Friday, September 22, 2023

It's The Last Day Of Summer and Ophelia's Checking In This Weekend

Mornin'!  It's 67° in Wildwood NJ.  Ms Sun's up but underneath some cloud cover.  She's trying to peek through but there's not many openings.  We'll definitely see peeks of her though.  Humidity's down at 65% with a dewpoint of 57°.  The winds are the main character this morning... E-NE at 20-25mph +gusting.  And, this storm off our coast is still fast approaching.  For today, it'll be cloudy and windy with 25% chance of rain showers (mostly this evening).  Temps will be around 70° with those E-NE (Nor'easter) winds at 25-35mph +gusting.  Tonight... cloudy and windy with 100% chance of rain which looks like it could start around 8-9pm.  Temps will drop back into the mid-60s with E-NE winds at 25-40mph +gusting (to occasionally 50mph).  Strap in!  Tomorrow... major winds (NE at 25-40mph +gusting), a steady rain, maybe even thunder, and temps around 70°.  The rainfall with this storm could last until Sunday (late morning).  Remember... the island can only take on so much rain and ocean surge.  This weekend will be majorly impacted by "Potential Tropical Cyclone 16" which looks like it'll be called Ophelia by the NHC (National Hurricane Center).  It has posted these warnings:
~Coastal Flood Warning
~High Surf Warning
~Hazardous Weather Warning
~Rip Current Statement
~High Wind Warning
Basically, this strong Coastal storm will cause significant coastal flood, strong winds and heavy rainfall this weekend. 
High Tide: 2:01PM
Low Tide: 8:38PM
Ocean Temp: 73°
Sunrise: 6:47AM
Sunset: 6:56PM
UV Index: 3.3
Rip currents: High Risk (don't go into the ocean)
It's a big weekend here in Wildwood.  And, it's already begun.  It's the Fall Irish Fest and the Classic Car Festival (many of which are already parked all around the island). Some things to keep in mind... be aware of low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.  Know your higher areas on the island for parking and driving.  We are going to see lots of flooding on the island this weekend from the tropical steady rains as well as tides as well as storm surge. If driving through flood waters you could have undercarriage saltwater damage.  Also, drive slowly through the flooded streets creating "no wake" as most vehicles barrel through creating big wakes that drive the water onto and into properties and businesses.  Also, hunker down... remove deck furniture, umbrellas, plants, trashcans etc to more secure areas on your property.  The high tides on the ocean side of the island are an hour prior to the marsh/bay side of the island.  This all begins tonight so you've been warned.  Speaking of tonight... Summer ends tonight.  It's going to be Autumn tomorrow. Until next year... See ya on the other side Summer!

1 comment:

Jim Anders said...

Going 🏡 shortly.
Staying there until Sunday.
Soup's on!