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Many of us have come a long way just to reach this Christmas ... Savor it and share it.

Christmas eve has a certain traditional look and feel to it ... 


Saturday, December 24, 2016: I woke up to the skies telling me I really need to start my Christmas shopping real soon … and the Old and New Shop is closed. I’m also guessing ordering on-line is also out.

I got a hint of angling going on up Forked River way. Enough said. There is also a tad of white perch activity in the Mullica; Cove area. Obviously, boat and bank fishing only, though that micro freeze a while back had the Cove freezing over very quickly … only to melt in nothing fast. Don’t look for solid freeze all winter. Sorry. 

The normalness to mildness will rule for 10 days to come. In case you're wondering what normal is along the Jersey Shore: 

Average weather Beach Haven, NJ - January
Average high temperature: 41.5°F
Average low temperature: 24.5°F
Average temperature: 33°F
Average Precipitation: 3.23 inch
Average snowfall: 5 inch

Abnormal winter ... my truck. 


I plan on doing a lot of metal detecting this vacation … all 14 days’ worth. I’ll try to get some photos in here of anything I find of interest to the general public. I think even anglers might be interested in the hunt since detecting is akin to angling, which is surely a form of treasure hunting.

Easily the most common form of metal treasure I dig related to fishing comes in the form of lead sinkers. I’ve found them dating back to the 1700s. Yes, I can tell if they’re that old, often based on the outer look; a white powdery patina forms over many, many years. Also, the overall shape/crudeness is a giveaway.

I can further peg the date of olden sinkers by where I find them. When I dig it in an area that hasn’t been inhabited since, say, the Federal Period, which ran from the end of Revolutionary War to approximately 1800, though I carry it through to as late as 1820, based on artifacts.

Dating is helped along when I find the lies off old New Jersey large cents, dated between 1786-1788. Jersey cents are stamped with “Nova Caesarea,” the Latin name of New Jersey, meaning New Caesar. I have eight colonial NJ coins so far (over 50 years), none overly valuable but a rush to find.





We Can Stop Dreaming Anytime




Menendez, Booker, Pallone Applaud Major Step to Protect Jersey Shore from Offshore Drilling

President heeds call, issues partial Atlantic drilling ban

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06) today applauded President Obama for heeding their call to take steps to further protect the Jersey Shore from offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.  President Obama exercised his authority to permanently ban offshore drilling in deep water canyons from Virginia to New England, including off the New Jersey coast, and in much of the Arctic Ocean.

“The families and businesses who depend on a thriving Jersey Shore and clean Atlantic Ocean took an important step forward with the President’s decision to permanently ban drilling in parts of the Atlantic. Today, we celebrate a milestone in our fight to protect the Jersey Shore, but acknowledge that our work is not yet done,” said Sen. Menendez.  “In my first month as a United States senator in 2006, I introduced legislation to permanently ban drilling in the Atlantic.  Over the last ten years, I’ve been proud to stand with New Jerseyans time and again as we stood up to Big Oil—against all political odds.  I will never stop fighting until we fully protect our shores and secure an economic and environmental legacy for generations to come.” 

“New Jerseyans stood united in calling for the protection of the Atlantic Ocean and this announcement marks an important step in that fight,” said Sen. Booker.  “I applaud President Obama for answering calls to permanently protect vulnerable waters in the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans from the potential devastating effects of a catastrophic oil spill.  We must now stand ready to fight any efforts by the incoming administration to undermine these historic protections for our environment, our economy and our coastal communities.”

“I applaud President Obama for taking an important step to protect the Jersey Shore and the coastal communities that rely on it by withdrawing 5,990 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean from future drilling,” said Pallone.  “Oil spills don’t respect state borders.  The fact remains that opening up the Atlantic Ocean for fossil fuel development is unnecessary, poses a serious threat to our coastal communities, and is the wrong approach.  I remain convinced that the only way to ensure that New Jersey is not the victim of a devastating oil spill is to place a permanent ban on offshore drilling anywhere in the Atlantic.  An oil spill along the Atlantic Coast would cause severe environmental damage to fisheries, beaches and wildlife. President-elect Trump’s appointments to the EPA and the Department of Energy clearly show that his administration will pursue shortsighted and reckless policies for our environment and I will fight any effort by his administration to open up drilling in the Atlantic.”

