Thursday, March 21, 2019

Crapola Thursday

Throwback Thursday
Me on Wildwood beach - circa 1955
Mornin'!  It's 46° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining.  It's breezy... E-SE at 15-20mph.  It's noisy... the breezes howling along with the ocean's roar is loud and clear this early morn (and that's inside the house).  No sunrise today.  There was no full moonrise last evening either due to the cloud cover.  It began raining even before turning in last night. For today... expect a raw and rainy day down the Shore as all forecasts are reporting 100% chance of rain with stiff winds out of the E-SE at 20-30mph +gusting.  Temps will be in the upper 40s.  Tonight... rain likely (70% chance) with temps in the low 40s and SE winds shifting to the W-SW at 20-30mph +gusting.  Doubt if we'll have a moonrise tonight either.  It'll be a crapola day and evening for sure.  We'll probably see tidal flooding due to the rains along with that Super Moon's leftover gravitational pull.  Remember... don't drive through salty, corrosive flood waters!  The weekend's looking like typical March weather with partly sunny skies and very blustery winds making the wind chill (mid-upper 20s) go right through you.
High tide:8:57a.m. and 9:27p.m.
Low tide:3:04p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vernal Equinox - Super Moon

North Wildwood - Hereford Lighthouse Garden
Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear as Ms Sun just rose over the ocean's horizon.  It's quiet and still as there are no breezes to note at the moment.  It's cold and crisp and briny with another frosty morning (there's frost layered on everything).  It's Spring!  Happy Spring!  It'll be a lovely, cold, Spring day with a mix of clouds and sun and breezes out of the E at 9-12mph with temps in the low-mid 40s.  Tonight... clouds roll in (hopefully not before the moonrise later) as temps stay in the low-40s with breezes out of the East at 7-9mph.  Tomorrow... rainy and raw.  The weekend... looks so far so good with breezy sunshine and 40° temps.
So, there are some celebrated things going on today as it's a special day throughout the world.  It's the Spring Equinox which basically means Day and Night are just about the same length.  Thus, "Equinox" means "equal".  Also, the center of the Sun is directly above the earth's equator today. It usually happens this day (or near it 3/19, 3/20, 3/21) of March.  It's the first time since 1981 that the Full Moon and Spring Equinox happen on the same day.  This Full Moon is known as the Super Moon as tonight's moon will appear larger than usual since its proximity to earth is closer than normal.  The moon actually becomes "full" at 9:43p.m. tonight and Spring's officially here at 5:58p.m. tonight.  Let's all celebrate the dark half of the year passing!  Get out and ready those gardens and summon those seeds to be planted as the earth becomes warmer and brighter.
High tide:5:08p.m.
Low tide:2:17p.m.
Ocean temp: 41°

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last Day Of Winter

Mornin'!  It's 34° in Wildwood NJ.  If it were pumpkin season there would be frost on them.  Seems like everything's got frost on it this morning.  It's clear and brisk with the sky brightening and becoming colorful along the horizon as Ms Sun's about to cross over any moment now.  It'll be a pleasant day this last day of Winter... plenty of sunshine, temps in the mid-40s and breezes light out of the E-SE at 4-6mph.  Tonight... clear, temps in the mid-upper 30s with breezes out of the S-SE at 3-5mph.  It's St. Joseph's day today and celebrated all over the world by Christians. Since I'm married to a Joseph, having a son named Joseph, my father-in-law was a Joseph and his father was a Joseph, this date always stands out for me.  Both my hubby and I had great-aunts who were St. Joseph nuns. Unbeknownst to me, my great-aunt (Sister Mary) prayed to St. Joseph during my entire pregnancy beseeching I'd have a healthy baby after losing our firstborn son (Kevin)  to a congenital heart defect. That's when we had our second (healthy) son naming him Joseph adding all of that up after his birth.  It was the perfect name.  March 19th seems to bring it all back to the surface in a good way.  Happy St Joseph's day!  Until December... see you next year Winter!  Life is good!
High tide:7:16a.m. and 7:49p.m.
Low tide:1:27p.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last Monday Of Winter

North Wildwood - Waiting for the Full Moon Rise
Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under overcast skies but at the moment Ms Sun is doing all she can to make a grand entrance through all that cloud cover.  Could make for a lovely sunrise (which was an hour ago).  Breezes are light out of the North at 3-5mph.  There's a 40% chance of light rain or snow showers this morning which could continue through the early part of this afternoon.  All forecasts are reporting mostly cloudy conditions today (a couple posted peeks of sun later today) as temps get into the low 40s.  E-NE winds will check in at 8-10mph this afternoon and switch from the East at 5-8mph tonight.  Tonight's temps... low 30s with mostly clear skies.  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns and so does the slightly higher temps... mid-upper 40s.  Only a couple more days until Spring and the Full Moon!
High Tide:6:56p.m.
Low Tide:12:35p.m.
Ocean Temp:41°

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 17th

Mornin'!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It's early and still dark outside.  It's brisk - 35° with clear, starlit skies and hardly any breezes worth mentioning (North 2-4mph).  It's High Tide too at the moment and there will be another one tonight.  It's going to be a lovely, crisp day with temps in the mid-40s and plenty of sunshine.  Winds will be out of the W-NW at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clear with temps in the upper 30s and winds light and variable again out of the S-SW at 3-5mph. Tomorrow looks like a mostly gray day with rain showers by afternoon along with peeks of the sun by early evening.  Could make for an exquisite sunset.  Today's weather will be perfect for a walk in the sea air and a nice St. Patty's Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and some freshly baked Irish soda bread!
High tide: 5:23p.m.
Low tide:11:41a.m.
Ocean temp:41°

Saturday, March 16, 2019

St. Patty's Weekend!

