Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Chances Are A Stormy Day Ahead

Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  I got an early start today and thought about checking out the sunrise (6:10am) this morning at the beach (6+ blocks away) but it's mostly cloudy at the moment and Ms Sun may very well be obscured for her grand entrance.  It's breezy... S-SW at 12-18mph with 85% humidity and 69° dewpoint.  After some morning sunshine, we're headed for a cloudy, windy and possibly wet day with rain and/or thunderstorms.  Expect scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms later this morning and strong thunderstorms this afternoon (80% chance).  Some storms hitting the east coast could be severe and contain damaging winds (S-SW at 15-25mph +gusting).  Also, keep in mind that the Full Moon is Thursday this week and the tides are already significantly higher and lower which will contribute to some tidal flooding in low lying areas on the island if we get heavy rainfall.  Be aware of low lying flood-prone areas on the island.  Park your vehicle sensibly and never drive through floodwaters.  Also, the back bay (marsh areas) have high tides which are 1 hour later than the ocean's high tide.  Today's temps will be in the low 80s.   Tonight... still mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely (80% chance).  Temps will drop down to where they are now (low-70s) with W-SW winds at 10-20mph.  Chances are we'll probably wake to rain tomorrow with those thunderstorms still checked in but for the most part, it'll clear out and be a partly sunny, warm afternoon.  Thursday looks like a mix of clouds and sun with the slight possibility of a stray shower or thunderstorm passing through.  Friday's looking like a perfect beach day.
High tide: 7:19AM and 7:37PM
Low tide: 1:02PM
Ocean temp: 73°
Sunrise: 6:10AM
Sunset: 7:59PM
UV Index: 5
Rip Currents: Moderate (rough ocean today... don't swim alone or at night)

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