Last month, Sens. Menendez and Booker and Rep. Pallone stood on the Long Branch... to call upon President Obama to exercise the authority granted to him by Congress under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to protect the Jersey Shore by permanently banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean before he leaves office. 

Sens. Menendez and Booker joined 12 other Senate colleagues in a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently protect the Atl... and Arctic Oceans from oil and gas drilling.

Sen. Menendez and Rep. Pallone are the authors of the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act, a bill cosponsored by Sen. Booker to permanently ban exploration, development, or production of oil or gas in the North, Mid-, or South Atlantic Ocean.

In March, the Obama Administration removed the Atlantic Ocean from the Outer Cont...(Five Year Program) for 2017-2022 after Sens. Menendez and Booker and Rep. Pallone helped lead a coalition of elected officials, shore communities, fishermen, small businesses and environmental advocates up and down the eastern seaboard in sending a clear message to the oil industry that our shores are not for sale.  The federal lawmakers led a Jersey Shore rally in January to #KillT....

Following the election of Donald Trump, who ran on an anti-environment campaign and is filling his cabinet with oil executives and climate deniers, Sen. Menendez stepped up the pressure for a permanent offshore dril... and op-ed in the Newark Star-Ledger, making the case for immediate action by President Obama before the sun sets on his administration. 


I often write about how easy mahi goes bad due to its containing one of the highest histadine levels of any seafood ... Histadine converts to toxic histamine when seafood spoils

Mahi Likely to Disappear from Menus in 2017 as High Rate of FDA Refusals Has Importers Back Off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 15, 2016

Frozen mahi inventories in the US market are likely to be short in 2017 since importers are backing away from the fish because of high rates of FDA rejections this year. This means mahi is likely to disappear from menus next year as importers are advising customers to find alternatives. 

Mahi refusals through November this year are more than double from 2015. Mahi is the number one most rejected seafood item of the year so far in 2016 with 267 line items refused entry to the US market.

The FDA reports filth as the overwhelming reason for mahi refusals.  Importers say the FDA appears to have stepped up its auditing practices on mahi shipments bound for the US. Many of the audits are resulting in outright mahi rejections, which importers say is different compared to previous years.  Some of these rejected shipments had passed importers own private testing by FDA approved laboratories but were rejected when the FDA conducted its own tests

But beyond mahi, it appears the FDA is focusing on filth in all seafood since it is accounting for over 60 percent of total rejections this year. The FDA’s overall seafood shipments in 2016 are trending 20 percent higher over last year because of a sharp increase in overall seafood rejections for filth. 

At the same time, the Mahi fishing seasons in Ecuador and Peru have been lackluster. Importers are reporting tight availability of the fish. Processors are paying premium prices for raw materials at the beach, which has translated to record high fresh prices and near record high frozen prices in the market according to Urner Barry.

So it’s possible this season’s lack of supply has forced importers to scrape around for mahi to fill orders.

However, given the FDA’s apparent crackdown on filth in seafood, some mahi importers are backing away from the item altogether because it’s become too risky to import.

Traders are now telling their customers to find alternatives for mahi in 2017 since a poor fishing season, coupled with more stringent FDA inspections and rejections is expected to severely limit the availability of the fish in the market.


Earth on Pace for Its Warmest Year on Record

By Jeff Masters

November 2016 was Earth's fifth warmest November since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information on Monday.

November 2016 was 0.7 C (1.31 F) warmer than the 20th-century November average, but 0.23 C (0.41 F) cooler than the record warmth of 2015. NASA reported that November 2016 was the second warmest November in its database, behind November 2015. The difference between the two data sets is, in large part, due to how they handle the data-sparse areas in the Arctic, which was record warm in November. NOAA does not include most of the Arctic in their global analysis, while NASA does.

