09.01.14

GWC Storm Footage–August 31, 2014–Thunderstorm in Queens

Posted in GWC News, Storm Footage, YouTube Videos, GWC Video Report, GWC Web Cam at 4:15 pm by gmachos

Here is storm footage of a thunderstorm that moved through the Corona Park and Flushing sections of Queens near Citi Field and LaGuardia Airport on the last Sunday of August 2014. The heat and humidity returned on this day with a high of 88 degrees in Flushing and 90 at GWC in South Plainfield with a peak dew point of 76 and a heat index of 102 before the storms came through.

GWC Slideshow–August 31, 2014–Clouds and Storms

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Slideshows at 11:16 am by gmachos

Here is a slideshow from photos taken of the weather in and around Citi Field in Flushing, New York on the last Sunday of August 2014. On this day, the heat and humidity made a comeback and that stirred up some clouds during the afternoon. Storms then developed producing lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rains.

GWC Time Lapse–August 31, 2014–Clouds Gather Over Citi Field (Wider View)

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 8:33 am by gmachos

Here is a wider view time lapse video of clouds gathering over Citi Field on the last day of August 2014. On this day, the heat and humidity returned to the New York Metro area as well as the rest of the Mid-Atlantic. High temperature in Flushing, NY reached 88 degress while at GWC in South Plainfield, the mercury climbed to 90 degrees with a dew point of 76 for a heat index of 102. Later in the day and into the evening, strong to severe thunderstorms developed bringing heavy downpours.

GWC Time Lapse–August 31, 2014–Clouds Gather Over Citi Field

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Time Lapse at 8:28 am by gmachos

Here is a time lapse video of clouds gathering over Citi Field on the last day of August 2014. On this day, the heat and humidity returned to the New York Metro area as well as the rest of the Mid-Atlantic. High temperature in Flushing, NY reached 88 degress while at GWC in South Plainfield, the mercury climbed to 90 degrees with a dew point of 76 for a heat index of 102. Later in the day and into the evening, strong to severe thunderstorms developed bringing heavy downpours.

08.31.14

Tropical Disturbance Crossing Yucatan Bears Watching

Posted in Storm Track, Commentary, Storm Preparation, Storm Safety, Hurricane Intensity, Hurricane Records, Tracking the Tropics, Model Forecasts at 11:06 am by gmachos

Has 50 Percent Chance of Development as it Moves into Gulf

While the month of August and the entire 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season in general have been very quiet, things continue to try to stir around the Atlantic Basin on this Sunday morning. The most significant feature is in the Northwest Caribbean and crossing over the Yucatan.

This was a tropical wave in the Central Caribbean as of late last week, but it has migrated, and most importantly, become better organized. This disturbance, Invest 99L is now moving into a prime area for development. Sea surface temperatures are always quite warm in the Gulf and Northwest Caribbean, and environmental conditions are favorable for development.

On Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center gave this area of disturbed weather a 50 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours to 5 days. Most forecast models indicate that this disturbance will track to the west across the Yucatan into the Bay of Campeche before moving ashore into Southeastern Mexico.

Elsewhere in the tropics, there are a couple waves in the Atlantic, but there remains a good deal of dry and stable air that is hampering development. The remains of Hurricane Cristobal have come ashore in Iceland within the past 24 hours. We continue to approach the peak of the season, which is September 10th. Yet, there have been only 4 depressions, 3 named storms, 3 hurricanes, and no major hurricanes. There have only been two named storms in August and there hasn’t been a major hurricane at all in nearly two years.

Moreover, It has been almost 10 years since the last major hurricane made landfall in the United States. While storms such as Gustav, Ike, Irene, and Sandy were all memorable storms, none of them were Category Three strength or higher when they came ashore along the U.S. Coastline. The last major storm to hit the United States coastline was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Special thanks to Lew Fincher and Stan Blazyk of Hurricane Consulting for their coverage of the Atlantic this season.

08.29.14

Drowning Death at Sandy Hook a South Plainfield Resident

Posted in Storm Track, GWC News, Storm Safety, Tracking the Tropics at 1:27 pm by gmachos

Dangerous Surf Takes Life of 17 Year Old from Hometown of GWC and Hurricaneville

On Thursday, GWC and Hurricaneville reported on the dangerous surf that had been affecting both the East and West coasts of the United States. Hurricane Marie was responsible for historic wave heights off Southern California while Hurricane Cristobal, which strengthened a bit on Thursday, generated dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast from Florida to New England. As of Thursday morning, the tremendous wave action from these two storms had combined to claim the lives of three people.

One of those lives was of a South Plainfield resident, 17 year old, Sarmad Rizvi, who was a week away from beginning his senior year at South Plainfield High School. According to an article on MyCentralJersey.com, Rizvi, a wrestler in the powerhouse wrestling program at SPHS, was initially knocked down by a wave, and then taken under by a powerful rip current, all courtesy of Hurricane Cristobal, which was swirling hundreds of miles offshore northwest of Bermuda at the time on Tuesday.

