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Saturday, March 03, 2018: It’s not half bad out there ... midday flood rundown; new surfing waves have formed; tale of nor'esters

Above: Lake Holgate recharged. 

Saturday, March 03, 2018: It’s not half bad out there. In fact, I take back what I said about not coming to the Island today. If you really must – as many folks feel they should, by the looks of the traffic now showing up here --  going north from Ship Bottom, all the way to BL, it’s dry sailing, so to speak.

Heading south, there are some wet points, especially the usual go-under points in south Ship Bottom, Spray Beach, North Beach Haven and Beach Haven proper.  In most cases, there is no need to use ocean roads, though. The lone mandatory (police) re-redirect to Beach Ave. is always water-prone Kubel’s area. Then, after that area, you can return to the Boulevard and use the mainly the left lane … safely – and slowly! Ponding points require both traffic lanes-of-travel to share (alternatively) the turning lane. Ponding should remain problematic until 2 pm-ish.

Again, the west winds kept us from the worst of an impressively bad-ass storm, a New England nor’easter. The reason for us getting a nor’wester was the how the low developed – it cyclogenesis -- just north of us, putting us on its offshore-wind backside.

I learned about that that effect from some LBI surfing buddies who relocated to South Carolina. They were also insane golfers. They quickly noticed that the famed, fiercely-explosive Hatteras winter lows, formed just to their north … and had minimal impact on their Myrtle Beach area, where the lows presented as offshore wind nor’westers.

If there really is a long-term climate change influence causing winter storms to heretofore detonate more off North Jersey than Hatteras – I kinda believe there is -- we might see more nor’westers. Such a cyclogenesis shift primarily occurs when low pressures over the Great Lakes, or to our west, do the now-famed “slingshot of energy” eastward, often inciting a potentially massive coastal nearshore low, recently dubbed bombogenesis.

By the by, that subtle cyclogenesis shift in no way protects us from the likes of increasingly severe tropics-born coastal cyclones -- or even traditional low-pressure systems moving out of the Gulf … and then hugging/battering the entire Eastern Seaboard, i.e. fear lows out of the Gulf.

Of note – and bit shocking to me – was the minimal beach erosion that occurs with the large-ish surf from this nor’westerly While the west winds thwarted the bay-based flooding, the waves built to about eight-feet – and were short-period, which can really chew up beaches. Just didn’t happen as badly as expected.

The surf impacts did create very interesting shorebreak-like surfing waves off the recently replenished areas of Holgate. Here’s a vid showing that refraction: (wind noise alert!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbVDGmltS-4&feature=youtu.be

Below: New wave line ... for now. 

Holgate Refuge fared very well, though Lake Holgate at the entrance is quite full, as seen here: (wind noise alert!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEBv9j319b4&feature=youtu.be

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