A weak La Niña event is now underway in the Eastern Pacific and the cool waters present there have helped cool the planet slightly below the record warm levels observed during the strong El Niño event that ended in May 2016. The fact that November 2016 was still the 2nd to 5th warmest November on record despite the presence of La Niña can mostly be attributed to the steady build-up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases due to human activities.

NOAA's global surface temperature for the year so far (January-November 2016) is an impressive 0.94 C (1.69 F) above the 20th-century average and 0.07 C (0.13 F) warmer than the previous January-to-November record, set in 2015. Remarkably, no continental land areas were cooler than average for the year-to-date. It is almost certain that 2016 will end up as the warmest year on record for the planet, giving Earth three consecutive warmest years on record.

Ocean-Only, Land-Only, and Lower Atmosphere Temperatures in November

Ocean-only temperatures this November were the second warmest on record, while land-only temperatures were the 12th warmest on record. (Since most of Earth's surface is covered by ocean, the land-plus-ocean reading is dominated by the ocean-only temperatures, thus keeping November 2016 so warm globally). For the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere, global satellite-measured temperatures in November 2016 and for the January-November year-to-date period were the warmest in the 38-year record, according to the University of Alabama in Huntsville. For the stratosphere, the year-to-date temperatures were the coldest on record. Stratospheric cooling is a classic symptom of an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—the upper atmosphere must cool to compensate for warming near the surface.

Figure 2
NOAA / National Centers for Environmental Information

Figure 2. Departure from the 20th-century average for the global January-through-November temperature for the years 1880 - 2016. This year has seen by far the warmest temperatures on record for the year-to-date period. 

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Its Lowest November Extent on Record

November 2016 Arctic sea ice extent was the lowest in the 38-year satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The record low was due to unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south and a warm ocean. For a brief period in the middle the month, total extent actually decreased by 50,000 square kilometers (9,300 square miles.) The only other November retreat of Arctic sea ice in the 38-year satellite record was a less pronounced and brief retreat of 14,000 square kilometers (5,400 square miles) that occurred in 2013. Seven of the eleven months of 2016 have seen record-low Arctic sea ice and the annual sea ice minimum in September was the second lowest on record.

Sea ice around Antarctic was also extraordinarily low in November—more than 1 million sq km below the previous monthly record, from 1986. The monthly value was 5.7 standard deviations below the long-term average, a mammoth departure and more than twice as large as the previous record. Sea-ice formation processes are largely decoupled between the Arctic and Antarctic, so there is no obvious direct link between the record-low values at the two poles in November.

Figure 3

Figure 3. Daily mean temperatures by Julian day through Dec. 18 over the Arctic north of 80 N, as compiled by the Danish Meteorological Institute. Temperatures for this year (red line) are compared to the long-term averages (green line.) Temperatures in October, November and the first half of December were 5 - 20 C (8 - 36 F) above average. This is by far the warmest multi-month anomaly measured since Danish Meteorological Institute began tracking Arctic temperatures in 1956. According to the 2016 Arctic Report Card, issued last week, the average surface air temperature of the Arctic for the year ending September 2016 was by far the highest since 1900, and new monthly record highs were recorded in January, February, October and November 2016. 

No Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in November 2016

According to the November 2016 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield, no billion-dollar weather-related disasters hit the planet in November. However, one event from October—Super Typhoon Chaba in South Korea and Japan—accumulated enough damage claims to be rated a billion-dollar disaster by the end of November. From January through November 2016, there were 30 billion-dollar weather disasters globally. This is the fourth greatest number of such disasters in any year since 1990. Only 2013 (41), 2010 (40) and 2011 (35) had more. For the U.S., Aon Benfield counted thirteen billion-dollar weather disasters during January - November 2016, which is the second highest number of such disasters on record since 1980 (the record: sixteen in 2011).

