07.29.15

GWC Car Cam–July 25, 2015–Balloon Fest

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam at 1:53 pm by gmachos

Here is car cam footage of the balloon launch during the 2nd night of the 2015 Quick Check Balloon Fest in Readington, New Jersey. Temperatures and humidity creeped up a bit on this Saturday, but overall conditions were still very pleasant for the launch. The car cam footage was taken in the area around Route 22 in Readington.

GWC Weather Footage–July 24, 2015–Balloon Fest

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 1:46 pm by gmachos

Here is video footage of a balloon launch during the first night of the 2015 Quick Check Balloon Fest held in Readington, New Jersey. Weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the launch. Skies were clear and blue, very light wind, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. The balloon fest came at the tail end of a stretch of great weather in New Jersey.

07.28.15

GWC Slideshow–July 24, 2015–Quick Chek Balloon Fest

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Slideshows at 4:28 pm by gmachos

Here is a slideshow of photos taken from the first day of the 2015 Quick Check Balloon Fest held at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey. Weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the launch. Skies were clear and blue, very light wind, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. The balloon fest came at the tail end of a stretch of great weather in New Jersey.

07.19.15

Mini-Heatwave On Tap For Garden State

Posted in GWC News at 8:50 am by gmachos

Hottest Temperatures of the Year to Date on the Way for Sunday and Monday

True summer has finally arrived in New Jersey. Prior to Sunday, the warmest temperature of the year at Greg’s Weather Center in South Plainfield had only topped out at just under 90 degrees (89.8 degrees back in June). June 2015 was the coolest June in five years at GWC with an average temperature of 69.62 degrees. So far in July, the average has been higher than it was last year, but the maximum has been four degrees cooler than that of July 2014. All of this is expected to change over the next couple of days.

Late Friday night, a warm front passed through the region, and ushered in warmer and more humid air on Saturday. Cloud cover in the earlier part of the day prevented temperatures from skyrocketing, and suppressed the oppressive heat and humidity until the late afternoon and early evening. Some parts of the Central Jersey area was hit with some heavy showers and thunderstorms on Saturday morning, and another round passed through Northwestern New Jersey during the early evening before fizzling out thanks to the decreased sunlight.

However, the heat and humidity have stayed behind, and they will both continue to linger at least through Monday night. A Heat Advisory is already in effect for much of the Garden State for heat indices between 100 and 104 degrees from now until 8:00 PM on Monday. Meanwhile, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for Southwestern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia Metro Area until 8:00 PM on Monday. Heat index values in those regions are expected to climb to between 102 and 107 degrees.

Right now at GWC in South Plainfield, located in the Northwestern corner of Middlesex County, the temperature is already up to 79 degrees (actually 78.8). The dew point has topped out at 74 degrees and the tandem of temperature and humidity have combined to produce a peak heat index of 84. Expect those numbers to go much higher as we have more heating of the day and get into the peak sunlight hours. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey is forecasting the temperature to climb up into the mid 90s this afternoon with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this evening.

On Monday, more of the same is expected with a forecasted high of 95 at GWC in South Plainfield along with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day and evening. Things get a little bit cooler on Tuesday, but still hot at 92 degrees with another 20 percent chance of storms. The middle and latter portions of the week look much better with sunny skies and temperatures dropping into relatively more comfortable mid to upper 80s. So, for the next 48 to 72 hours, drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear loose and light colored clothing, and if you have to go outside, take plenty of breaks.

07.13.15

GWC Weather Footage–July 4, 2015–Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Posted in YouTube Videos at 7:20 am by gmachos

Here is video footage of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. For the 2nd year in a row, GWCHurricaneville took the Seastreak ferry over to New York City to take in the Fourth of July Fireworks. This time, the ferry traveled further up the East River to midtown Manhattan across from the Empire State Building to view the fireworks. For the second straight year, clouds started out the holiday, but then cleared out in time for the fireworks.

07.08.15

GWC Slideshow–July 4, 2015–Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Web Cam, GWC Slideshows at 4:42 pm by gmachos

Here is a slideshow of photos taken from the festivities and the trip to the 2015 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks along the East River in New York City. For the second year in a row, stormy skies cleared just in time for the annual fireworks show to go off without a hitch. There are also photos of the sights of New York City as well as many of the boats and ships along the East River.