Rizvi, was a member of the South Plainfield HS wrestling team that was 22-6 overall last year. He saw limited action and was 1-0. His death was the first by drowning at Sandy Hook this year. Another death attributed to Hurricane Cristobal was down in Ocean City, Maryland where an 18 year old young man from Virginia drowned in the inlet there. Up and down the East Coast, there have also been numerous rescues by lifeguards on duty coming to the assistance of those testing the bounds of mother natures extremes. Over in Southern California beaches, at least 130 rescues were done by lifeguards as of Thursday morning thanks to 25 foot waves created by what was once Category Five Hurricane Marie.

Cristobal has been responsible for five other deaths including one in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Southeastern Bahamas, two in the Dominican Republic, and two in Haiti. The storm is now post-tropical in the Northern Atlantic to the Southeast of Newfoundland in the Canadian Maritimes. Post-tropical storm Cristobal still has winds of 85 miles per hour, and a minimum central pressure of 970 millibars, or 28.64 inches of Hg (Mercury). The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly indicates that there is still a moderate risk of rip currents along the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches even though what is left of Cristobal is pulling away.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service office in Upton, New York has issued a Special Rip Current Statement indicating that the risk of rip currents is still high with surf heights still around 4 feet along Atlantic facing beaches on Long Island. Remember, if you are caught in a rip current, don’t panic and swim parallel to the shore. Better yet, play it safe and stay out of the water until conditions ease up completely.

GWC Weather Footage–August 28, 2014–Trip to Long Beach Island

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 8:53 am by gmachos

Here is footage from a trip taken to Long Beach Island on the final Thursday of August 2014. During this trip, the weather was nice. Some fair weather cumulus, but mostly sun and blue sky. Wave action in Barnegat Inlet wasn’t as severe as it was on Wednesday as Hurricane Cristobal pulled away.

GWC Time Lapse–August 28, 2014–Fair Weather Cumulus at Barnegat Light

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Time Lapse at 2:52 am by gmachos

Here is a time lapse from a little over 5 minutes of footage of fair weather cumulus during a trip Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island, New Jersey on the last Thursday in August 2014. It was a nice day with blue skies, plenty of sun, and comfortable temperatures along the Jersey Shore. I used a little bit of a vignette effect with this video.

GWC Slideshow–August 28, 2014–Trip to Long Beach Island

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Slideshows at 2:12 am by gmachos

Here is a slideshow from photos taken during a trip to Long Beach Island on the last Thursday in August 2014. After a front came through during the early morning, and temperatures dropped off a bit to the low 80s after temperatures rose to around 90 across much of the Garden State on Wednesday.

08.28.14

Cristobal Generating Rough Surf and Rip Currents Along Jersey Shore

Posted in Storm Track, Storm Preparation, GWC News, Storm Safety, Tracking the Tropics at 12:12 pm by gmachos

Long Period Swells from Hurricane in Atlantic Causing Dangerous Surf Conditions at Jersey Beaches

With the approach of the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, many residents from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are headed to the Jersey Shore for one last fling before summer ends.  Hurricane Cristobal, an unwanted guest at Garden State beaches, is still making his presence felt.  No direct threat to land, the Category One storm is still producing dangerous effects.

Located some several hundred miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Canadian Maritimes, Cristobal is still a minimal hurricane with 75 mph winds.  The storm formed in the Eastern Caribbean last week, and gradually headed northward where it dumped a good deal of rain in the Southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands.  Since then, Cristobal continued on a northward, and then a north-northeastward track between Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States.

With maximum sustained winds that have ranged between 75 and 80 miles per hour, Hurricane Cristobal has been able to generate a good deal of wave action and dangerous surf conditions all along the United States Eastern Seaboard from Florida into New England.  New Jersey began feeling the effects of the long period swells on Wednesday when waves measuring 3 to 5 feet above normal came crashing ashore.  The heavy surf and dangerous rip currents have resulted in advisories being issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly for Jersey beaches.

Still many have gone into the water, and for some, it has come with a price.  On Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press reported that a 17 year old boy drowned in Sandy Hook after being overwhelmed by the treacherous waters.  Further south in Ocean City, Maryland, another person died after being caught up in the dangerous surf.  The long period swells being generated by Hurricane Cristobal are expected to continue for another 24 hours or so.  Wave heights are expected to be anywhere from 3 to 7 feet along the Jersey Shore depending upon, which weather service you follow.

Meanwhile, along ocean facing beaches in Long Island, the surf conditions are expected to be a bit worse.  Wave heights are forecast to be between 5 to 8 feet with some locally being as high as 8 to 10 feet.  Further north near Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, seas could get as high as 12 feet.  So, if you don’t have to be in the water, don’t go in.  On the west coast in Southern California, there have been 130 rescues made by lifeguards there in response to the historic waves and surf created by what’s left of Hurricane Marie in the Eastern Pacific.  If you are in the water, and get caught in a rip current, don’t panic and swim parallel to the shore, the rip current will eventually let up.

GWC and Hurricaneville plan to head to Long Beach Island on Thursday to take in the wave action and surf there.  Pictures and video from the visit will be posted later.

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