Thursday, August 13, 2020

Foggy Start - Gray Day

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 99% with a Dewpoint of 75°.  We're sitting under some very thick fog at the moment.  The humidity is extremely heavy outside.  Not much in breezes to note E-SE at 1-3mph.  I doubt if this fog will burn off like the Tuesday's as there's not much in the line of sun expected today.  We're supposed to remain mostly cloudy this morning.  By this afternoon, we're likely to have developing scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms (40% chance) with E-SE winds at 5-10mph.  Tonight... more widespread rain developing (80% chance) with temps in the low-70s and E-NE winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms with a high of 78°.  At this time, the weekend's still looking "eh" with Saturday being the drier (30% chance of showers) of the two days but blustery (NE 20-30mph).  Sunday's looking mostly cloudy with 60% chance of showers.
High Tide: 3:32PM
Low Tide: 9:21AM
Ocean Temp: 75°
Sunrise: 6:12AM
Sunset: 7:56PM
UV Index: 7
Rip Currents: Low Risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 187,777
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,885
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 848
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 88

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Partly Sunny / Partly Cloudy

Mornin'!  It's 75° in Wildwood NJ.  We've got humidity at 95% with dewpoint of 75°.  Ms Sun's shining.  Breezes are light out of the S-SW at 5-7mph.  We're going to have sunshine this morning before the clouds roll in as we're going to have considerable cloudiness beginning this afternoon.  Temps will be in the low-mid 80s with Southerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tonight... mostly cloudy with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible (20% chance), temps where they are now... mid-70s and Southerly breezes at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... variable cloud cover with 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms along with occasional rain showers.  At this time, the weekend's looking "eh" with mostly cloudy and rainy conditions.  Keep checking back on that one if you're making weekend plans for the Shore.
High tide: 2:40PM
Low tide: 8:19AM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunrise: 6:11AM
Sunset: 7:58PM
UV Index: 8-9 (high)
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 187,328
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,890
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 845
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Perseids Meteor Shower Tonight

Webcam Shot - North Wildwood - 5th Avenue Bay Shot
Mornin'!  It's 74° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 99% with a dewpoint of 74°.  It's foggy as hell at the moment and we're saturated and dripping wet.  No watering the garden needed this morning!  Ms Sun's been up for an hour and she's got her work cut out for her as she tries to burn through this soup.  Expect clouds and fog early followed by some clearing and even a possibility of a stray shower or thunderstorm today (20% chance mostly this afternoon).  Sunshine will be coming through by late morning but it'll be partly sunny / partly cloudy today.  Temps will be in the low-80s with Southerly breezes at 10-15mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy, mid-70s and S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... basically same as today.  Tonight and tomorrow... if a clear night sky permits, there will be a Perseids meteor shower. 
High tide: 1:54PM
Low tide: 7:23AM and 8:27PM
Ocean temp: 76°
Sunrise: 6:10AM
Sunset: 7:59PM
UV Index: 8-9
Rip Current: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,884
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,878
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 839
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Monday, August 10, 2020

Summery, Sunny, Monday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 92% with a Dewpoint of 72°.  Ms Sun just rose and is trying her best to break on through the hazy clouds right along the horizon line.  Winds are barely there out of the SW at 3-5mph.  Expect a pleasant summer day with plenty of sunshine, temps in the low-80s and South winds at 10-15mph. There's a very slight chance (10%) of a passing shower today. Tonight... clear, low of 73° with S-SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... more of the same.  Wednesday... more of the same.  Thursday... not so much.
High tide: 1:12PM
Low tide: 6:39AM and 7:23PM
Ocean temp: 77°
Sunrise: 6:09AM
Sunset: 7:59PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,626
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,874
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 837
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Mosty Sunny Sunday

Mornin'!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 70% with a dewpoint of 71°.  Breezes are barely there out of the West at 2-4mph.  It'll be a mostly sunny day with temps in the low-80s.  10-15mph S-SW winds are on tap and as usual there's a 20% chance of a passing shower and/or thunderstorm.  Tonight... partly clear skies with temps in the low-70s and SW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... a repeat of today.
High tide: 12:31PM
Low tide: 6:30PM
Ocean temp: 77°
UV Index: High
Rip Current: Low risk
Sunrise: 6:08AM
Sunset: 8:01PM
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 186,282
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,869
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 829
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Mix Of Clouds And Sun

