This is a weather journal put together by Greg’s Weather Center to track the developments with Tropical Storm Hermine as it approaches and impacts the Mid-Atlantic including New Jersey over the Labor Day Weekend of 2016.
September 3, 2016
6:55 AM–Just woke up. Took a look outside and found that skies are partly cloudy. Some clouds including some cirrus and perhaps some altostratus coming in from the south. Possibly from Hermine. Light winds right now.
7:45 AM–Skies are now mostly overcast with altostratus clouds. Still have light winds. Temperature is 66 degrees. Humidity is 85 percent for a dew point of 61. Fairly comfortable outside. Light winds. Believe it or not , the barometric pressure is actually rising at 30.13 inches of Hg (Mercury).
9:44 AM–Just returned from going for a morning walk. Already seeing high cirrus clouds and some altostratus clouds that give the sky a milky gray look. There is still some sunshine. Nice breeze going outside as well. Joe Cioffi mentioned that the storm has taken on more of a look of an extra tropical system with the classic comma shaped signature on the satellite imagery. Seeing some rain bands coming further north than expected on the radar. Currently at GWC, the temperature is 70 degrees with the humidity at 81 percent for a dew point of 64. Heat index is 71 while the barometer is now steady at 30.13 inches of Hg.
1:22 PM–Just returned from going to the bank, grocery store, South Amboy’s Waterfront Park, and the gas station. Clouds continue to build in from the south. At South Amboy’s Waterfront Park, there was a good northeasterly to easterly fetch off of Raritan Bay. Had some altostratus clouds and some stratocumulus clouds building in. Back here at GWC in South Plainfield, there are some patches of blue sky around along with the occasional sun coming out. Do see altostratus and stratocumulus here as well. Temperature at GWC is now up to 73 degrees with the humidity at 63 percent for a dew point of 60. Barometer remains steady at 30.14 inches of Hg (Mercury). Light breeze continues.
2:25 PM–National Hurricane Center has now issued a Tropical Storm Warning for all of the Jersey Shore, New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound including Southern Connecticut, and Rhode Island from Watch Hill westward. Taking a look outside, the sun is out, and it looks like things have cleared up somewhat. There are still some cirrus clouds and some cumulus clouds out, but there is quite a bit of blue sky, especially to the north. However, clouds remain to the south. I started a time lapse video at about 12:45 PM, which will go until about sunset. Temperature at GWC is at 75 degrees with the humidity at 59 percent for a dew point of 60 degrees and a heat index of 76. Barometer is starting to fall at 30.13 inches of Hg (Mercury).
3:34 PM–Took another look outside. Skies are blue with plenty of sun. Almost like an early fall day. However, there are some cirrus and cirrocumulus clouds overhead at GWC with some cumulus to the north. Off to the south, skies are more overcast. Temperature is still at 75 degrees. Humidity at 53 percent for a dew point of 57 for a heat index of 76. Barometer is still falling a little at 30.12 inches of Hg.
6:10 PM–Took another look outside. Skies are mostly clear. There are some cirrocumulus and cumulus clouds about, but there is a good deal of blue sky and some setting sun. Still have a little bit of a breeze out of the WNW. Temperature is down to 73 degrees. Humidity at 58 percent for a dew point of 57 degrees. Barometer steady at 30.10 inches of Hg (Mercury).
September 4, 2016
3:24 AM–Woke up about an hour ago after sleeping for around 6 hours. Stepped outside for a bit. Conditions are calm. Skies are mostly clear. Could see the stars. Not even much of a breeze like there was during the day on Saturday. Temperature at GWC is at 60 degrees with 92 percent humidity for a dew point of 58. Winds are calm. Barometer steady at 30.14 inches of Hg. Pressure actually rose 0.04 inches in the last 7 hours.
5:03 AM–Checked the GWC WX Station. Temperature is up to 62 degrees with the humidity at 84 percent for a dew point of 58. Winds are calm. Pressure up a couple more hundredths of an inch to 30.16 inches of Hg (Mercury).
7:05 AM–Just stepped outside for a little bit. Sun has come up, and the skies are mostly clear with the exception of some cirrocumulus clouds. Winds are calm. Temperature is at 61 degrees. Humidity is at 84 percent for a dew point of 57 degrees. Barometric pressure continues to rise at 30.19 inches of Hg.
8:30 AM–At Waterfront Park along Raritan Bay in South Amboy. Much more tranquil here than yesterday. Winds not as strong. Still have an easterly fetch, but water levels not as high.
9:50 AM–Leaving Keyport’s Waterfront Park and the winds are stronger now than earlier. Water levels have risen a little too.
10:22 AM–Leaving Fireman’s Park in Union Beach. Winds continue to pick up and the wave action here is much more significant. Was told by a lady from this area that one of the creeks is about to go over. Spray is coming over the top and there is some overwash on the walkway.
