Monday, March 19, 2018

Farewell Winter!!!

Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and shining brightly.  There's hardly a cloud in the sky.  There's barely a breeze (N-NW 3-5mph).  And, there's frost on all the surfaces again...shed roofs, vehicles, lawns, etc.  It's an exact repeat of yesterday morning.  In fact, today will be just like yesterday..."mild" for this last day of winter...plentiful sunshine, temps in the mid-upper 40s and breezes out of the E-SE at 6-10mph.  The clouds begin to drift in this evening as breezes ramp up just a little out of the SW at 12-15mph and temps drop back down into the mid-upper 30s.  March has some tricks up its sleeve as it releases Winter beginning tomorrow with another Nor'easter (4th so far this month).  Prepare for a mix of rain and snow and those winds...yes, those March winds (NE) sustained 30+mph will be giving the ol' hairdos a run for their money for quite a few days this week.  This storm that has us in its sites will be checked in both Tuesday (beginning tonight on the overnight) throughout Wednesday.  It'll be blustery, cold and wintry with 1-2" of the white stuff possibly on Wednesday.  Thursday, Ms Sun will be returning.  Just saying.  Don't let the door hit you in the ass Winter.
High tide:10:02a.m.
Low tide:4:01p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunny Sunday

Hereford Lighthouse - North Wildwood
Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun just rose over the horizon as the sky is clear and cloudless.  Surfaces have a nice coating of frost this morning as it is a crisp, cold start to the day.  I can't believe there's no breeze to note but it's still as still can be out there.  I'm happy to report it'll be a decent winter's day today.  Two more days until Spring by the way.  Today will be sunny with temps in the low-mid 40s and breezes out of the NW at 8-10mph.  Tonight...clear, with temps in the mid-upper 30s and breezes out of the SW at 10-13mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same.  Tuesday (1st day of Spring)...not so much as the wind driven rains and cold temps are on tap.  Enjoy these last days of Winter!
High tide:9:23a.m.
Low tide:3:25p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day - New Moon

Top of thee mornin' to ye! Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  March is giving us a break on the breeze this morning as it's officially 3-4mph out of the West.  It's pretty much still with starlit skies and briny aromas from the marsh and ocean.  It doesn't even feel that cold out there...just crisp and clean (that is if you consider "briny" clean).  It's great out there.  The aroma in my house is pretty nice too as I'm baking an Irish soda bread (recipe below). I bake a loaf every year on St. Patty's day.  It makes a very nice accompaniment to the corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes that are on the menu for dinner.  For some reason, it's the only day of the year this meal in on my dinner menu.'ll be fairly nice weather for the St. Patty's Day Parade in North Wildwood kicking off at 11:30a.m. on Atlantic Avenue at City Hall and making its way North to Olde New Jersey Ave. as it'll be partly sunny with clouds filtering in later in the day as temps get into the low 40s.  Breezes will be somewhat gentle...Westerly at 13-15mph.  Tonight...clouds will drift on out as it'll be clear with temps in the low-mid 30s and N-NW breezes at 11-14mph.  Tomorrow and Monday...more of the same.  But, not so much on Tuesday as guessed it...our 4th Nor'easter this ol' month of March is planning on checking in.  Expect the usual...moisture (rain showers / snow showers), winds and raw, cold temps and again hopefully no snow accumulation as we've been missing the bullet on snowfall these past March storms thankfully.
High tide:8:46a.m.  Low tide:2:47p.m.  Ocean temp:41°  Sunrise:7:05a.m.  Sunset:7:10p.m.
New Moon today (the tides will be much more swollen than normal...never drive thru tide waters)

Irish Soda Bread
3½ C sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C sugar
1½ C buttermilk
2 eggs
2 T melted butter
1½ C raisins
2 T caraway seeds 
Mix Dry ingredients
Mix Wet ingredients
Mix Together (all by hand)
Mix in seeds and raisins last
Prepare (butter/oil) a loaf pan
Bake 350° for an hour (or until cake tester comes out clean) 
(If it wasn't for Mo, I wouldn't have this delicious recipe...Thanks!)