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 94% with a dewpoint of 70°.  Breezes are out of the NE at 4-6mph.  It's extremely muggy and humid outside.  We had rain showers last night into the overnight and everything's saturated and watered nicely.  It'll be a partly sunny, warmish day with temps in the low 80s and breezes out of the E-NE switching to the E-SE by mid-day all at 5-10mph.  There's a 20% chance of a stray shower and/or thunderstorm.  Tonight... mostly clear skies, temps where they are now (low 70s) and winds light and variable.  Tomorrow... morning clouds giving way to mainly sunshine and high of 82°.  Southerly breezes are checking in as well tomorrow... 5-10mph.
High tide: 11:48AM
Low tide: 5:45PM
Ocean temp: 78°
Sunrise: 6:07AM
Sunset: 8:02PM
UV Index: 9
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 185,914
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,860
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 827
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Friday, August 7, 2020

Partly Sunny / Partly Cloudy Friday

Mornin'!  It's 72° in Wildwood NJ.  We're under cloud cover with 92% humidity and a dew point of 72°.  Breezes are light out of the E-NE at 7-9mph.  Expect variable cloud cover today.  Meaning... partly cloudy.  There's a 30-40% chance of rain.  Winds will be out of the East at 5-10mph.  Tonight... scattered showers (60% chance) with the possibility of thunderstorms.  Temps will drop into the low-70s with E-NE winds at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... more clouds again but with only 20% chance of rain.  There's always that possibility of a stray shower and/or thunderstorm and that appears it could be in the morning.  Sunday... sunny Sunday.
High Tide: 11:05AM
Low Tide: 5:05PM
Ocean Temp: 78°
Sunrise: 6:06AM
Sunset: 8:03PM
UV Index: 8
Rip Currents: Low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 185,554
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,849
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 828
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 87

Beach Tips and Beach Etiquette...

~Think "mask".  When walking the streets and beach paths, it can be very close quarters in some areas and it's necessary to wear one and hardly anyone wears a mask!
~Give that 6' of space (more if possible) when deciding on your campsite at the beach and that 6' means completely surrounding your beach encampment people; not just on one side with 3' on the other side.  
~Things to pack for the beach... water, (I pack a small spray bottle of fresh water for you never know what), hat, footwear, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, first aid kit, shade (umbrella or sand chair with a canopy), something to read and a small trash bag to collect any trash you may have accumulated while there and of course a "Mask".
~Phone use... more often than not and I'm not sure why but folks get up and leave their party / blanket / chair to have their phone conversations (loudly) by way of walking through and pacing and lingering at others encampments for all else to hear their phone call.  What is that??
~Let's talk "music"... no one wants to hear your music although many self-proclaimed disc jockeys come to the beach thinking we all want to hear their music choices.  Pack headphones or at least keep your music decibel down to where only you and those with you can hear it.  
~Winds... know the wind direction and wind speed if possible.  When traversing the beach (hopefully with footwear) be aware of how close you're walking near people lying on their blankets.  Give some thought to how your flip flops are kicking up sand as the stiff winds blow the sand all over those you're walking by.  When planting an umbrella especially on a windy day, you may have to take extra steps to secure it such as sand (screw) grabber or bungee cord.  It's pretty amazing how insecure some umbrellas can be as the wind launches them directly toward unknowing folks relaxing right in the line of fire waiting to be impaled.  Also, shake towels and blankets away from others noting the wind direction.  And, remember that West Winds bring green head flies that bite.  Pack the insect repellent.
~Note the tide times when going to the beach. You can always ask the lifeguard.  If the tide is at it's highest, you can sit as close to the water as you can as the tide will take the entire day to go down to low tide increasing the size of the beach tenfold.  You'll literally sit and watch the beach grow as the water slowly recedes a block or more away.  
~A recent beach posting is there's "No Smoking" on the beach except in designated areas. 
~No dogs allowed on the beach (except for the wonderful dog beaches the Wildwoods provide). 
~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. 
~Teach children beach etiquette. Running (basically "kicking" up sand) 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 oneself when holding your sandwich up or out is a magnet for swooping gulls. Dropping one potato chip carelessly while eating will create seagull havoc. Eat under your umbrella or hooded sand chair as the seagulls are much like vultures and are endlessly eyeing beach-goers 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).  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, spike-ball or kite-flying etc. best done on the back side of the beach (dune side) or other designated areas that are more appropriate for active beach games away from those camped on the beach that are simply trying to enjoy their beach day.  The beach patrol will probably stop you if playing in the wrong area anyway.  
~Observe and follow posted beach warnings (closed beaches, no alcohol, strong rip currents, surfboard/boogie board "only" areas etc) and always pay attention to lifeguards.  If in doubt...ask the lifeguard.

