Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, August 25, 2011: I used to be nervous, now I’m just amused. That play on Elvis Costello lyrics befit my temperament regarding the final days of Holgate, as Irene approaches.
I’ve tried to find every out possible. Maybe she’ll veer suddenly east – as she, of late, has actually “trended” westward. I tried to mentally telepathize her into merely a rain event, -- as she, of late, has gained in wind strength, meaning the surf is going to be savage. I even flashed back on the March Storm of ’62, and the way Holgate was absolutely and repeatedly washed completely over by massive surf – which deposited a military destroyer on the beach half way down Holgate -- and still didn’t break – as I also looked back to when an inlet formed right off the now parking lot at Holgate during a storm way smaller than Irene.
Face it, fellow Holgate fans, this is not what the Save Holgate doctor ordered. It could be worse. The polarity of the planet could be changing and the entire ocean would flood over all North America. Makes one feel thankful we’ll only be seeing the possible demise of the far south end of LBI.
Sure, I’m playing Doomsday Jay here but this is not what we needed with only a week to go before Holgate opens to mobile fishermen.
Here’s some intensely important info on new legislation which prohibits the trailering of boats, cars, even ATVs during an evacuation emergency. Here a press release:
Trenton: Legislation supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, both of which were prime sponsors, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to prohibit the towing of trailers, and transportation of boats on public highways, while an evacuation plan is in effect during an emergency has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
The legislative initiative (S-255/A-854) was based on one of the 14 recommendations made by the Coastal Assembly Evacuation Task Force which was established under legislation sponsored by the 9th District Delegation. Assemblyman Rumpf served as Vice Chairman of the Task Force and was instrumental in the development of the recommendations published in the Task Force’s final report issued to the Legislature in May 2008. The Task Force hearing for Ocean County was held in Long Beach Township at which time Assemblywoman Gove who, while serving as Mayor at the time, provided testimony on evacuation procedures related to Long Beach Island.
The 9th District Legislators offered the following remarks following the signing of S-255/A-854 into law:
“Following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that ravaged the Southern United States, the 9th District Delegation strongly advocated for an evaluation of New Jersey’s evacuation procedures to ensure our state was sufficiently prepared for the worst. As coastal legislators whose District includes Long Beach Island, we understand the complexities and serious challenges that would be entailed with a large-scale evacuation. In the back of our minds was the storm of 1962 that hit Long Beach Island, which demonstrated that the Jersey Shore area could be hit by severe weather.
“As a result of testimony provided to the Assembly Evacuation Task Force by individuals with expertise in specific fields, a list of recommendations was compiled on how to improve our state’s evacuation plans. Certainly, prohibiting the towing of boats on any public highway during such an emergency is obviously a sensible precaution. A single boat attached to a disabled vehicle could cause havoc by blocking one or two lanes of traffic and thus seriously hampering emergency management evacuation efforts. Additionally, it would reduce traffic volume on coastal evacuation routes.”
Under the law, the towing of trailers would be authorized if ordered by the State Director of Emergency Management, a County Emergency Management Coordinator, or a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator. This allows these emergency management coordinators flexibility in emergency situations if certain trailers need to be moved.
An offender may be charged with failure to obey signals, signs, or directions under emergency conditions with regard to the flow of vehicular traffic. If convicted, the offender is subject to a fine of up to $100, imprisonment for up to 10 days, or both.
Maps detailing evacuation routes for each county, as well as other critical information needed to prepare for an emergency, can be found on the website of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: http://www.nj.gov/njoem/.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011:
I have to carry on a bit over that quite-cool tremor we had yesterday.
As I duly noted in the weekly blog, it royally rocked the SandPaper’s 3-story pilings-based edifice. What made the shaky event a tad weirder is the way some folks, even those in piling-based buildings, didn’t feel a thing. I’m not talking old lady Krizinski, who couldn’t feel a truck hit her. Some fairly observant folks either barley detected a passing truck-like vibration or were actually stunned to hear about the earthquake. Even my dentist, working in a very controlled and balanced environment, didn’t feel what, for many of us, was a damn decent quake.
Chatting with Jim at the Mount Holly Weather Service, that could very likely be due to the sand beneath our feet – and over much of South Jersey. The quake ran through the bedrock far below and essentially emanated upward to the surface. As you know, there is often section below us layers with many feet of sedge material, spongy and boggy. That is the perfect mattress material when it comes to buffering what’s above it from any vibrations coming up from below. There are also other subsurface layers comprised of gravel and even tightly packed carbon material, like lignite – old fossilized plant material, dating back as far as the middle Cretaceous Period, 92 millions ago. Those materials are tightly compressed and will act almost like a diaphragm to intensify vibrations upward and downward. Makes a lot of geological sense since most earthquakes occur over areas with solid bedrock so the feel is about the same for all folks above.
I got some fun first-guess type feedback, what folks thought the shacking earth might be since we “never” get earthquakes hereabouts.
Very logical guess came from a fellow who spent much of his life in the mountains out west. Not thinking in terms of tremor, he thought it was rolling thunder. I know of what he speaks. In mountainous regions, very distant thunder can echo and re-echo, not just through the canyons but when atmospheric conditions are right, the sounds bounces back off the cloud layer. It can go on for up to 30 seconds and can even rattle the rafters. He of course didn’t factor in our total lack of mountains, short of Apple Pie Hill and Forked River Mountains, all 187 feet of them.
An avowed worry wart gal was convinced the shake was the start of the planetary reversal of polarity, an ongoing catastrophe scenario fostered by unemployed scientists bitter with their station in life and wanting to scientifically freak out as many people as humanly possible by predicting north will soon become south – and you sure don’t want to be on the planet when that happens. This gal – with dual master’s degrees, I should note – is now fully immersed in the Mayan calendar doomsday fad, keeping a wary eye open for that polarity switch. She’s such fun to hang out with. Yeah, right.