Mornin'!  It's 47° in Wildwood NJ.  The Blog's a bit late as I slept in today.  After spending a day and partial evening at my daughter's and son-in-law's home in a Philly suburb yesterday we arrived home late last night.  I spent most of my time outdoors with my family and grandkids in their backyard enjoying the sunshine along with warm 74° temps.  I don't think the coast came close to that type of weather yesterday as we left behind windy, cold, misty conditions.  But, I sure enjoyed a beautiful taste of Spring right into dusk last night.  We'll surely be enjoying more sunshine this weekend but with cooler mid-upper 40° temperatures.  Expect a cool day with plentiful sunshine and blustery winds out of the W-NW at 18-24mph.  Tonight... clear with temps in the low-mid 40s and NW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... more sunshine, even cooler temps and less breezy.  Oh, and we could wake to rain on Monday.  Happy St. Patty's Weekend!
High tide:4:52p.m.
Low tide:10:43a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Ides Of March

Mornin'!  It' 50° in Wildwood NJ.  March is showing itself this morning... gray and windy with S-SW winds at 18-22mph.  It'll be a bad hair day this anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar (3/15).  Expect a gray and somewhat rainy day with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and rain showers with plenty of those March winds... S-SW at 20-25mph +gusting.  Temps will rise up a bit... low-mid 50s.  Tonight... 70% chance of rain with S-SW winds at 15-20mph and temps hovering around the 50° mark.  This Irish Weekend will be sunny with temps in the mid-upper 40s and on the breezy side. Not too shabby.
High tide:3:41p.m.
Low tide:9:37a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Clouds Are Assembling

Throwback Thursday - Wildwood Beach 1967
Mom and Grandmom getting their beach day on
Mornin'!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  It's dark.  At the moment we're under partial cloud cover but I could clearly see the stars in the gaps around the cloud formations.  The sky is so black that the clouds almost look white even before dawn arrives.  Unlike yesterday morning there's a breeze and it's coming off the ocean at 8-10mph.  The burst of sea air hits immediately (putting a smile on my face of course as I suck it up for a quite a few minutes).  March has been hitting home runs so far this month ("touch wood" as I still have an untrusting eyebrow up with this very shifty month).  We're almost halfway through (and less than a week from Spring) and so far so good in the weather department.  Today will be no exception.  It won't be as sunny and feel as warm as yesterday. The temps will just about tap 50° again but with more clouds in the mix.  We'll probably see only peeks of sun today.  Winds will be out of the South at 10-15mph.  Tonight... cloudy, 48° with South winds at 14-16mph.  Tomorrow... scattered showers throughout the day and evening with temps sustaining those upper 40s / low 50s.  The weekend's looking sunny and bright with a bit cooler temps... low-mid 40s.  Ms Sun's been feeling really nice as of late and even with those cool temps... that sensation of that next "warm" season coming in seems to come and go more often than not.
High tide:2:33p.m.
Low tide:8:19a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On The Cloudy Side

Mornin'!  It's 31° in Wildwood NJ.  We're starting out the same as yesterday with a black, vivid, intense starry sky.  It's really something to see when the sky is this clear in the pre-dawn.  It's definitely a Winter phenomenon as you never get to witness this in the Summer months. I'm sure today's sunrise will be even more spectacular than that pre-dawn darkness.  No breezes to note.  It's crisp and cold and for some reason... not one-bit challenging standing on the back porch out in the cold taking it all in.  It'll be a bit warmer and cloudier than yesterday.  Expect some sunshine with milky cloud cover today as temps get up into the mid-40s.  Breezes will be out of the S-SE at 11-15mph.  Tonight... temps just about tapping 40° with mostly cloudy skies and Southerly breezes at 7-10mph.  Tomorrow... even cloudier and warmer.  Rain all day and night due in for Friday.
High tide:1:31p.m.
Low tide: 7:03a.m. and 7:01p.m.
Ocean temp: 40°

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Breezy Blue Sky Tuesday

Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  The sky is beautiful as it's bursting with stars in the pitch darkness (it's always darkest before the dawn).  There's a breeze out of the NW at 10-15mph giving me the urge to breathe deeply taking in that salt air brininess.  It's crisp and cold yet feels wonderful even in a robe and slippers.  It would be a great day to bundle up and stand at the dunes waiting for a sunrise photo shoot (which I've done numerous times).  It'll be a sunny, cold winter's day with temps in the low 40s and breezes much stiffer than yesterday out of the NW at 15-20mph.  Tonight... clear with temps in the upper 30s and calmer with N-NW breezes at 4-8mph.  Tomorrow... just about the same as today with lighter breezes.  And, just an fyi... there is a rain system due in on Friday.
High tide:12:36p.m.
Low tide:6:08a.m. and 6:09p.m.
Ocean temp: 40°

Monday, March 11, 2019

Splendid Monday

Mornin'!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and calm with hardly a breeze in the sea air (Northerly breezes at 2-4mph).  It's almost dawn as Ms Sun's checking in today.  At the moment there's a layer of cloud cover along the horizon as she has her work cut of for her while rising this morning.  But, once she rises it should be a mostly sunny day.  It'll be a lovely day with plentiful sunshine and breezes out of W-NW at 10-15mph as temps climb into the low 50s.  Tonight... clear, temps back where they are now (low 40s) and still the W-NW breezes at 15-18mph.  Tomorrow... just about the same but even breezier.  March is doing us very proud this year (touch wood).
High tide:11:49a.m.
Low tide:5:30p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Daylight Savings Time - Sunset's at 7:00 O'clock Tonight!

