Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
If anyone has any observational reports I can pass onto the Weather Service, please let me know -- particularly impassable roads or vehicles stuck in flooded areas. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 22, 2012: I hope everyone quickly realized this midday thunderboomer was not to be messed with.
Of course, highly trained personnel like myself were able to sit on the deck of a three-story building and cheer on the astounding lightning show over the bay.
For almost 30 minutes there were crystal clear bolts of “dry lighting,” meaning the bolts were ahead of the rain – and so viewable you could occasionally read the “Made in China” markings on them.
One bolt hit in Surf City, per police radio. Also, the Comcast Cable Tower on the mainland got shaken. Ocean Acres had the “smell of smoke” from a lightning strike. Alarms – car, building, and structures – were going off all over the place. Vibration-caused, mainly. House struck by lightning on Hiller (or Hilliard?) in Manahawkin. Vehicles stuck in flooding, Atlantis and Nautilus. People stuck inside vehicles but in no danger. “Hot wires down in a number of areas.
Some of the bolts I saw were thick, cloud-to-ground types. They carry a temperature hotter than the surface of the Sun, though I still question who has taken that Sun surface temperature reading. Or, for that matter, the temp of a one-second-lived lightning bolt. Sound a bit Ben Franklin-ish.
Far less fun is the fact that the mainland could receive over four inches of rain (almost that much in Stafford as of 1:30), maybe more toward Toms River. That comes after a long dry stretch, meaning tons of petroleum road crap, just-applied lawn fertilizer and litter will be washed into Barnegat Bay. While this won’t result in a vile syringe wash-up like we recently had, this run-off could not only discolor the bay water but also suddenly change the water chemistry, enough to drive off the likes of fluke and drumfish. Worse yet, it might kill recently laid eggs of weakfish, blowfish, kingfish and drumfish. Double worse, we recently received a monumental “blow-in” of mullet larvae, via those protracted NE winds. Those arriving mullet young are also super vulnerable to sudden chemical changes in the water.
Yes, we get our annual hatch of mullet via the open ocean. They float for hundreds of miles, originating from the adult mullet spawning zones down south.
As of now, the flooding is pretty much the northern part of the bay.