Friday, January 6, 2023

Full "Wolf" Moon Friday

This Morning's Webcam Shot - NW

Mornin'!  It's 47° in Wildwood NJ. It's a bit misty and foggy with plenty of cloud cover this morning.  Ms Sun's up but not coming through those clouds yet.  Winds are out of the W-NW at 3-5mph.  It's the Full Moon today.  As for today's weather... we're going to have a mix of sun and clouds with temps near 50° and breezy W-NW winds at 10-20mph.  There's a 10% chance of a passing shower.  We had a good downpour yesterday afternoon out of nowhere.  Tonight... partly clear with a few passing clouds, temps dropping into more seasonable temps around the mid-30s with those W-NW winds at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow... mostly sunny with some clouds sprinkled about in the blue sky with temps around 45° and those brisk W-NW still checked in at 10-20mph. Oh, a be aware of the Full Moon today as the High Tides will be much higher than normal.  You may see the tide water in the streets during high tide times if in a low-lying area.  Don't drive through the tide "salty" waters as it's very corrosive for the underside of your vehicle.  And, remember that the tides are an hour later rising on the backside (marsh side) of the island.

It's the Epiphany, the 12th Night, Little Christmas (marking the close of Christmas season), Three Kings Day, and the the kick-off to Mardi Gras and Carnival Season. Happy Carnival Season!  My King Cake dough is rising as I type.  Since we don't have those cakes readily available here, I just bake my own.  And, it's taken me quite a few tries to get it right.  In case you're not sure what the King Cake tradition is... Mardi Gras and king cakes go hand in hand.  Hundreds of thousands of these cakes are enjoyed every year beginning today throughout Carnival Season right up to and including Mardi Gras (the day before Lent or Ash Wednesday... thus Shrove Tuesday, Fasnacht Day, Donut day etc).  According to Christian faith, Jesus first showed himself to the three Kings (wise men) and to the world of January 6th.  It's the Epiphany a greek word meaning "to show".  Each cake has a tiny baby (representing the Baby Jesus) hidden inside and the lucky person receiving it in their slice has the next party or must bring a king cake to the following year's celebration.  King cakes are basically cinnamon breads (brioche dough) with sugar icing and are delicious!
High Tide: 7:19AM and 7:49PM
Low Tide: 1:36PM
Ocean Temp: 43°
Sunrise: 7:17AM
Sunset: 4:54PM
Moonrise: 4:27PM
Corona Virus Cases in NJ: 2,944,679
Corona Virus Deaths in NJ: 36,601
Corona Virus Cases in CMC: 29,209
Corona Virus Deaths in CMC: 333                                            

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