Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - Super Moon Monday

Mornin'!  Happy New Year!  Welcome 2018 and  a Super Moon!  It's 9° in Wildwood NJ.  It's breezy with N-NW winds at 18-20mph making it feels like -10°.  We're in it!  Ms Sun's shining brightly.  No clouds in sight.  The harbor's got a layer of ice on it.  There's some leftover snow residue here and there on the island. We're in for a cold one to kick off 2018 and I'm not talking a brewsky.  Temps will barely tap 20° with breezes out of the N-NW 18-20mph so expect a wind chill factor.  Ms Sun's staying checked in until dusk.  Once the sun sets...clouds roll in as temps drop into the teens again and winds out of W-NW will be 16-20mph.  Tomorrow...almost a repeat of today but just a tad warmer.
High tide:6:48a.m. and 7:22p.m.
Low tide:1:09p.m.
Ocean temp:44°
Some info on that 1st Supermoon of the year (the next is January 31st...two this month)'s known as the Wolf Moon when the Native American tribes would hear the wolves constantly howling in hunger.  It's the "super" moon because of how big it appears...14% larger than normal due to "perigee" which refers to the Moon's closest point to Earth and "syzygy" which is when celestial bodies line up (as the Sun, Earth and Moon do during each full moon).  This moon has an oval or elliptical orbit, not a "round" one.  At its closest extreme (tonight and 1/31/18), the Moon can be 14% closer and thus appearing 14% larger than other full moons!
Happy New Year everyone!

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