~Couresty is key.  Be kind to one another.  Let's all be safe and happy for the rest of this incredibly strange summer.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Keep Your Eye On The Sky


Mornin'!  It's 73° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 95% with a Dewpoint of 72°.   Ms Sun's up and shining brightly through the cloud cover.  Winds are out of the East at 9-11mph.  Even with the sunshine, there are dark, ominous, storm clouds all around us at the moment as there's a 90% chance of thunderstorms this morning.  I heard thunder about a ½ hour ago.  We may get some locally heavy rains (and gusty winds) especially during the morning hours.   Today will be mostly cloudy with temps around 80° with Easterly winds at 10-15mph.  Rainfall could total over an inch.  Tonight... 60% chance of rain with temps where they are now... low70s.  East winds tonight... 5-10mph.  Tomorrow... still a bit unsettled with a 50% chance of scattered storms, high near 80° and SE winds 5-10mph.  The weekend's looking like early morning showers on Saturday and sunny on Sunday.  This morning and early afternoon could prove a bit challenging with these storms all around us so keep your eye on the sky!
High tide: 10:22AM
Low tide: 4:25PM
Ocean temp: 80°
Sunrise: 6:05AM
Sunset: 8:04PM
UV Index: 8
Rip Currents: low risk
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 185,180
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,842
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 824
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Beautiful Hump Day

Mornin'!  It's 70° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up.  Breezes are light out of the W-NW at 4-6mph.  Humidity's high... 98% with a dewpoint of 72°.  It's a stunning morning on the Coast. But, whew what a day yesterday!  I'm glad that's over and we have much to be grateful for with that ol' Isaias tropical storm.  Fortunately for us, its trajectory was more inland and west of the coast.  Unfortunately for my hometown, Philly got the one, two punch... flooding and winds.  We had no serious damage (other than my trees getting some very serious pruning from the 60+mph winds) and more importantly... no major flooding.  We're all set and ready for a lovely, calm summers day today.  Expect plenty of sunshine, high in the mid-80s with W-NW breezes at 5-10mph.  Tonight... clouds roll on in as temps drop into the mid-70s with S-SW winds at 4-7mph.  There's an 80% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms developing late.  Tomorrow... looks like it could be a rainy day with 60% chance of scattered rain showers and/or thunderstorms and gusty winds.  The weekend's looking okay so far... sunny and warm.
High tide: 9:38AM
Low tide: 3:45PM
Ocean temp: 80°
Sunrise: 6:04AM
Sunset: 8:06PM
UV Index: 9-10 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate (rough, strong currents today. swim near a lifeguard)
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 184,845
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,859
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 822
Corona Virus Deaths IN CMC: 87

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Isaias Is Here!

Mornin'!  It's 76° in Wildwood NJ.  It's raining with stiff tropical storm winds out of the SE at 25-30mph sustained with gusting.  Isaias has us in its path as we have a all kinds of "watches" posted throughout the day. One of them being a "tornado" watch until 4pm today.  Expect a completely miserable day down the Shore with possible life-threatening storm surges along the coastline and eastern seaboard.  Windy, rainy conditions along with thunderstorms during the morning will likely give way to a partly cloudy day by later this afternoon.  Temps... low-80s with S-SE winds shifting from the W-SW at 30-40+mph.  Chance of rain... 100%.  Tonight... 20% chance of rain, temps in the mid-70s and SW winds at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny, mid-80s and W-SW winds at 5-10mph.  Be aware of tides times and if you're driving and/or parking in low-lying flood prone areas.  And, remember the ocean high tide is an hour before the back bay / marsh side high tide.  Be safe!
High tides: 8:54AM and 9:08PM
Low tide: 3:02PM
Ocean temp: 80°
Sunrise: 6:04AM
Sunset: 8:09PM
UV Index: 2-3 (all clouds most of the day)
Rip Currents: Red Zone (extremely dangerous surf) 
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 184,489
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,846
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 818
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 87