Friday, March 16, 2018


North Wildwood (North End) beaches
Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  It's calm and quiet with breezes out of the N-NE at 5-10mph.  Seems weird to have the breezes so light.  Don't get used to it... it's March! It's partly cloudy with big white cumulous clouds in the black, starlit sky.  It'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today with temps in the low 40s and winds eventually coming in from the W-NW at 18-23mph +gusting.  By sunset, the sky should be clear and sunny with temps dropping into the mid-upper 30s tonight with breezes out of the NW at 15-20mph.  My guess is a nice sunset this evening.  For the weekend...tomorrow's looking good on the onset but breezy with increasing cloud cover and a 30% chance of rain showers by the afternoon.'s all good as Sunday's looking sunny and bright with winds finally simmering down somewhat.  Just a reminder...the New Moon is tomorrow...much higher and lower tides.
High tide:8:09 a.m.
Low tide:2:09 p.m.
Ocean temp:41°
Sunrise:7:06 a.m.
Sunset: 7:09 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ides of March

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  Windchill is 24° with winds out of the West at 16-22mph.  The sky is clear with Ms Sun now over the horizon.  Not much in the line the clouds.  That will change later this morning though as clouds filter in making it a partly cloudy afternoon.  Temps will get into the low-mid 40s with breezes out of the West-SW at 16-22mph.  Tonight...partly cloudy with temps in the low 30s, breezy with winds out of the W-NW at 20-30mph.  Not one forecast has mentioned any moisture of any kind...rain showers/snow flurries/fog etc.  Every forecast has agreed on it being blustery today.  Tomorrow...pretty much the same as today with winds even stronger.  Why would March be any different at this point?  Oh, and don't forget about the tides...much higher (and lower) due to that New Moon coming.  Today in 44BC, Julius Ceasar was assassinated...thus The Ides of March.  It was a turning point in Roman history and I always think of it as March being ½ way completed.
High tide:7:30a.m. and 7:59p.m.
Low tide:1:28p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hump Day Chills

Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  Windchill is 24°.  There's a serious nip in the morning air.  The sky is clear as Ms Sun is already beginning to shine, and it's blustery...winds out of the West at 15-22mph.  We'll have a humpday mix as we begin the day with sunshine, clouds increasing throughout the day, temps tapping 40° and those March winds keeping the hairdos a mess (W-NW 23-26mph +gusts).  No rain in the forecast until tomorrow afternoon but those wind chills will be keeping us layered.  Tonight...clear, blustery with winds out of the West at 25-35mph +gusting and temps in the low 30s.  The weekend's still looking sunny and a little bit warmer as winter temperatures go (6 days until Spring).  The next New Moon is this Saturday.  Remember New Moons and Full Moons bring much higher tides if noticing how much higher the surrounding waters begin to infiltrate the island.  Don't drive through tide (salt) water.
High tide: 7:13p.m.
Low tide: 12:46p.m.
Ocean temp: 41°

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snow/Rain then Mostly Sunny

Mornin'!  It's 35° (feels like 28° with the windchill) in Wildwood NJ.  We've got some leftover Nor'easter happening with moaning winds out of the NW at 25-35mph and light misty rain.  There's no snow anywhere thankfully.  It's very cold and raw out there this morning.  Thank goodness for a hot cup of coffee and a warm fireplace.  It'll be blustery and cold today (what else is's still March out there).  Ms Sun does intend to check in this afternoon.  Temps will be in the low 40s with breezes out of the NW at 23-34mph.  Tonight...mid 30s, clear and breezy (W-NW 17-26mph).  It's just one of those typical March (chill goes right through you) days.  18 more days and counting.  In fact it's one week until Spring (keep in mind March doesn't really care about that).  This coming weekend doesn't look too shabby though as we may see temps in the 50s with plenty of sunshine!
High tide:12:02p.m.
Low tide:6:28p.m.
Ocean temp:42°

Oh...Here's Some Opening Dates...