Mornin'!  It's 45° in Wildwood NJ.  We're officially in "daylight savings time" so if you didn't spring those clocks ahead one hour before turning in, you're an hour late.  It's raining.  It's a nice hard steady rain out there with breezes out of the North at 6-10mph.  It's an absolutely gorgeous day to roll over and listen to the downpour as you drift back to sleep.  It'll be raining all morning as this rain system will begin to drift on out of here by mid-day.  Temps are heading into the 50s (low 50s) with S-SW winds at 10-20mph.  Tonight... cloudy with temps in the low 40s and Westerly breezes at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... Ms Sun shows up once again with temps nearing 50°.  9 more days until Spring!
High tide:11:08a.m.
Low tide:4:59p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A Decent Day

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  It's a quiet dark morning.  No ocean waves sounds crashing from where I'm at as it's cloudy and still with no breezes to note.  We may see areas of patchy fog early followed by cloudy skies.  It should clear as Ms Sun's due in today with partly sunny skies as temps tap 40° with winds out of the E-NE at 5-10mph.  Tonight... clouds take over as rain will be developing after midnight.  Temps will drop just a bit into the mid-upper 30s with winds out of the E-SE at 15-25mph.  Chance of rain tonight... 100% tonight, overnight and right into tomorrow.  Expect early rain tomorrow until at least mid-day.  Temps will be considerably higher tomorrow... low 50s.  When you wake, you should be an hour ahead of today's time as it'll be Daylight Savings.  It'll be still light in the early evening!  Remember to turn those clocks ahead an hour before turning in!  Spring is next up... 11 more days!
High tide:9:33a.m.
Low tide:3:29p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Friday, March 8, 2019

It's Coming!

Rain Showers Are Coming

Mornin'!  It's 30° in Wildwood NJ.  It's mostly clear with Ms Sun rising over the horizon as I type.  There are no breezes to note this morning.  It's crisp outside but actually a stunning Winter's morning with the sea air and the gorgeous sunrise colors filling the senses.  The morning will be mostly sunny but the cloud cover will thicken and by noon have taken over completely bringing along with it the possibility of rain showers.  There's anywhere from 50-80% chance of rain the 2nd half of the day into this evening.  Temps will rise into the upper 30s / low 40s with breezes commencing out of the E-SE at 7-10mph.  Tonight... rains will probably end before midnight as temps stay in the upper 30s with breezes out of the S-SE at 3-6mph.  The weekend's still looking 50-50 with tomorrow being mostly cloudy with peeks of Ms sun off and on and Sunday being rainy in the morning / cloudy in the afternoon with temps actually tapping 50°.  We're springing forward on the clocks this weekend don't forget!
High tide:8:59a.m.
Low tide:2:57p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Partly Sunny / Partly Cloudy

Throwback Thursday - Circa 1965
Uncle Sonny, Aunt Joan and Cousin John on Wildwood Beach
Uncle Sonny passed away this week - RIP 
Mornin'!  It's 22° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and starlit.  There's no moon in the clearly lit sky along with no breezes to note.  It's very still and quiet and even though it's cold, it doesn't have that mean bite in the air.  It'll become a bit blustery later this morning after Ms Sun rises.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the mid-upper 30s (it'll feel like upper 20s) with breezes out of the West at 15-20mph and switching to the W-NW by late this afternoon.  Tonight... mostly cloudy, with temps barely tapping 30° and winds out of the NW at 8-11mph.  Tomorrow... pretty much "crapola" as it'll be cloudy with showers beginning late morning / early afternoon with temps in the upper 30s.  The weekend's looking "eh" with Saturday being the sunny day while Sunday's looking mostly wet and blustery with rain showers.  Just a reminder... turning the clocks ahead this weekend.
High tide:8:24a.m. and 8:43p.m.
Low tide:2:24p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Wildwood - New Jersey Avenue
Mornin'!  It's 24° in Wildwood NJ.  It's dark with partial cloud cover and stiff breezes out of the W-NW at 15-20mph giving us a biting windchill of 11°.  No moon to speak of as it's a New Moon today.  It'll be a mostly partly sunny day with blustery winds out of the W-NW at 20-24mph and temps in the upper 20s.  That ol' windchill will feel like it's in the mid-teens.  Tonight... clear, NW winds at 20-25mph with temps in the upper 20s (windchill... mid-teens).  Tomorrow... less windy with temps back in the 30s.  Remember the tides will be higher than normal today from the New Moon. It's the first day of Lent and two weeks until the first day of Spring.  It'll also be the beginning of Daylight Savings this weekend as we Spring forward an hour and completely mess up our babies and pets timeclocks.
High tide:7:49a.m. and 8:10p.m.
Low tide1:49p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Happy Mardi Gras!

New Orleans - Mardi Gras 2018
Mornin'!  It's 26° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and starlit with barely a breeze (NW 3-6mph).  No moon as tomorrow's the New Moon meaning the moon is almost invisible (it's when the moon is between the earth and the sun catching the sun's light on the side of the moon facing away from the earth).  New or Full... this time period of the month is when the tides are extremely high and low due to the moon's pull.  Anyway... Happy Mardi Gras!  It's Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday and Fastnacht Tuesday and the last day of Carnival Season (which began on January 6th).  Lent begins tomorrow however way you look at it.  It'll be a lovely winter's day here along the Coast this Fat Tuesday.  Expect plenty of Sunshine with temps in the mid-30s with breezes out of the W-NW at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clear, northerly breezes at 7-15mph and temps in the upper 20s / low 30s.  Tomorrow... more of the same but a bit blustery.
High tide:7:12a.m. and 7:34p.m.
Low tide:1:11p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sunny Monday Dry Out

Mornin'!  It's 36° in Wildwood NJ.  No precipitation at the moment with light NW breezes at 6-8mph.  No snow.  No icy mix.  Just rain coming down last evening and very early morning.  The rains have stopped as the thick rain system hit the road awhile ago as the island's begun the dry out.  No flooding (although my backyard is one big puddle from all the heavy downpours).  It'll be a sunny day with temps in the upper 30s and NW winds ramping up at 15-25mph.  Windchill is back as it'll feel like 30° out there today.  Tonight... clear and cold with temps in the low 20s and very blustery NW winds at 15-25mph bringing on more of the biting wind chill.  Tomorrow looks like another sunny day with 10° colder temps and more (you guessed it) windchill.  Missed the "snow" bullet again but March's biting blustery winds and windchills will be making their presence known throughout this entire upcoming week.  Don't put the scarf and gloves away yet!
High tide:6:33a.m. and 6:56p.m.
Low tide:12:31p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Gray and Wet