Earth on Pace for Its Warmest Year on Record

Here is Aon Benfield's tally of billion-dollar weather disasters globally for January through November 2016:

1. Flooding, Yangtze Basin, China, 5/1 - 8/1, $28.0 billion, 475 killed
2. Hurricane Matthew, Caribbean, Bahamas, U.S., 9/28 - 10/10, $15.5 billion, 603+ killed
3. Flooding, Louisiana U.S., 8/9 - 8/16, $10 - $15 Billion, 13 killed
4. Drought, China, 6/1 - 8/31, $6 billion, 0 killed
5. Flooding, Germany, France, Austria, Poland, 5/26 - 6/6, $5.5 billion, 17 killed
6. Drought, India, 1/1 - 6/30, $5.0 billion, 0 killed
7. Flooding, Northeast China 7/16 - 7/24, $4.7 billion, 289 killed
8. Wildfire, Fort McMurray, Canada, 5/2- 6/1, $4.5 billion, 0 killed
9. Severe Weather, Plains-Southeast U.S., 4/10 - 4/13, $4.3 billion, 1 killed
10. Drought, Thailand, 1/1 - 6/30, $3.3 billion, 0 killed
11. Severe Weather, Rockies-Plains-Southeast-Midwest U.S., 3/22 - 3/25, $2.5 billion, 0 killed
12. Super Typhoon Meranti, China, Taiwan, Philippines, 9/13 - 9/16, $2.5 billion, 44 killed
13. Flooding, China, 6/18 - 6/23, $2.3 billion, 68 killed
14. Flooding, Texas U.S., 4/15 - 4/19, $2.0 billion, 9 killed
15. Winter Weather, East Asia, 1/20 - 1/26, $2.0 billion, 116 killed
16. Severe Weather, Plains-Midwest U.S., 4/29 - 5/3, $1.8 billion, 6 killed
17. Tropical Cyclone Roanu, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, 5/14 - 5/21, $1.8 billion, 135 killed
18. Severe Weather, Plains-Rockies U.S., 7/28 - 7/29, $1.6 billion, 0 killed
19. Drought, Zimbabwe, 6/1 - 8/10, $1.6 billion, 0 killed
20. Flooding and Severe Weather, Plains-Midwest-Southeast-Northeast U.S., 3/4 - 3/12, $1.5 billion, 6 killed
21. Super Typhoon Nepartak, Philippines, Taiwan, China, 7/8 - 7/12, $1.4 billion, 111 killed
22. Severe Weather, Plains-Southeast U.S., 3/17 - 3/18, $1.4 billion, 0 killed
23. Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fiji, 2/16 - 2/22, $1.4 billion, 44 killed
24. Flooding, Argentina and Uruguay, 4/4 - 4/10, $1.3 billion, 0 killed
25. Severe Weather, Plains-Midwest U.S., 5/21 - 5/28, $1.3 billion, 1 killed
26. Severe Weather, Plains-Midwest-Southeast-Northeast U.S., 2/22 - 2/25, $1.2 billion, 10 killed
27. Severe Weather, Netherlands, 6/23 - 6/24, $1.1 billion, 0 killed
28. Severe Weather, Plains-Midwest-Mississippi Valley U.S., 5/7 - 5/10, $1.0 billion, 2 killed
29. Winter Weather, Eastern U.S., 1/21 - 1/24, $1.0 billion, 58 killed
30. Super Typhoon Chaba, South Korea, Japan, 10/5 - 10/6, $1.0 billion, 10 killed

Disaster 1

Disaster 1. Category 5 Super Typhoon Chaba peaked at 165 mph winds south of Okinawa, Japan on October 3 before weakening to a Category 1 storm as it grazed South Korea on October 5. Southern South Korea was the hardest-hit with ten killed and the large majority of the $1 billion in damage from the storm. In this image, we see an International Space Station view of the typhoon taken at 08 UTC October 3, 2016 when the storm was at peak intensity: a 905 mb central pressure and sustained winds of 165 mph.

