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Friday, May 08, 2015: Certainly a strange sky day along the coast

I was gonna get back into mountain biking today ... 

Friday, May 08, 2015: Certainly a strange sky day along the coast … as folks getting down late in the day are noticing, as the fog comes and goes in odd spurts. There were also poor air quality warnings up for ozone, something Ocean County is all too familiar with, being one of the most ozone-polluted zones in the nation. It has to do with all the industrial air arriving from here from factory lands to our west then suddenly hitting a wall of stubborn ocean air. The set-up leads to ozone damming up. The scenario is most common in summer happens any time the winds get light and variable, like now.

There’s also a good reason the winds are non-assertive right about now. We’re right in the midst of a jet stream shift, converting us from winter’s dominant north and west flow of air to summer’s southerly flow.

Well, the potential subtropical storm I predicted last week is coming to fruition. She’s been named Tropical Storm Anna, despite her birth outside (north of) the tropics.

Looks like I missed on my prediction she would stay out to sea. I hadn’t foreseen these stubborn doldrums along much of the Eastern Seaboard.  I thought for sure a typical high pressure ridge would form off the southeast. Instead, a pool or nothingness is all but inviting her ashore – and possibly raining down for us by Mother’s Day.

I’ll repeat that this storm is likely not the famed early-season indicator of the track future cyclonic systems will take. By the by, that region where she is forming is a fairly common pre-hurricane season development area for lows.

The current TS warnings -- Cape Lookout, N.C., to South Santee River, S.C. -- could extend northward to the Outer Banks. That’s not good news for areas along the OBX beachline already experiencing beachline erosion in recent weeks. Good luck to those OBX folks, many of whom are former LBI’ers.

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The blues just keep on keeping on. While I did hear of some folks having a little harder time finding them, those who were on them couldn’t NOT catch one. I want to add that many anglers are being very discrete with the number of blues they’re keeping. And, yes, I’ve seen some overkill but I’m sure not going to harp on that except by asking that anglers be certain to have a sure way to properly dispose of kept blues. I’m not big on catching them then asking around if anyone wants them.

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Notice: Those very loud honks coming off the ocean are the high-decibel fog horns aboard the Great Lakes Dredging's pump vessels. The fog would move in and they would sound off -- as required by law.

By the by, they dredges are now sucking the sand from federal waters. The entire borrow zone extends from state waters into the EEZ.The earlier LBI beach fills (HC, SC, BB) came from NJ portions of the permitted borrow site.

 Obviously, there isn't much -- if any -- difference in the material between the NJ and the EEZ. . And, yes, there could still be munitions from WWI. However, the screens at the opening of the dredge pipes won't allow through anything much larger than a full-sized sands dollar.

Below: Old munitions, Surf City.  

Treasure hunters like myself got royally ruined when the munitions were found and the finer filters came into use. The chances of great treasures being pumped ashore is nigh impossible now.  I coulda been a contender.

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I got an email from a vet responding to my comment that bluefish can cause gas in dogs. He explained what I kinda guessed. While bluefish can be great for dogs – and their coats —the problem arises with a sudden overload of spring bluefish in a pet’s diet. “Any sudden change in diet – for dogs or humans – can cause gas and even nausea,” he said.  

This doctor has often seen pet owners (he emphasized “at the shore”) get all nervous after feeding dogs fish that leads to vomiting and diarrhea. Those are textbook symptoms of both diet change and food overload … and bluefish especially is rich in oils.

I then got a bit of a lesson in how to combine small to moderate amounts of bluefish in with dry food and even canned food. I think most dog owners know that routine.

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Air Quality Alert in effect for Friday May 8

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FOR FRIDAY MAY 8... THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT FRIDAY FOR OCEAN COUNTY. A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT MEANS THAT AIR POLLUTION CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE REGION MAY BECOME UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. SENSITIVE GROUPS INCLUDE CHILDREN...PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ASTHMA... HEART DISEASE OR OTHER LUNG DISEASES...AND THE ELDERLY. THE EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION CAN BE MINIMIZED BY AVOIDING STRENUOUS ACTIVITY OR EXERCISE OUTDOORS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GROUND-LEVEL OZONE AND FINE PARTICLES...VISIT WWW.AIRNOW.GOV.

* AFFECTED AREAS: COASTAL OCEAN ... OCEAN

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'Got threw the Blues and got a Bass. First bass of the season!'
Bill Bousant's photo.
'One of many caught! This guy was a biggin!'
John Mury added a new photo.
4 hrs · iOS · 

Got dem blues

John Mury's photo.
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Bluefish Surf Slamboree! Finally hit it right, landing over 20 gator blues to 14 pounds on chunk baits, then had them crashing poppers in the surf. Nice to see the surfside blues starting to chase poppers! Absolute paradise blue skies, gin clear water and sunny 80 degrees. You could see the blues moving in the surfline. Wild!
Nick Honachefsky's photo.

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Great day on the water with Jake. The fog rolled in and out all day, but the fish didn't seem to mind. We missed a grand slam by a weakfish.

Frank Ruczynski's photo.

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Dan Skeldon's photo.

SHARK UPDATE: MARY LEE LIKING THE WATERS OFF SOUTH JERSEY

Latest on @MaryLeeShark, the 3000+ pound great white shark that was just off the Cape May County shore yesterday: Latest ping just off Brigantine this morning. On her way to LBI perhaps?

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Keep a wary eye out when driving .... 

For the first time in my life I saw two box turtles crossing at the same point on the road. All looked good until I helped the second one cross and saw blood. He looks to be in good shape after being hit by car. He has a fractured plastron and some damage to his tail. Amazing that his carapace is still in one piece. Trying to get him to a rehabber ASAP.
Ben Wurst's photo.

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Subtropical Storm Ana. Hurricane Elsa and Tropical Storm Olaf to form later this year. Just kidding. For more about this storm, visit my Jersey Shore Storms page.

Scott Mazzella's photo.

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