Mornin'!  It's 37° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under partial cloud cover with no breezes to note. It's very calm and quiet except for the sound of the surf in the far off distance.  My bets are on Ms Sun displaying her Sunday colors this morning as this cloud cover makes way for her; at least temporarily as another gray day with rain is on the way. Temps are moving up only a couple degrees to around 39-40° with breezes out of the E-NE at 7-11mph.  There's a wet afternoon up ahead as rain showers are due in after Noon.  By late afternoon into the evening... more rain with E-NE breezes at 10-15mph.  Tonight... rain and/or a wintry mix with temps in the mid-upper 30s and breezes still out of the E-NE at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... rain and/or a wintry mix to start as it'll become a sunny day by late morning / early afternoon.  We could see some effects of the New Moon this coming Wednesday with minor flooding as the tides are noticeably higher than normal.  You just may want to keep an ear open for flood sirens in case you have to move your vehicle to higher ground.
High tide:5:49a.m. and 6:15p.m.
Low tide:11:50a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Grayness Abounds

Mornin'!  It's 37° in Wildwood NJ.  We're totally saturated from the rain yesterday and last night.  That wet weather system is finally out to sea but in its trail is grayness and cloudiness.  There's not a dry spot to be had.  In fact, it's a bit of a misty morning.  Breezes are light out of the N-NW at 3-5mph.  It'll be a mostly gray day with temps tapping 40° with breezes out of the W-NW at 8-10mph.  There's no rain in today's forecast.  In fact, we might see the sun barely peeking through off and on today. Tonight... partly cloudy, temps in the upper 30s and breezes out of the W-NW switching to the W-SW all at 4-8mph.  Tomorrow... it starts out as a dry day with peeks of sun and by early afternoon the clouds and rains come again.  Expect rain and/or a wintry mix from around 3p.m. until dawn Monday when Ms Sun begins to shine again in the late afternoon.
High Tide:5:28p.m.
Low Tide:11:05a.m.
Ocean Temp:40°

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Gets Crackin' On A Wet Note

Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  It's snowing at a good clip.  It's got little ice pellets in the mix too as I can hear it hitting my obscured (by snow) skylight.   It's wet and heavy and is laying on everything it hits.  It's a beautiful seashore wonderland out there!  Breezes are out of the N-NE at 3-5mph.  The beauty will cease to exist by afternoon as this possible 1-3" is turning to rain by mid-day.  Temps are expected to rise a bit to 39° with NE breezes ramping up at 15-25mph winds.  Why not?  It's March after all!  It's hard to welcome March... not my Fav (it's my least favorite of all the months of the year).  Tonight... cloudy with periods of rain, temps in the low mid-30s and of course the NE winds at 15-25mph that are staying checked in.  Rainfall near a half an inch.  Tomorrow will begin with rain, be a mostly cloudy Saturday as clear skies develop in the evening.  Sunday... a cloudy day with light snow showers and rain in the late afternoon / early evening.
High Tide:4:34p.m.
Low Tide:10:18a.m.
Ocean Temp: 40°

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hasta La Vista February You Were Pretty Kind To Us This Year!

Mornin'!  It's 37° in Wildwood NJ. We're under some cloud cover with not much in the line of breezes (N-NE at 2-4mph).  Ms Sun's just about over the horizon creating some spectacular colors in the sky.  It's fragrant with briny salt air hitting the olfactory senses when walking out the door.  It's quiet with the distant sound of the waves crashing as the clouds insulate the island.  It'll be a mostly sunny day this last day of February as these morning clouds drift on outta here.  Temps will be in the low 40s with N-NE breezes at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clouds drift back over us as temps head back into the low 30s with E-NE breezes at 8-10mph.  Tomorrow looks like a "wet" day welcoming March into the fold.  Oh... I just can't wait for March to get here (and get out of here).  Expect rain/snow showers the first half of the day (temps will hover around the low-mid 30s) which will turn to rain the latter part of the day (temps in the upper 30s/low 40s).  The weekend's still looking partially wet with on and off rain showers yet Ms Sun could be peeking through as well.  My guess is that it'll feel cold and raw one way or another.  March would never let us down!
High tide:3:33p.m.
Low tide:9:25a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sunny Start - Gray Finish

Mornin'!  It's 31° in Wildwood NJ.  Happy 1st Birthday to our dear little Lana.  We're under clear, starlit and moonlit skies.  Breezes are light out of the N-NE at 4-6mph.  It's a lovely, briny, crisp morn down the shore.  Ms Sun's due up over the horizon in about half an hour from now.  It'll be a sunny start to the day with clouds filtering in.  By mid-day, it'll be a partly cloudy day and by later this afternoon... mostly cloudy.  Temps will be tapping 40° with breezes out of the E-NE then Easterly all at 9-12mph.  Tonight... clouds clear out a bit as it'll be partly cloudy with temps in the mid-upper 30s and Easterly breezes at 6-10mph.  Tomorrow... sunny with temps in that low-40 range.  The weekend's looking gray and damp with the possibility of showers.
High tide:2:32p.m.
Low tide:8:24a.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Nice Winter's Day

Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  The winds have checked out!  Whew... what a sneak preview of March we just had!  No wind damage or power lost thankfully.  Only a few more days until the worst month of them all is upon us!  If you didn't know... March is my least favorite month of them all.  Reason being is that one of the biggest surprises I had when I moved to the shore was that March is 180° different than March in Philadelphia.  In Philly, March brings the beginning of warmer temps, birds chirping, bulbs, buds, and trees blooming with the fragrance of flowers and fresh grass in the air.  In Wildwood, March brings damp and raw wicked, biting, relentless, unforgiving winds.  The kind of winds that you literally scream at.  Plus, those March temperatures rarely give you that warm, spring-like feel.  Hey, but once March is gone, happiness abounds.  Especially this year as a Key West vacation is planned for the beginning of April for me and hubby.  This year March will not get me down.  No complaints here... life is good!
As for today's weather... expect a nice Winter's day as  Ms Sun's up and shining brightly as we just had a spectacular, colorful sunrise.  Minimal breezes to note (N-NW at 2-4mph).  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the low-40s with winds out of the W-NW at 10-15mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy, temps in the mid-30s and breezes out of the N-NE at 6-8mph.  Tomorrow... just about the same with more clouds in the mix.
High tide:1:35p.m.
Low tide:7:18a.m. and 7:32p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Monday, February 25, 2019

High Wind Warning Posted Today

Sunset Beach - Cape May NJ
Mornin'!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  Windchill is 26° with W-NW winds at 25-35mph +gusting (as high as 50mph).  We're waking to quite a blustery morning as the winds are wailing through the streets kicking up quite a fuss.  So far so good... no damage to report.  It is trash day though as that could prove quite interesting.  There's an official "high wind" warning posted until tonight... which basically means these winds could very well cause damage to power lines, trees and tree limbs as it's all very vulnerable with the recent saturation of the ground this weekend.
It is a clear morning as Ms Sun's about to cross the horizon.  It'll be a blue-sky sunny day with extremely gusty winds (Westerly at 30-40mph +gusting).  Temps aren't getting any higher than what they're now with that windchill staying checked in (it'll feel like 30°).  Tonight... 35°, clear with W-NW winds overstaying their welcome at 25-35mph +gusting creating that wind chill.   Tomorrow... not as windy, more cloud cover in the mix and temps around where they are today.
High tide:12:40p.m.
Low tide:6:13a.m. and 6:31p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rainy Start - Dry Finish

Mornin'!  It's 44° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining at a very good clip with very light breezes out of the NE at 1-3mph.  This current rain will continue throughout the morning. We may even hear some thunder along with it.  Winds will slowly commence along with the rain surrendering early this afternoon.  Blustery, gale force winds will begin out of the S-SW at 15-25mph later this late afternoon / early evening and by tonight be out of the West at 25-35mph with even higher gusts.  It'll remain mostly cloudy (perhaps with some fog and even a peek or two of Ms Sun) after the rains around mid-day today with temps in the mid-50s. Tonight... "high wind" and "gale" warnings posted as it'll be extremely windy, mostly clear with temps in the low 30s feeling the bite with those winds. Tomorrow... clear and very windy (W-NW 25-35mph +gusting up to 50mph) with temps in the low 40s.
High tide:11:46a.m.
Low tide:5:16a.m. and 5:36p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Saturday, February 23, 2019

North Wildwood's Fallen Hero Plunge At 11 o'clock This Morning!

Mornin'!  It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  It's cloudy, dry and still with breezes out of the E-NE at 2-4mph.  The rains are coming today (later) but for now it's just damp outside with a decent morning on tap.  Ms Sun will be peeking throughout the morning but expect considerable cloudiness as occasional rain showers begin around 3-4 o'clock this afternoon.  Temps will be in the low 40s with E-NE winds at 10-15mph.  Chance of rain is 70%.  Tonight...100% chance of rain with temps in the upper 30s and Easterly winds at 10-20mph.  Rainfall near a half an inch.  Tomorrow... expect rain until early evening with temps in the upper 40s / low 50s as Ms Sun may start peeking through around dinner time.  Monday... it'll be sunny and very blustery (A Windchill is back)!  Good luck today Plungers... it'll be a chilly one for sure but no rain until after you change into dry clothes!  Oh... the "high" tide is when you all will be hitting the drink so expect a smaller than normal beach!
High tide:10:51a.m.
Low tide:4:47p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cloudy Friday

Mornin'!  It's 43° in Wildwood NJ.  It's the high for today by the way.  We're currently under cloud cover with that delicious briny sea air greeting you as you step outside.  You can hear the roar of the ocean 6+ blocks away thanks to those thick clouds.  Not much in the line of breezes... N-NW at 1-3mph.  It'll be cloudy all day today with temps where they are now and breezes out of the N-NW at 5-10mph.  Tonight... cloudy with temps down in the upper 30s and NE breezes at 1-3mph.  Tomorrow... cloudy with rain due in by the early afternoon with the same temps as today's high... 43° and E-NE breezes at 6-9mph.  Furnance is fixed!
High tide:9:58a.m.
Low tide:4:01p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fairly Decent Thursday - 27 Days Until Spring

Throwback Thursday - circa 1955
Mom and Dad and Me on Wildwood beach
Mornin'!  It's 37° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under thick cloud cover.  Very light breezes hardly noticeable are wifting (wafting) over the island from the N-NW at 4-6mph. Everything seems to be dry although it feels damp outside.  No snow.  No rain puddles.  All the uproar and "run for bread and milk" panic was for nothing.  We had a light wet mix of snow (only landing on grassy surfaces) which was followed by rain and totally washed everything away yesterday without any flooding.  Another big hype for "just in case".  Today we're mostly in the clear but Ms Sun's not making her grand entrance until this afternoon.  The clouds are kind of sticking around today making it a partly sunny / partly cloudy day.  The good news is that it'll be mild as we just might tap 50°!  Breezes will be out of the W-NW at 10-15.  Tonight... Partly cloudy with temps in the low-40s and W-NW breezes still checked in at 8-10mph.  One forecast did mention the possibility of fog today and tonight... just an fyi.  Oh, and the Saturday forecast with a high of 41° still has rain but now it's not supposed to begin around 1-2p.m. not
until after the Plunge at 11a.m. (not that the Plungers care as they're getting wet one way or another).
High tide:9:06a.m.
Low tide:3:16p.m.
Ocean temp:40°