And here is the one new billion-dollar disaster from the November 2016 Aon Benfield report in more detail:

Notable Global Heat and Cold Marks Set in November 2016

  • Hottest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere: 41.6 C (106.9 F) at Matam, Senegal, Nov. 8 and 24
  • Coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere: -57.0 C (-70.6 F) at Summit, Greenland, Nov. 24
  • Hottest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere: 46.3 C (115.3 F) at West Roebuck, Australia, Nov. 5
  • Coldest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere: -60.6 C (-77.1 F) at Concordia, Antarctica, Nov. 1

Major Weather Stations That Set (Not Tied) New All-Time Heat or Cold Records in November 2016

  • Combarbala (Chile) max. 37.3 C, Nov. 3
  • San Lorenzo (Chile) max. 39.7 C, Nov. 3
  • Lay Lay (Chile) max. 40.5 C, Nov. 17
  • Esperantina (Brazil) max. 41.8 C, Nov. 25
  • Ambon (Indonesia) max. 36.2 C, Nov. 29
  • San Fernando (Chile) max. 36.4 C, Nov. 29
  • Twee Rivieren (South Africa) max. 45.6 C, Nov. 30

One all-time national heat record set or tied in November 2016

One nation or territory—The Comoros—set an all-time heat record in November 2016. From January through Nov. 30, a total of 22 nations or territories tied or set all-time records for their hottest temperature in recorded history. This breaks the record of eighteen all-time heat records in 2010 for the greatest number of such records set in one year. Also, one all-time cold temperature record has been set so far in 2016 (in Hong Kong). "All-time" record here refers to the warmest or coldest temperature ever reliably reported in a nation or territory. The period of record varies from country to country and station to station, but it is typically a few decades to a century or more. Most nations do not maintain official databases of extreme temperature records, so the national temperature records reported here are in many cases not official. Our data source is international weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, one of the world's top climatologists, who maintains a comprehensive list of extreme temperature records for every nation in the world on his website. If you reproduce this list of extremes, please cite Maximiliano Herrera as the primary source of the weather records.

Here are 2016's all-time heat and cold records as of Dec. 1:

  • The Comoros: Nov. 13, 35.6 C (96.1 F) at Hahaya Airport (tie.)
  • French Guiana: Sept. 27, 38.0 C (100.3 F) at Saint Laurent du Moroni.
  • The Marshall Islands: Aug. 24, 35.6 C (96.1 F) at Utirik Atoll.
  • The Cayman Islands (United Kingdom territory): Aug. 21, 34.9 C (94.8 F) at Owen International Airport (tie.)
  • The British Virgin Islands [United Kingdom territory]: July 22, 35.0 C (95.0 F] at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.
  • Iraq: July 22, 53.9 C (129.0 F) at Basrah.
  • Iran: July 22, 53.0 C (127.4 F) at Delhoran (tie.)
  • Kuwait: July 21, when the mercury hit 54.0 C (129.2 F) at Mitribah.
  • Guernsey (United Kingdom territory): July 19, 35.0 C (95 F) at the small island of Alderney (tie.)
  • Hong Kong Territory (China): July 9, 37.9 C (100.2 F) at Happy Valley (tie.)
  • Niger: June 8, 49.0 C (120.2 F) at Bilma.
  • Palau: June 8, 34.4 C (93.9 F) at Koror AWS (tie.)
  • India: May 19, 51.0 C (123.8 F) at Phalodi.
  • Maldives: April 30, 35.0 C (95.0 F) at Hanimaadhoo.
  • Thailand: April 28, 44.6 C (112.3 F) at Mae Hong Son.
  • Cambodia: April 15, 42.6 C (108.7 F) at Preah Vihea.
  • Burkina Faso: April 13, 47.5 C (117.5 F) at Dori.
  • Laos : April 12, 42.3 C (108.1 F) at Seno.
  • Vanuatu in the South Pacific: Feb. 8, 36.2 C (97.2 F) at Lamap Malekula.
  • Tonga: Feb. 1, 35.5 C (95.9 F) at Niuafoou.
  • Wallis and Futuna Territory (France): Jan. 10, 35.8 C (96.4 F) at Futuna Airport.
  • Botswana: Jan. 7, 43.8 C (110.8 F) at Maun.

Hong Kong Territory (China) set its all-time coldest mark on Jan. 24, -6.0 C (21.2 F) at Tai Mo Shan (elevation 950 meters). Tai Mo Shan has a period of record going back to 1996; the coldest temperature near sea level since record keeping began at the Hong Kong Observatory in 1884 was 0 C (32 F) on Jan. 18, 1893.

Reposted with permission from our media associate Weather Underground.

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