11:05 AM–About to depart Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth. Still have some cirrocumulus clouds with slightly stronger winds. Waves and water levels higher here. Waves were coming up pretty high on the fishing pier.
11:46 AM–About to leave Sandy Hook. Winds were lighter here, but the wave action and surf were more significant. More cirrocumulus and small cumulus clouds to south and east. Larger waves with shorter periods. Very heavy surf. Nobody in the water. Swimming not allowed today.
1:18 PM–Just returned from my trip down the Northern Jersey Shore. Have a little bit more of a breeze outside in the yard. Could see cirrocumulus clouds off to the south. Temperature at GWC is at 77 degrees. Humidity is low at 45 percent for a dew point of 54. Barometric pressure is up to 30.21 inches of Hg, but steady.
4:03 PM–Went out into the yard to checkup on the time lapse video running. Not too much to worry about. Very light wind. Some cirrus and cirrocumulus clouds off to the south. Temperature is up to 80 degrees. Humidity has dropped to 40 percent for a dew point of 53. Barometer is falling though to 30.17 inches of Hg.
5:57 PM–Leaving South Amboy’s Waterfront Park after taking a trip there following a workout at Edison Park behind Middlesex County College. Conditions at Edison Park was sunny with cirrocumulus clouds off to the south and east. It also was quite breezy. At South Amboy, I had just arrived after low tide so the wave action wasn’t bad at all. Winds had also slackened. Had some cirrus clouds overhead and cirrocumulus clouds to the south and east.
8:16 PM–Checked the data on the GWC WX Station. Temperature is at 69 degrees with the humidity at 73 percent for a dew point of 61 degrees. Barometer is rising at 30.19 inches of Hg. Winds are calm.
September 5, 2016
2:40 AM–Just took a look at the radar courtesy of the Weather Channel. Shower and thunderstorm activity has picked up with Hermine. Coastal Flood Warning in effect now. Tropical Storm Warning is cancelled.
8:12 AM–Took a step outside. Skies are mostly overcast, especially to the south of GWC. Winds are calm. Temperature is 61 degrees with the humidity at 90 percent for a dew point of 58. Barometer is still high at 30.21 inches of Hg, but steady.
9:10 AM–Went outside into the backyard. Saw some cirrus clouds off to the north and altostratus clouds to the south and east. Temperature is at 65 degrees with the humidity down to 75 percent for a dew point of 57. Barometer is now rising at 30.20 inches of Hg. Winds are calm.
10:51 AM–Leaving South Amboy’s Waterfront Park. High tide approaching, but the water was more tranquil than it was on Saturday despite the increase in clouds. Still have a northeasterly fetch, but it is not as strong.
11:33 AM– Returned home. Skies are more overcast. Light winds. Temperature up to 72 degrees. Humidity at 64 percent for a dew point of 59. Barometer falling at 30.17 inches.
4:27 PM–Just took a step outside. Skies are mostly sunny, but there are some cirrus and cirrocumulus clouds around. Has also become quite breezy out. Temperature up to 83, but the moisture is on the increase and the barometer is falling. Humidity at 48 percent for a dew point of 61 while the barometric pressure is down to 30.01 inches of Hg, and falling sharply.
6:23 PM–Stepped outside briefly. Went into the backyard. Cirrus clouds overhead. A little more humid. Temperature actually went up to 84 degrees. Humidity up to 50 percent for a dew point of 62. Winds are light. Barometer still falling at 29.99 inches of Hg.
7:40 PM–Just returned from going for a walk outside. Definitely feeling more humid. A lot more cirrus and cirrocumulus clouds, especially off to the south and east. Not as much of a breeze now. Temperature at GWC in South Plainfield, NJ is down to 80 degrees. Humidity up to 58 percent for a dew point of 64 now. Winds are calm, but the barometer continues to fall at 29.98 inches of Hg (Mercury).
September 6, 2016
7:05 AM–Heading to work. Skies are mostly cloudy. Still feeling some of the effects from Hermine. Temperature is 72 degrees.
10:30 AM–Taking my first break at work. Took a walk around the building. A little humid and breezy with some blue sky, cirrocumulus, altostratus, and stratocumulus clouds.
7:00 PM–Leaving work. A bit muggy outside. Lots of clouds. Stratus and stratocumulus clouds.
9:08 PM–Arrived home about an hour ago. No rain has fallen although I heard on the radio that we could be getting some rain from the remnants of Hermine. Temperature is 78 degrees. Humidity is at 68 percent. Dew point is at 67 degrees. Winds are calm. Barometer is steady at 29.95 inches of Hg. No rain is falling yet.
9:56 PM–Just returned from an evening walk. Quite breezy outside. I would say that it is more breezy tonight than it was on Saturday morning when Hermine was heading up the coast. Felt a couple of rain drops, but no significant rain falling yet. NHC issued last advisory on Hermine earlier this evening.