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter Storm Petra Has Its Sights On Us

Mornin'!  It's 34° in Wildwood NJ.  It's 59° in my living room (the furnace guy is due in tomorrow for the repair).  I just fired up the ol' gas fireplace which is warming us nicely.  It's cloudy with a funky looking sky and very light breezes out of the E-NE at 2-4mph.  With all that insulation in the atmosphere above, the roar of the ocean is loud and clear not to mention there's plenty of dampness in the air.  Winter storm Petra is headed right for us and you can feel it.  Expect a wet one today with winter precipitation in the form of snow and/or a wintry mix or just rain.  It should start sometime this morning and end tomorrow morning.  Nothing's coming down yet, but the TV weather guy is saying it's snowing in Baltimore and Washington DC as I type.  We could see 1-3" today as the white stuff will probably wash away with the rains coming later this afternoon into this evening.  Today's temps... upper 30s with Eastery winds at 15-25mph.  Tonight... rain with temps still in the upper 30s and E-SE winds shifting from the W-SW all at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns in the afternoon with a high of 51°!  We have another Plunge this weekend... North Wildwood's Fallen Hero Polar Plunge is Saturday at 11a.m. at 16th and the Beach.  And, it looks like it'll be raining lightly with temps in the low 40s... just an fyi.  As for today... the Full Moon was yesterday and so keep an ear out for flood sirens with this Storm heading our way.  We'll inevitably have higher than usual tides and with this rainfall coming from Petra and you might want to keep a careful ear and eye on any flood sirens or flood waters that could potentially fill the streets today.  Play it smart and put the vehicle on higher ground. 
High tides: 8:15a.m. and 8:49p.m.
Low tide:2:29p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Full Moon

Mornin'!  It's 28° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny (Ms Sun rose over the horizon about a half hour ago).  Breezes are very light out of the N-NW at 3-6mph.  It's cold outside and not a great time to have your house furnace crap out.  We're told, "You need a part" which has been ordered.  But, it was chilly 59° in the house when I climbed out of bed this morning.  I guess it could have been much worse with it being in the 20s outside.  Thank goodness for our little gas fireplace that warms things nicely when called on.  It'll be a sunny, brisk day today with temps in the upper 30s and breezes out of the NW at 13-17mph (windchill of 30°).  Tonight... cloudy, low-30s, Northerly breezes at 2-5mph.  Tomorrow... Snow mixed with rain as we could see some accumulation depending on the temperature (1-3" is possible).  One way or another it'll be wet tomorrow beginning in the morning right into Thursday morning.  It is the Full Moon today and the tides are affected... much higher than normal tides and that goes for tomorrow too as tidal flooding is always in the mix on rainy-full moon days.
High tides: 7:25a.m. and 7:58p.m.
Low tides: 1:41p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Monday, February 18, 2019

Presidents Day

Mornin'!  Happy Presidents Day!  It's raining with winds out of the W-NW at 8-10mph.  It's a perfect day off if you're so lucky to have today as a holiday.   Pulling the blanket up and rolling over for some extra sleep is nice on a morning like this.  It was always a holiday for me before retirement as I now have a holiday every day of the week... a true blessing.  I'll never stop appreciating it that's for sure.  So here's today's weather... I'm happy to report that it won't be a washout.  Once these morning rains pass on through, it'll be a partly cloudy / partly sunny day with temps in the upper 40s.  We'll probably see Ms Sun peek through by mid-day.  It will become blustery with W-NW winds ramping up at 20-30mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy with temps much colder (mid-30s) and winds out of the NW at 15-20mph making a windchill of 24°.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny with temps in the mid-30s.  Speaking of tomorrow... Full Moon so the tides will be affected and be much higher and lower than normal.   And, the marshes and wetlands have a high tide one hour later than the ocean's high tide.
High tide:6:33a.m. and 7:07p.m.
Low tide:12:50p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Sunday, February 17, 2019

50/50 Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 31° in Wildwood NJ.  It's bright and sunny with light breezes out of the North at 2-5mph.  It's crisp and wintry but somehow feels really nice.  I think that Ms Sun is definitely the reason and she intends to stick around and shine until at least mid-day.  It'll be a sunny morning and a mostly cloudy afternoon.  Temps will be in the upper 30s with breezes out of the E-NE at 8-10mph.  By tonight... clouds begin to release the rain as it'll be a 98% chance of a wet evening with rain showers.  Temps remain in the upper 30s with E-SE breezes at 6-8mph.  We start the week with a rainy Monday morning.  And, thankfully no snowy or icy mix as the temps will be in the low 40s tomorrow.
High tide:6:15p.m.
Low tide:11:58a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Saturday, February 16, 2019

President's Weekend

Mornin'!  It's 41° in Wildwood NJ.  It's gray and cloudy with light breezes out of the N-NW at 5-7mph.  It'll be a mostly cloudy (peeks of sun) first half of the day with temps staying just about where they are now... low 40s and breezes ramping up a bit coming from the same direction they are now... N-NW at 8-10mph.  This afternoon into this evening as the temps drop the skies will clear out of any leftover clouds and become starlit and moonlit.  Temps will drop somewhat in the mid-30s with Northerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... basically more clouds than sun with temps in the mid-upper 30s. When driving back onto the island last evening, the traffic around me gave me pause as I wondered what the heck is going on.  Then I realized that this weekend is considered a holiday weekend (President's Weekend / Valentine's Weekend).  A little bit of a visitor invasion the first time this year as the out-of-towners (mostly Philadelphia and New York license plates) are stopping by for the long holiday weekend.  It's historically the time of year for anyone considering a vacation here this summer to connect with our local realtors and rental agents and reserve their favorite summer vacation rentals.  It's once again time to share the island...  Enjoy!  Oh... and those Sea Isle City plungers... have fun and play it safe as you run into that 38° ocean today!
High tide:5:17p.m.
Low tide:11:03a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Friday, February 15, 2019