NEW  ~  Boardwalk Yoga  -  March TBA
Mariner's Arcade  -  March TBA
NEW  ~  Beefie's  -  Thursday, March 15
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse  -  Friday, March 16
2 Mile Landing & Bar and The Crab House  -  Friday, March 23
Franconi's Pizza  -  Friday, March 23
Mack's Pizza  -  Friday, March 23
Ravioli House  -  Friday, March 23
#1 Tavern - Home of the Super Tully Nut  -  Friday, March 30
Fresh on Fifth  -  Friday, March 30
What Goes On  -  Friday, March 30
The Wild Burrito  -  Friday, March 30
Morey's Piers (Mariner's Pier)  -  Saturday, March 31

NEW ~ MudHen Brewing Company - April TBA
Piro's Village Restaurant  -  April TBA
Maui’s Dog House  -  Thursday, April 5
Kelly's Cafe  -  Friday, April 20

Monday, March 12, 2018

50-50 Weather Day

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under some cloud cover at the moment as Ms Sun's up and at'em but not shining through at the moment.  Breezes are barely there out of the N-NE at 3-5mph.  We're about to have a 50-50 weather day with some sunshine peeking through this morning turning to a cloudy day by afternoon.  Temps will be in the upper 30s / low 40s as breezes commence out of the NE at 18-22mph.  By early evening...rain showers with windier conditions (N-NE) as temps drop back down into the 30s are forecasted.  During the overnight, we might see rain turn to a wintry mix and then snowfall.  Some forecasts are saying this could very well be just a rain event along our coast, but one way or another, we'll see some moisture with barely a dusting to hardly any accumulation.  Oh...don't forget those cold March winds as they're not going anywhere. By tomorrow morning this so-called Nor'easter should be on its way out to sea as it leaves a cloudy day in its wake.  My bets are on a lovely sunset by tomorrow evening.
High tide:5:36p.m.
Low tide:11:15a.m.
Ocean temp:42°

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunny Sunday - Daylight Savings Time

Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  Daylight Savings Time has begun. That makes me happy. Clocks got turned ahead an hour in case you forgot.  With that said today's sunset will be a major indication that Spring and Summer are headed this way.  It's crispy outside as morning has just about broken.  Ms Sun's preparing to cross the horizon.  Everything is covered in a fine layer of frost in the salty air.  No breezes to note.  It'll be a lovely day with Ms Sun pouring down (at least until late this afternoon).  Temps will be in the low 40s with breezes out of the NW at 5-7mph.  Clouds will filter in and by dinner time we'll have cloud cover with temps in the low 30s and breezes out of the NE at 4-6mph.  Well, I might as well say it...another Nor'easter has us in its sights.  That's 3 Nor'easters since March took over.  The last one was water/flooding as the island was too warm for snow unlike my daughter's neck of the woods...the Bucks County area which got hit hard with that last one.  I felt like I was in the Pocono mountains with that bad boy.  They had around 9-10" with a lot of tree damage and power outages.  Thankfully their electric and most trees stayed intact.  For this next storm which will begin tomorrow night...expect the winds out of the N-NE at 20-25mph with rains commencing around bedtime and as the temperature drops, the rain will change to snow which will continue into Tuesday morning.  It'll be cold and windy until the storm clears out Tuesday night.  We shouldn't see any more than a couple inches that's if the temperature stays cold enough.  March has already overstayed its welcome and there's only 20 days left of it.  Better yet...9 more days until Spring.  I'll end on that lovely note!
High tide:4:37p.m.
Low tide:10:24a.m.
Ocean temp:42°

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Daylight Savings Begins at Bedtime

Mornin'!  It's 37° in sunny Wildwood NJ.  Got home last evening from a week at my daughter's  home as she and her family all begin the adjustment from a family of three to four.  Our newest babe "Lana Rose" is making it easy.  It was one of the best weeks of my life.  Exhausting but "the best" (I had the 10p.m. - 2a.m. feedings).  So, I did a "catch-up" on sleep today as I slept in big time.  It felt terrific to be in my own bed but even more importantly...back down the seashore (with no snow to be found anywhere unlike my daughter's neck of the woods...8-10 inches of heavy, wet snow).  While sipping my coffee, I think I've stepped onto the back porch at least 8 times already deeply breathing in the brisk, salt air.  That salt air is my favorite thing about living on the coast. My parents brought me to this island when I was a baby and I believe it's in my genes.  It's in my hubby's too as well our children, our grandson and will be in Ms Lana's once she arrives (hopefully in a few weeks) here at my little seashore cottage. It's good to be home!
The weather's cooperating as Ms Sun is shining brightly and warming the front of my house with the sun pouring in every window in the front of my house...front enclosed porch, front door, and the windows in the 2nd-floor front bedroom.  The breezes are out of the West at 12-18mph bringing in the salty marsh aromas.  It'll be a lovely mild winter's day with plenty of sunshine, temps tapping the low-40s and breezes out of the West at 10-12mph.  Tonight...clear with temps in the mid-30s and breezes out of the W-NW at 8-10mph.  Tomorrow...pretty much the same as today.  Monday we'll begin clouding up as showers are due in by the afternoon.  It's daylight savings time again!  Turn the clocks ahead tonight before turning in tonight as we lose an hour sleep this weekend.  Our pooch has a tough time with this one.  Oh...change those batteries in all your detectors too.  It's best to do this now so you don't forget about it later.  Have a good weekend!
High tide:3:38p.m.
Low tide:9:27a.m.
Ocean temp:42°

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Continues To Make Its Presence Known

Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloudy skies with N-NW winds at 18-23mph.  I should just write "March is here".  It'll be here for 27 more days, unfortunately.  We had a couple hair-raising days with that ol' Noreaster Winter Storm Riley.  So glad that's outta here, but those leftover winds still remain, unlike my canvas awnings. More importantly, we never had any injuries, major damage or lost power (just briefly as it returned right away). We had no flooding that was forecasted.  No snow.  Just off and on rain showers with extremely angry winds. The March winds were top bill on this storm.
So, here's today's sunny / partly cloudy with temps in the mid-40s and North winds still blowing up at 20-25mph with gusting.  Tonight...mostly clear, cold and blustery with temps in the upper 20s / low 30s and North winds 20-25mph with gusting. Tomorrow mostly sunny with breezes calmed down a bit...North winds 10-20mph. Tuesday...starting out like Monday and ending with clouds, rain, maybe snow and what else? Winds. While on "winds", they'll be hanging around throughout the rest of this week but Ms Sun will be trying to warm things up.  At least until Wednesday when we'll see only cloud cover and moisture in some form...rain and/or snow.  I won't be here for that as I'm heading up the road this afternoon and going to spend most of next week away from the Coast to stay with and lend a hand to our daughter, her brand new baby girl, and 4 yr. old son as their adjustment period continues while her hubby returns to the workforce tomorrow.  It's feeling great to be needed!   Depending on my hours and computer availability (my tablet sucks), I may try to blog but as many of you who read my blog know that I'm not a fan of reporting Wildwood's weather when not here.  I'd much rather live it and report the facts just as I'm seeing and feeling it from my back porch rather than just providing a report from various weather sources. is the link for checking accurate, up-to-date weather for anywhere in the USA.  Type in 08260 or Wildwood NJ and you'll have the weather you need for the Wildwood NJ area.  The last/bottom link's right on my blog page under "Personal Favs". See you on the other side!
High tide:9:35a.m.
Low tide:3:36p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Saturday, March 3, 2018

We Made It Through Another One!

Mornin'!  It's 37° in Wildwood NJ.  It's cloudy and gray and windy (N-NW 25-30mph). We have power! March has been snarling, growling and gnawing at our coast for over a day now and it's only 2 days old.  We shouldn't have left our canvas awnings up over this winter as the winds feasted on them during this Nor'easter. They're pretty much destroyed.  We still have power though after losing it yesterday afternoon briefly.  We experienced no major flooding. We still have a roof and fencing around our property.  I did see that Collier's Liquor Store's entire roof blew off, the eroded beaches were pummeled with rough seas, the former Wildwood Crest beach library lost its north brick wall and who knows what else.  Personally...a lot to be grateful for.  It'll be a mostly gray (peeks of sun which seems to be trying to shine a little this morning), blustery day with temps in the mid-40s, winds howling out of the N-NW at 25-30mph.  We may see snow flurries this morning and rain showers today but for the most part, it'll be a partly gray / partly clear, blustery day.  Tonight...mostly cloudy (some clearing) with temps in the upper 30s, and winds remaining out of the N-NW at 19-22mph.  Tomorrow...peeks of sun but the March winds aren't going anywhere.  What else is new? 28 days and it's outta here!
High tide:8:47a.m. and 9:18p.m.
Low tide:2:54p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Friday, March 2, 2018

Coastal Flood and High Wind Warning Today! Bring It On March!

Mornin'!  It's 42° in Wildwood NJ.  I should say "Windy" Wildwood NJ.  It's incredibly blustery as winds are howling (W-NW 25-30mph sustained with gusting).  It's raining lightly but the streets, surfaces etc. don't even appear wet.  This is what to expect today...major winds all day, wet with light rain showers this morning becoming heavy and steady this afternoon and temps staying right about where they are now.  Winds (NW) will be the main attraction with the minimum of 30mph +gusting all throughout the day and evening.  By late tonight...the showers will have checked out but the winds are going nowhere until late tomorrow night.  Tonight's temps...upper 30s.  I thought the streets would be full of rainwater along with tidal flooding occurring by now but nothing's happening in that regard.  This morning's high tide will be at the 8 o'clock hour on the ocean side and 9 o'clock hour on the bay side.  I'm thinking we may have missed the flooding bullet but it remains to be seen, especially with a full moon yesterday and living right near the harbor during a stormy day.  I'll be on the alert no doubt.  I dug the wellies out of the back of the closet and moved my vehicle to higher ground last night. That salt water will ruin the undercarriage of a vehicle immediately (never drive through salty flood water)! For the moment...good to go (except for the metro-liner winds roaring down the streets).  Be vigilant today and play it smart...preparedness is key when a Nor'easter is part of your weather day.
High tide:8:04a.m. and 8:32p.m.
Low tide:2:12p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Storm-A-Brewing with a Full Moon

Mornin'!  Hello March!  It's that "split personality" month with peeks of Spring and ugly weather thrown in the mix more often than not.  The countdown is on...30 more days and March will be outta here!  It's 46° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got cloud cover as somewhere under those clouds, Ms Sun just rose.  Doubtful if we'll see her warm rays today but one forecast did say peeks of sun this morning.  A gray morning is happening as I type though.  Not much in the line of breezes...W-SW 4-6mph.  On a good note...the first thing I heard when I opened my eyes this morning (I slept with the window opened just a bit) were seagulls laughing nearby.  That put a smile on my face when I realized it was my first morning in March.  Now that I think of it, they very well could have been shouting to one another that a storm is brewing!  As this so called Nor'easter has it's sights on our coast, it'll be mostly cloudy (probably completely cloudy) today with temps staying right around where they are now.  Breezes will be light out of the E-SE at 6-10mph.  Rain showers are due in by this afternoon.  It looks like it'll rain right into Saturday morning with 1" expected. Rain and heavy, major winds begin 30+ mph sustained winds then add to that gusting.  Tomorrow...we're talking "whipping" up with some major winds (37mph+), gusting with rains all throughout the day.  This coastal storm will surely bring flooding.  Be aware there's a Full Moon today and preparedness is in may want to prepare to move vehicles, use alternate routes (good chance of Wildwood's entrance being temporarily closed due to tidal flooding), dig out the wellies, check social media etc. Like I said "Hello March"...we're in it to win it now.  By the weekend, this storm will have moved out but those March winds aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
High tide:7:12a.m. and 7:43p.m.
Low tide:1:23p.m.
Ocean temp:40°