Monday, August 3, 2020

Full "Sturgeon" Moon Monday

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up and shining brightly.  Humidity's at 85% with a Dewpoint of 74°.  Winds are light out of the West at 3-5mph.  It's a lovely, slightly humid, warm morning.  My first thoughts when stepping onto the back porch was "this is the calm before the storm" as there's a damp stillness in the air with the deep aroma of the marsh.  We're supposed to have a nice day up ahead... mostly sunny (few clouds in the mix) with temps in the mid-80s with Westerly breezes turning Southerly late morning at 8-12mph.  But, there's a "Tropical Storm Warning" posted until further notice for this part of the US Coast. By late afternoon/early evening today we could have a thunderstorm (30% chance) and it could produce heavy rainfall off and on. For tonight... partly cloudy with 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 75° and South winds at 10-20mph.  Tomorrow... tropical storm conditions possible as it'll probably be raining.  Temps will be in the low-80s with the possibility of heavy rainfall along with E-SE beach erosion winds at 25-40mph. It could rain off and on until Wednesday morning. Get the wellies out and strap In! Also, remember it's the Full Moon today and the Tides couldn't get any higher except when you add tropical rains to them. Be very aware of where you traverse the island especially low-lying areas that flood. Wildwood will no doubt be flooding.  Ask the locals where "high" ground is so your vehicle can be stowed safely during the storm.  Oh... the new pumping station at the foot of the Redding Bridge isn't functional and still a work in progress. That area and intersection is extremely immersed in water when these types of High Tides are expected.
It's a Full "Sturgeon" Moon because the giant fish of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught this part of the summer.  Other names are "Corn Moon" and "Blueberry Moon" due to the delicious bounties this time of the year.  And, there's nothing like Jersey Corn and Blueberries!
High Tides: 8:09AM and 8:25PM
Low Tide: 2:16PM
Ocean Temp: 80°
Sunrise: 6:03AM
Sunset: 8:11PM
Moonrise: 8:34PM
UV Index: 10
Rip Currents: Moderate
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 184,225
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,836
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 809
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 84

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Partly Sunny And Breezy

Mornin'!  It's 77° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 91% with a Dewpoint of 75°.  Breezes are out of the South at 13-16mph.  It feels lovely outside with Ms Sun up and shining.  It was supposed to be raining according to all the weather sources I referenced  yesterday but it's not!  Expect a partly sunny / partly cloudy Sunday with 20% chance of precipitation.  Gusty winds will be checked today as well as for the next few days thanks to Isaisas (currently downgraded to a tropical storm) which will be hitting the eastern coast of Florida today.  This Storm could fuel up on the summertime waters (high temps) as it heads northward to our coast in a couple days.  For today... partly sunny and windy with temps in the mid-80s and winds out of the S-SW at 20-25mph.  Tonight... partly cloudy with gusty winds, low of 77° and SW winds at 20-30mph.  Tomorrow... intervals of clouds and sun with temps in the mid-80s and SW winds at 15-20mph.  If heading to the beach... pack a bungee for the beach umbrella!  Oh, and you might see that sea water seeping onto the island's streets in low-lying areas due to tomorrow's Full Moon.  Be mindful of where you park and don't drive through any street/flood water as it's sea water and very harmful to the undercarriage of your vehicle.
High Tides: 7:21AM and 7:40PM
Low Tide: 1:27PM
Ocean Temp: 81°
Sunrise: 6:02AM
Sunset: 8:09PM
Moonrise: 7:54PM
UV Index: 8 (high)
Rip Currents: Moderate risk (swim near a lifeguard)
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 183,904
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,830
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 814
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 87

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Is In The House!

Mornin'!  Welcome August!  It's 78° in Wildwood NJ.  Humidity's 87% with a Dewpoint of 71°.  Ms Sun's shining down and it's warming up on the island.  Breezes are very light out of the NE at 3-5mph.  It looks like we're going to kick off the new month with a decent day.  Expect a mix of clouds and hazy sunshine with temps in the low-mid 80s.  And, don't let that haze and cloud cover fool you... use sunscreen lotion as you can acquire quite a sunburn with cloud cover.  We'll have refreshing E-SE (off the ocean) breezes will be at 5-10mph.  Tonight... clouds roll in as it'll be mostly cloudy with thunderstorms developing overnight (80% chance).  Temps will drop to where they are now with S-SE winds at 10-15mph.  If thunderstorms hit our region expect gusty winds.  Tomorrow... clouds along with the possibility of rain showers the first part of the day followed by partial clearing and partly sunny skies.  High in the upper 80s and stiff South winds at 15-25mph.  I noticed yesterday during high tide that the streets were beginning to flood.  Full Moon is Monday and if the streets are showing signs of tidal flooding now, they're only going to fill up more as the hours pass.  Be aware of low-lying areas and where you park your vehicle.  Remember that the ocean high tides are always about an hour before the back bay / marsh high tides.  Do whatever you can to not drive through those salty, corrosive, damaging sea waters!
High tides: 6:29AM and 6:52PM
Low tide: 12:35PM
Ocean temp: 81°
Sunrise: 6:01AM
Sunset: 8:10PM
UV Index: 8-9
Rip Current: Moderate (always swim near a lifeguard if entering the Surf)
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 183,535
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 15,819
Corona Virus Cases in Cape May County: 811
Corona Virus Deaths in Cape May County: 86