Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, July 23, 2010: Get ready ::
Warning: The NJ Department of Health has hoisted the ozone warnings flags to the highest rung. Through this weekend, the danger levels will be through the ceiling – make that through the atmosphere. As I oft write, our very own Ocean County has the worst ozone pollution in the entire country, now pretty much tied with former leader Oakland, California. That means that when we go Ozone Warning we’re talking world-class – in the worst possible way.
For more sedentary folks, the ozone warning simply means to stay put. But, if you’re one of a legion of weekend warriors, not ready to give up the ghost of wild and crazy guy-ness (and girl-ness), it will likely be the worst possible weekend to press the activity envelope. I know you’re sure of your limits but I have no doubt I’ll be hearing first aid calls for symptom like general weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, disorientation – with some folks simply more than usual – and, the biggy, difficulty breathing. Sucking air is the one high ozone symptom virtually anyone being overly active will experience.
Obviously, heat problems will also be hideous, as much for humans as pets. Hydrate or die – even if fishing on the ocean where things seem cooler and damper. You body doesn’t think so.
Note: Death to a pet in a car can come in just 30 minutes, even though the vehicle had been well air conditioned just before you jumped out for a short shop – that took longer than you thought because (dong) it’s summer and things are crowded.
At The SandPaper, I get easily a dozen summer reports of animals having to be dramatically rescued from cars in parking lots. The scenario is identical: cops or pedestrians see a pet about to die and break a window. Firstly, that’s a costly repair to get that glass replaced. Then, you’re handed the mandatory (!) “Cruelty to Animal” citation. And even though you’re actually a dedicated animal lover, who just made a knucklehead move, just wait to feel the glares and hear the growls from the crowd when your charges are announced in court.
We got into some honkin’ south winds today. In fact, this was one of the first typical summer days we’ve seen, wind-wise. However, the southerlies are going to get blown away by tomorrow, when we go back to that utterly odd west wind flow we just can’t seem to shake this summer. Saturday, we’ll be seeing upper 90s temps even on the Island. While heat indices will be about 105 to nearly 110, that ozone will also make things feel awful. Main relief will be a very cool ocean, chilled by the south winds. I’d suggest steering clear of bay beaches, not only will the hot winds be blowing face-ward but the crowding will be insane.
I had mentioned it in previous blogs but you can’t believe the number of foot skin burns being reported this summer, including some hospital-worthy. On beaches like Harvey Cedars, it’s the sand that does the second-degree dirty work, however, on most other areas of LBI, it’s the wickedly heated asphalt scalding feet.
Just off the beach, there are ocean water temps in the upper 70s, nearing 80 degrees just a bit south.