Sunday, November 15, 2020

Super New Moon

Mornin'!  It's 51° in Wildwood NJ.  It's clear and a bit breezy with S-SE winds at 7-11mph.  Ms Sun's on her way in about a half an hour.  The sky has begun to brighten along the horizon with shades of lovely pastels.  Expect a sunny start to the day with clouds rolling in by this afternoon.  Temps will reach the mid-60s with those pesky, annoying, March-like winds checking in a little later this morning... S-SE at 25-35mph +gusting (occasionally at 40+mph).  Tonight... winds "and" rain with a low of 47° and West winds at 25-35mph +gusting over 50mph!  Tomorrow... Ms Sun returns with gusty winds out of the West at 20-30mph +gusting.  Temps will be in the mid-50s.  Today is the "Super New Moon" meaning the moon's orbit is at the closest point to earth... known as the "perigee".  A "New Moon" is the opposite of a Full Moon.  During a Full Moon, we see the side of the Moon that is illuminated by the Sun, giving the Moon its bright glow.  During a New Moon, the moon's orbit around the earth is between the earth and Sun.  From earth, the New Moon looks almost invisible because the illuminated side is facing away from the earth. We see the side of the moon that is not being illuminated which makes the moon blend in with the darkness of the night sky.  Remember though, this New Moon still affects the tides exactly like a Full Moon. The tides are going to be much higher than normal and remember... the high tides are always an hour later on the marsh side of the island than the ocean side.  Take heed if it's raining tonight during that high tide time.  Be aware of those low-lying areas on the island especially where you drive or park your vehicle as tidal flooding is inevitable. 
High tides: 7:06AM and 7:30PM
Low tide: 1:38PM
Ocean temp: 60°
Sunrise: 6:43AM
Sunset: 4:46PM
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