Gray Day - TGIF

Mornin'!  It's 43° in Wildwood NJ.  It's gray with heavy cloud cover.  It's breezy with winds out of the S-SW at 15-20mph making it feel like 36°.  It'll be mostly gray and overcast today with small chances of Ms Sun occasionally peeking through.  That chance diminishes by later this afternoon though.   Winds will be out of the S-SW at 18-20mph as temps tap 50° (it'll feel more like 45°).  Tonight... cloudy with temps in the mid-40s and W-SW winds at 7-11mph.  Tomorrow... the Sea Isle Plunge (21 miles and 3 coastal towns north of us) and it looks like it'll be around 39° (windchill of 33°) still with the possibility of snow showers/flurries at plunge time.  As for Sunday... the start of the day will have a mix of clouds and sun with showers heading our way by early evening.  Oh... I nearly forgot to mention that Sam's Pizza opens today!
High tide:4:11p.m.
Low tide:10:06a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Hubby and Me (The best partner anyone could ask for)
A "throwback thursday" from one of our 1st trips to Key West
Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  It's sunny and bright with light breezes out of the NW at 4-7mph.  It'll be the nicest day this week with plenty of sunshine today.  Temps will be in the mid-40s and breezes will be out of the W-NW at the start of the day and shift from the South by mid-day all at 10-15mph.  Tonight... clouds roll in as temps go where they are now... 39° with Southerly winds at 10-20mph.  Happy Valentine's Day!  Share a little love today!  Oh as for this coming weekend... still looks like a wet Saturday (snowy-mix) and a sunny Sunday.
High tide:3:01p.m.
Low tide:9:03a.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blustery Hump Day

Mornin'!  It's 39° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's back!  She just rose through some leftover clouds on the horizon making for a lovely sunrise this morning.  Breezes are out of the N-NW at 8-10mph.  It'll be a blustery winter's day with plenty of sunshine (some clouds in the mix).  Temps will be in the mid-40s but the wind chill will make it feel like the mid-30s.  Winds will ramp up later this morning out of the West at 15-25mph.  Tonight... mostly clear, temps in the mid-30s and winds out of the W-NW at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow looks sunny and not as blustery with temps in the upper 30s / low 40s.  As for this coming weekend... cloudy and cold.  We could see snow showers on Saturday and rain later on Sunday.
High tide:1:53p.m.
Low tide:7:51a.m. and 7:49p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Raw and Nasty Today

Mornin'! It's 38° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining at a good clip.  It's windy with winds off the ocean (easterly) at 25-35mph +gusting.  It's a miserable as you can get.  It'll be like this all day into tonight too.  Expect rain and winds (E-NE) at 20-30mph +gusting today with temps in the mid-40s.  Tonight... more rain with temps where they are now (38°) and SW winds at 15-25mph.  One good thing about today is a fresh pot of homemade soup.  On this rainy Tuesday menu... plain ol' (delicious) chicken noodle soup.  Another good thing about today... today's weather system over us is only rain (Philly's getting a wintry/icy mix by the way), unlike the snowstorm that crippled us this week 9 years ago.  We were buried in snow and ice and without power for 6 days.  I'll take this raw and nasty day anyday!
High tide:12:54p.m.
Low tide:6:37p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Monday, February 11, 2019

Wet Monday

Mornin'!  It's 33° in Wildwood NJ.  We had a mix of snow and freezing rain overnight and it seems to be raining and snowing at the same time at the moment.  There's a thin layer of slushy snow on areas outside but for the most part, it seems we came out pretty much unscathed.  The streets and sidewalks appear to be just wet and not icy.  No breezes to note but we're still in the midst of snow/freezing rain showers.  It appears this is our weather for today as all forecasts are pointing to a cold, wet day.  Expect a 90% chance of rain/snow mix (just rain by this afternoon) with temps in the mid-30s and winds out of the NE at 10-15mph.  Tonight... rain with temps in the mid-30s and a windchill as there will be blustery winds out of the E-NE at 20-30mph.  Tomorrow... rain with temps in the mid-40s and those blustery winds out of the East at 20-30mph.
High tide:12:02p.m.
Low tide:5:42p.m.
Ocean temp: 38°

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunny Sunday Morning / Cloudy Sunday Afternoon

Mornin'!  It's 23° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got clear skies with Ms Sun up and at'em and no breezes to note.  No windchill either.  It's a bit frosty outside as everything's got a thin layer of frost from the overnight freezing temps.  It'll be sunny the first half of the day as temps get up into the mid-upper 30s with W-SW breezes at 4-6mph.  By later this afternoon... thick cloud cover takes over the skies preparing things for tonight's overnight wet, freezing mix of rain and sleet.  Tonight... upper 20s / low 30s with 90% chance of freezing rain and S-SW winds at 8-10mph.  There's a pretty good chance we'll wake to freezing rain in the morning and who knows if we'll have to deal with an ice-covered island or not.  Temps will get into the upper 30s tomorrow as any icy sleet will turn to rain eventually.  Could be very tricky late tonight and tomorrow morning... just be careful out there!
High tide:11:17a.m.
Low tide:5:03p.m.
Ocean temp:38°

Saturday, February 9, 2019

34° and Sunny Down The Shore

Mornin'!  It's 28° in Wildwood NJ.  That's winter chill is back! It's still blustery with winds out of the W-NW at 15-20mph +gusting and feels like 17°.  It's mostly clear as Ms Sun just rose and is shining through some leftover milky clouds.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the low 30s with a windchill of low 20s as these winds aren't checking out until tonight.  Expect NW winds today at 15-25 +gusting.  Tonight... clear with temps in the upper 20s (low 20s windchill) and N-NW breezes at 7-10mph.  Tomorrow... partly sunny / partly cloudy with cold temps and less windy.  Expect precipitation late tomorrow night in the form of icy freezing rain. Monday... rain and wind as temps climb into the mid-upper 40s.  I doubt if we'll see the white stuff if the temps stay in the 40s.  I'm keeping a close watch.
High Tide: 10:37a.m.
Low Tide: 4:31p.m.
Ocean Temp: 39°
Sunset: 5:31p.m.

