forecast so pack that insect repellent for the greenhead flies just in case.  I had yesterday's forecast wrong as I kept hearing rain and flooding in Philly and the surrounding Philly area and suburbs thinking it's heading our way but we had hardly a cloud in the deep blue sky.  Go figure.
High tide:11:11a.m.
Low tide:4:59p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:58p.m.
UV Index:8 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk