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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Some Rain This Monday

Mornin'!  It's 76° in rainy Wildwood NJ  We're having a rain shower at the moment with no breezes to note.  Humidity's 91% with a 71° Dewpoint.   50% chance of rain today (some sunshine in the mix too) but for the most part it looks like a cloudy day.  Some rainfall could produce heavy downpours with minor island flooding.  Temps will be in the low-mid 80s with breezes out of the NE 6-8mph.  Tonight...30-40% chance of rain showers with temps back into the mid-70s and breezes out of the W-SW at 5-8mph.  Tomorrow...chance of some morning and evening showers but a nice day overall.
High tide:10:17a.m.
Low tide:4:08p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:7:59p.m.
UV Index:7-8
Rip Currents: Low risk
FOOTNOTE: It turned out to be a sunny, blue sky kind of day!  Wish I had planned accordingly.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mix of Sunshine and Clouds

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's still high at 95% with a Dewpoint of 72°.  It's "thick" outside. We're under partly cloudy skies with Ms Sun doing everything she's got to break on through.  We have very light breezes out of the N-NE at 4-6mph.  It'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today with breezes out of the N-NE until around noon when they switch to the S-SE all at 4-6mph.  Temps will be in the low-mid 80s with a 30-40% chance of a passing shower and/or thunderstorm more like after mid-day.  Tonight...partly cloudy (chance of rain 30%) with temps in the mid-70s and breezes out of the N-NE at 3-5mph.  Tomorrow...almost a repeat of today.  I'm going with thumbs up for the North Wildwood 44th Annual Flea Market along JFK Boulevard from 8-4 today!
Hight tide:9:24a.m.
Low tide:3:16p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:00p.m.
UV Index: 8 (high)
Rip  Currents: Low Risk

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Not a "10" Saturday

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  It' overcast and cloudy at the moment with very light breezes out of the SE at 3-5mph.  Expect a mix of clouds and sun this morning as we head into a mostly cloudy day (I'm going with peeks of sun throughout the day).  There's a 20% chance of showers today.  It'll feel warm and humid with sun or no sun as the humidity's 80% with temps in the mid-upper 80s and breezes out of the S-SE at 10-15mph.  Tonight...60% chance of rain showers and/or thunderstorms with temps in the mid-upper 70s and breezes out of the South at 5-8mph. Tomorrow...pretty much the same with a 30-50% chance of showers and/or thunderstorms with a good chance of those rain clouds clearing out by the afternoon.
High tide:8:32a.m. and 8:48p.m.
Low tide:2:22p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:01p.m.
UV Index: 6 (medium)
Rip Currents: Low risk
Remember that "New" moon... it's been causing tidewater to seep into our streets all over the island.  It's amazing how the moon controls it, but that salty, corrosive "tidewater" should be avoided and not driven through as it's harmful to the underside of your vehicle. Unless of course, you have the ability to get under there and completely hose it down.  It is done here.  To get off and on the island during the high tides...using North Wildwood is your best bet for less street flooding but stay on New Jersey Avenue for traversing across the Wildwoods...less street flooding likely there too.  And, also notice that the "low" tides are lower than usual as well.  Lot's of mucky marsh exposed at low tide not to mention the beach looks much bigger.

Friday, August 10, 2018

I'm Going With A "10" For Today's Beach Day!

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny with hardly a breeze.  It's less humid as the Humidity's 82% with a dewpoint of 73°.  It's still sticky and pleasantly smelly with that ol' briny, fishy aroma on the island.  It looks like we're about to have a near perfect summer day down the shore with plenty of sunshine, temps in the mid-upper 80s and Southerly breezes at 6-8mph.  Tonight...the weekend clouds begin to roll in as it'll be mostly cloudy with temps in the mid-upper 70s, 30% chance of showers and breezes still out of the South at 7-10mph.  The weekend's looking "eh" with Saturday having a 20-40% chance of rain showers and/or thunderstorms and Sunday 40-70% chance. Monday's a repeat of today.  The "New Moon" is tomorrow.  The tides are higher with the Full and New moons.  I noticed last evening on "high tide" that the waters were way up and much higher than they normally are.  Don't drive through tidewater (it's like driving in the salty, corrosive ocean and not good for the undercarriage of your vehicle).  And, the back bay water has a high tide that's one hour later than the ocean's high tide...just an fyi.
High tide:7:39a.m. and 7:56p.m.
Low tide:1:26p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:02p.m.
UV Index: 9 (very high)
Rip Currents:moderate
And, it's Friday so the Beach Tips are up next but so far this summer I'm not seeing a lot of courtesy on the beach.
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 is 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 (they're terrific people).

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Summer Heat Continues

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up. Some light cloud cover this morning. No breezes to note. The Humidity's a bit lower at 87% with a Dewpoint of 73°.  It's a hazy, warm, summer morn.  It's what some would call "stinky" outside as the aroma of the marsh is heavy in the morning air and that lovely fishy fragrance hits you the minute you step out there. I personally like that smell as it always reminds me of the drive to our vacation and that area around Tuckahoe / Corbin City area when my father would yell out "Smell the shore" as the briny/fishy wildlife area would filter into the car and we knew we were almost down the shore.   I'm not sure if we'll have this fragrance throughout the day (it was here last night) but we will have a heavy, hazy, sunny, hot day again.  Temps will feel like we're in the 90s with W-NW warm land breezes wifting (wafting) over the island at 10-12mph.  Today looks like one of those days that the afternoon sea breeze will not kick in as the NW breezes are sticking around until tonight.  Tonight...clear and hazy with temps back into the mid-upper 70s (it was 80° last night at 10p.m.).  Tomorrow...more of the same but that sea breeze looks like it'll kick in by the afternoon.  The weekend...30-40% chance of showers both days.  That certainly doesn't mean a washout but a beach day may not be likely.  Remains to be seen.  For today though...remember the insect repellent.  Those warm land breezes do bring with them the greenhead (biting) flies.  Also, it'll be really hot on the beach today...prepare and pack accordingly...umbrella, footwear, hat, plenty of water, sunblock...you know the drill!
High tide:6:42a.m. and 7:02p.m.
Low tide:12:28p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:03p.m.
UV Index:9 (very high)
Rip Currents: moderate

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Heatwave Continues

Mornin'!  It's 81° in sunny Wildwood NJ.  The blogs a bit late as the ol' sleeping patterns have been off a bit as of late.  I feel like I lost most of this morning as I slept it away.  My bedroom room darkening shades help hugely too keeping me in the dark because Ms Sun's up and heating the island as I type.  It looks like another scorcher today repeating yesterday's weather with mostly hazy, sunny skies (some clouds in the mix) as temps climb into the upper 80s / low 90s.  Breezes are very light at the moment out of the West at 4-6mph and will kick up just a bit at 6-10mph from the S-SW.  Tonight...more clouds roll in as the temp drops into the mid-upper 70s with SW breezes at 8-10mph and a 50% chance of rain showers and/or thunderstorms. Tomorrow...a repeat of today.
Things to pack for the beach: water, sunblock, insect repellent, umbrella, hat and footwear.
High tide:6:02p.m.
Low tide:11:30a.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:04p.m.
UV Index:8-9 Very high
Rip Currents: Low risk

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Another Hot One

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  It's still cookin' out there with humidity at 91% and dewpoint at 74°.  No breezes to note. We're going to have a repeat of yesterday with blue skies, plenty of searing sunshine, temps in the mid-upper 80s (feeling like the 90s) and breezes out of the S-SW at 8-11mph this morning and switching from the South by this afternoon.  It'll feel humid and oppressive.  But, there's always the beach!  Once you're near the ocean, everything changes and things feel incredibly more comfortable and refreshing.  Just being near the water and/or sitting under shade (boardwalk, umbrella, canopy, sand chair w/sunshade etc.) all make the experience of a "beach day" pretty incredible and rewarding.  Anyway, it'll be one of those days today.  So far this week, it's been near perfect even with the summer heat.  Tonight...clear with temps back into the mid-70s and breezes out of the S-SW at 13-15mph.  The overnight into Wednesday morning may produce some showers and/or thunderstorms (30% chance).
High tide:4:58p.m.
Low tide:10:29a.m.
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunset:8:06p.m.
UV Index: High (8-9)
Rip Currents:moderate

Monday, August 6, 2018

Muggy Monday

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  It's another warm and muggy one this morning.  Ms Sun's shining brightly, Humidity's 90% and Dewpoint is 75° with no breezes to note.  If you jog or bike...do it now (or later when the sun's almost down) as this humidity will knock you down.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with plenty of hazy, hot, and humid weather on tap.  Temps will be in the mid-upper 80s with breezes out of the S-SW at 7-12mph.  There's a 15% chance of a passing shower and/or thunderstorm this afternoon but that percentage is so low that I doubt if we'll see any of that today.  If you see clouds building around you and they look threatening...check the doppler on your phone's weather app and take cover if a storm is approaching.  My bets are on "no rain today".   Tonight...clear with temps in the mid-upper 70s and breezes out of the S-SW at 8-10mph.  Tomorrow looks like a repeat of today.  Oh...I don't want to forget those "beach day reminders"...pack insect repellent for the biting "greenhead" flies as they come with any "westerly" breezes (none yesterday I'm happy to report), pack plenty of water, footwear (the sand will scorch your feet), a hat and an umbrella is just the ticket!
High tide:3:52p.m.
Low tide:9:24a.m. and 10:30p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:06p.m.
UV Index:9
Rip Currents: Moderate

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Hazy, Hot and Humid

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  No breezes to note.  It's bright and sunny with humidity at 90% and dewpoint at 76°.  It's feeling pretty warm out there.  We're up for a hot, steamy one today with sunny skies, temps in the upper 80s (we may tap the 90° mark) and breezes out of the W-NW at 5-7mph.  By this afternoon, they'll switch up a bit from the SW at 5-7mph.  Pack the insect repellent.  Tonight...clear, mid-70s and S-SW breezes at 10-12mph.  Tomorrow...more of the same.
High tide:2:52p.m.
Low tide:8:15a.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:07p.m.
UV Index: High (pack the sunscreen, plenty of water, a hat and footwear)
Rip Currents: Low risk

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Happy 5th Birthday To My Grandson!

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  About an hour ago we were getting a sprinkling of rain and now Ms Sun's breaking through and trying to shine down.  Everything's wet and my herb garden is making its lovely presence known.  It's humid 91% humidity with a 74° dewpoint.  There's a very light breeze out of the South at 3-5mph.  It's a really nice morning.  So, this unsettled (possibly rainy) Saturday looks like all weather reports coming in are now changed up a bit.  I thought it might be a washout but nada.  I'm going with the majority...somewhat cloudy / somewhat sunny day with a 30% chance of a passing shower (could even be a thunderstorm) into this afternoon.  As I've repeatedly said...30% chance is that you'll not likely see any rain but everyone's covering their butts in case we have a shower or two. My guess is that it will not be anything near a washout.  Today will become increasingly clearer with less and less cloud cover until it's mostly sunny by early evening (perhaps a beautiful sunset).  Temps will be in the mid-80s.  Southwest winds are on tap...10-20mph.  Tonight...clear, Southwest winds sticking around at 5-10mph with temps in the mid-70s.  Looks like a beautiful night tonight.  Tomorrow...clear and sunny with temps in the mid-upper 80s with (I hate to say it) West winds at 4-6mph.  They will shift to Southerly by the afternoon though.  But, just to hear myself talk...any breezes/winds with "West" in it, the greenhead (biting) flies wift (waft) right along with that breeze toward the beach as they find our bodies delectable.  Pack the insect repellent just in case.  And, A very Happy Birthday to my Grandson!  He's my most blessed gift!  Have a nice weekend!
High tide:1:57p.m.
Low tide:7:14a.m. and 8:12p.m.
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunset:8:09p.m.
UV Index:9 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (swim near a lifeguard)

Friday, August 3, 2018

TGIF!

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and a slightly bit breezy (SW 9-11mph).  Humidity's still out there - 95% with a Dewpoint of 75°.  It's heavy with moisture as Ms Sun's beginning to shine down and heat it all up again today.  We've been having a stretch of warm, humid, hazy, summery conditions as of late and today won't be an exception.  We never had the rain the forecasters reported for the overnight/morning.  Todays we might see showers and/or thunderstorms (20% chance) but for the most part it'll be partly sunny with temps in the low-mid 80s and a Southerly breeze at 10-14mph. Tonight...a slight chance of showers on the overnight (30% chance) with the Southerly breeze kicking at 13-17mph.  The weekend still looks 50-50 with tomorrow bringing the 60% chance of showers and/or thunderstorms before the afternoon and 20% later in the day/evening.  It looks like Sunday will be a beauty.
High tide:1:09p.m.
Low tide:6:27a.m. and 7:02p.m.
Ocean temp:77°
Sunset:8:10p.m.
UV Index:9 (very high)
Rip Currents:Moderate
Before I print out my Friday Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette, I have to report that yesterday's beach day was one of those beautiful, refreshing beach days but with a very stiff breeze (off the ocean winds) all day long which helped propel those beach umbrellas not anchored well enough.  Unfortunately, those umbrellas were headed in my direction as I prefer to sit as far from the water (and crowds) as I can.  It's really scary especially when 2 women were impaled by beach umbrellas last month along our east coast making national news. Securing umbrellas is a must when it's that breezy.  If you're not sure how to keep your umbrella fixed and stable...ask someone for help or don't put one up. When it's as windy as yesterday, walking/running right by folks camped on their blanket and/or chair as they're showered by your thoughtless close proximity "kicking up sand" footsteps is more annoying than my teeth becoming gritty with sand!  Also, let's talk about shaking your towels and blankets when it's that windy on the beach...well, we all have to deal with that fine white sand covering just about everything that's lying down in front of us...blankets, reading material, towels, beach bags etc. thanks to the wind. Of course, our natural reaction is to just grab that towel or blanket and give it a shake before replacing it back down for a clean, fresh spot to plant ourselves. At least look around first to see who nearby is being covered by the sand you're shaking off! And last but not least, on my walk back to the street yesterday, the beach in Wildwood Crest (near the dunes) was covered by cans and plastic bottles.  I actually filled a plastic grocery bag to the top with all the trash I collected before heaving it in the nearest can.   There is etiquette out there as you consider all those folks trying to enjoy their beach right along with you.  Just be aware of your surroundings.  I'm done ranting.
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 is 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 (they're terrific people).

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tropical Thursday

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and at'em.  Breezes are barely there out of the SW at 5-10mph.  It's thick with humidity...90% and the dewpoint is 76° making it feel nice and tropical...and feeling exactly like Key West (my favorite vacation spot).  It'll feel warm and humid all day as temps go into the low-mid 80s with humidity in the mid-upper 80% and plenty of sun shining down.  It'll feel much like yesterday with some clouds in the mix this afternoon.  Breezes will be out of the S-SW at 12-18mph.  Tonight...more clouds roll in as it'll be mostly cloudy with temps back into the mid-70s, breezes out of the S-SW at 15-20mph and a 35% chance of rain showers late (around 10-11mph) as we may get rain showers throughout the night (40% chance). But, tomorrow looks A-ok as it appears it'll be a repeat of today.  The weekend's still looking 50-50 with Sunday being the better of the two days.  Saturday has a 50% chance of rain and so far it appears "daytime" only as the clouds will begin to roll out in the words of Joe Cocker "When the night comes".
High Tide:12:25p.m.
Low Tide:6:09p.m.
Ocean Temp:76°
Sunset:8:11p.m.
UV Index:10 (very high...don't forget the sunblock along with your water and hat)
Rip Currents: Moderate

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Brand New Month Dawns! Welcome August! Happy Hump Day!

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  Greetings August!  Looks like a fairly decent day to welcome August to the weather menu. We're under some cloud cover as Ms Sun's waiting for her turn.  Everything's wet and dripping with the humid air (humidity's 95% / dewpoint's 76°) as morning sunshine is about to break on through.  There's a light breeze (SW 5-10mph).  It'll be mostly sunny today with a 15-20% chance of a pop-up shower and/or thunderstorm.  Overall, it looks like a decent weather (beach) day but a couple weather reports are forecasting a somewhat cloudy morning with a mix of clouds and sunshine this afternoon.  It'll be warm and humid as temps get into the low 80s with breezes out of the SW at 13-15mph.  Tonight...mostly clear and warm with temps in the mid-70s and breezes out of the S-SW at 16-22mph.  The ocean will have 5-6 foot swells including dangerous rip currents.  You might want to check with the lifeguards before entering the surf.  For now, the weekend's looking 50-50 with Sunday being the better of the 2 days as Saturday's possibly "wet" during the day (not so much at night).
High tide:11:45a.m.
Low tide:5:28p.m.
Ocean temp:76°
Sunset:8:12p.m.
UV Index:10 (very high)
Rip Currents: Red zone (high risk -  potentially dangerous conditions)