Friday, February 8, 2019

TGIF - A Blustery One

Mornin'!  It's 43° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under partially cloudy skies with breezes out of the S-SW at 5-7mph.  It seems that most of the cloud cover has accumulated along the horizon which will probably make for a lovely sunrise or we may miss it completely.  It'll be a partly cloudy day with gusty winds beginning a bit later this morning... W-NW at 20-25mph.  High wind gusts are possible too.  Temps may tap the 50s so we'll most likely have a nice windchill (mid-40s).  Tonight... mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Temps will drop and be much colder in the mid-20s with those nasty NW winds at 20-30mph.  The weekend's looking eh... with partly cloudy skies and a high of 33° and still blustery as Sunday's looking about the same but with fewer winds.  I might as well mention Monday... rain, snow showers not to mention freezing surfaces.
High tide:10:01a.m.
Low tide:4:00p.m.
Ocean temp:39°

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Gray Day On Tap

Mornin'!  It's 44° in Wildwood NJ.  We're in the soup again as it's foggy with very light breezes out of the North at 2-3mph.  Everything's wet and drippy outside this morning.  Expect patchy drizzles and the possibility of light showers as it'll be mostly cloudy, misty and damp today with temps in the mid-40s and North winds at 5-10mph.  This afternoon the breezes will shift from the East as there's a 40% chance of rain.  Tonight... mostly cloudy with temps where they are now and East winds at 9-15mph becoming SW after midnight.  Tomorrow... looks like a wet start as Ms Sun tries to check back in.  The weekend's looking sunny and colder with temps in the 30s.
Hight tide:9:25a.m.
Low tide:3:28p.m.
Ocean temp:39°

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

50-50 Humpday

Mornin'!  It's 42° in Wildwood NJ.  It's amazing outside as Winter continues to release its grasp of us.  Yesterday we hit a high of 64° with warm sunshine!  That's no typo.  It was just an incredible shift of weather as Spring snuck in for a day and was so welcomed after last week's Polar Vortex.  It looks like we won't see the 60° temps repeat today but the mid-40s isn't too shabby in the middle of winter.  Today will have a sunny start with clouds filtering in by mid-day making it a partly cloudy until late afternoon when it'll be mostly cloudy.  Then, by dinner time, we'll begin to see moisture with rain showers (100% chance).  Temps will be around where they are now... the mid-40s with breezes throughout the day and evening at 9-12mph beginning in the morning out of the E-NE then ending with E-SE in the evening.  Tomorrow looks like it'll start out with those leftover/overnight rain showers as it turns into a mostly cloudy day.  Temps will hold their course in the mid-40s!  As for this upcoming weekend... mostly sunny with temps in the 30s with those stupid windchills expected back in the forecast as windy conditions are on tap. 
High tide:8:50a.m.
Low tide:2:33p.m.
Ocean temp:39°

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Taste of Spring

Mornin'!  It's 35° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under starlit skies with some very light hazy fog lying over the island.  No breezes to note.  That light fog is allowing the sounds of the ocean's waves crashing the shore immediately identifiable when stepping outside, and that's 6+ blocks away.  The morning fog/haze will dissipate as we're going to have a sneak peek of Spring today with partly sunny / partly cloudy skies and temps in the upper 40s and even tapping 50°!  Breezes will be Westerly at 5-10mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy with temps in the upper 30s / low 40s and breezes out of the N-NW at 4-8mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same but a tad cooler.
High tide:8:14a.m.
Low tide:2:19p.m.
Ocean temp:39°

Monday, February 4, 2019

New Moon Monday

Mornin'!  It's 32° in Wildwood NJ.  It's intense fog out there with no breezes to note.  We're still in some "snow-covered" mode although most has melted in the last couple days.   It'll be mild today as temperatures go... high of 45° with hardly any breezes (E-NE at 3-6mph) and mostly cloudy with fog and peeks of sun.  Expect the rest of the meltdown.  Tonight... mostly cloudy, fog late tonight with temps in the upper 30s and breezes light and variable.  Tomorrow... sunny and high near 52°.  It's the New Moon today and you know what that means... higher than normal tides.
High tide:7:36a.m.
Low tide:1:41p.m.
Ocean temp:39°

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Pleasant Super Bowl Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 25° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under clear, starlit skies with no breezes to note.  There's still plenty of snow encasing the island.  We did have a nice meltdown yesterday though with the help of  Ms Sun's rays and higher than normal temperatures steeping the white stuff away.  I'm sure it'll repeat today with temps in the mid-40s.  Expect a not-as-sunny day as yesterday beginning with foggy conditions.  We'll have more clouds in the mix than yesterday and breezes light and variable out of the SW as there will be no wind chill today.  Tonight... partly cloudy with the possibility of more fog, temps in the upper 30s and SE breezes at 2-4mph.  Tomorrow... just as mild with temps in the mid-40s and mostly sunny conditions.  Let the meltdown continue!  Oh... tomorrow's the New Moon (no moon in sight) but the effects are the same as a Full Moon... be aware of the higher than normal tides.  And, the back of the island... the marshes (wetlands) are always an hour later than the ocean's high tide.  Just an FYI.  Go Rams (should have been the Saints)!
High tide:6:57a.m. and 7:20p.m.
Low tide:1:01p.m.
Ocean temp:39°