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Hoboken Flood Watch

Flood watch in effect for Hoboken NJ

flood watch hobokenWeather nerds have been monitoring this “Nor’Easter” that’s expected to slowly hug the east coast this week. At this time, the Hoboken area is under a “flood watch,” with rain of 2 to 3 inches expected tomorrow (potentially more). High tides tomorrow are approximately 10am and 10:30pm, but hopefully this won’t be a problem, because it’s not expected to be one of those “intense” downpour like storms, just a steady rain. But with the rain we had this past weekend, be on the lookout for possibly flooded spots in the usual areas of town Here’s the current “watch:”

“THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR HUDSON COUNTY FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

A SLOW MOVING COASTAL LOW WILL PARALLEL THE EASTERN SEABOARD ON TUESDAY, PASSING ACROSS EASTERN LONG ISLAND IN THE EVENING.

HEAVY RAINFALL WILL SPREAD INTO THE REGION TUESDAY MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGH MOST OF THE DAY.

RAIN WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH 2 TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE BY THE TIME THE EVENT ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT, WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS. THE MAIN IMPACT WILL BE URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING, BUT SOME SMALL RIVERS AND STREAM ACROSS NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY MAY REACH OR EXCEED BANKFULL. THIS SAME REGION RECEIVED 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL JUST A COUPLE OF DAY AGO.”

Hoboken Flood Watch December 9 2014

“Major Winter Storm”

Major Winter Storm – or just stupid hype?

Wow – is this “pre-season” weather event a major winter storm, or just a “minor event?” That’s what I want to know. Sure some areas way to the north and west may see over 8″ of snow – but our area near the coast will barely see a couple inches (if that).

So yesterday I was on my way from Hoboken to Short Hills Mall to pick up some Xmas bling gifts (and to thwart would-be carjackers) – and I saw this sign on Route 78 that “warned” drivers of the impending “MAJOR WINTER STORM – BE PREPARED!”

Major Winter Storm Hype Hoboken NJWTF? A couple inches of wet snow and all of a sudden it’s declared a “MAJOR” storm? Who is responsible for such wording? Off the top of my (non-hysterical) mind – I’d suggest the following verbiage classifications:

  • Insignificant Snow Event: Flurries – dusting
  • Minor Snow Event: 1″ to 5″
  • Moderate Snow Storm: 5″ to 10″
  • Heavy Snow Storm: 10″ – 16″
  • Major Snow Emergency: 16″ with blizzard conditions

To use such a superlative word as “MAJOR” makes it seem at the “top of it’s class” in terms of comparisons. Which this boring storm has none of.

However, I will give them a smidgen of elbow room here. Because we have so many dim-witted morons traversing our public roadways, perhaps “scaring” some people off the roads may be a pretty good idea. Because the people that automatically believe “hype” like this – are probably also very bad drivers as well.

Have fun with your (soon to be brown) coating of frozen precipitation!

major winter storm hoboken nj

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Weather

Holiday Travel Weather – What does it mean?

Here we go… one of the biggest holiday travel days of the year (Thanksgiving), and there’s a potential for some “slippery” weather.

Forecasters are suggesting that our area may be impacted by snowy, icy, slushy conditions this Wednesday. While the Hoboken area seems to be near that proverbial “rain/snow line,” and we might not get anything except cold rain – should you be concerned?

Thanksgiving snow threat hoboken NJ nyc tri state area

Odds for mishaps increased due to volume

Regardless of the weather, the main phenomenon here is the power in numbers. Once the volume of drivers reaches these infrastructure-clogging levels, the number of really bad drivers increases – therefore increasing your odds with encountering them.

Any kind of inclement weather just amplifies the problem.

Which is why smart travelers always find a way to either avoid the mad rush – or stay put entirely until an off time.

Will bad weather impact your travel this year?

Dog Days of Summer {put to sleep?}

What happened to dog days of summer “heat waves?”

Now while weather “forecasters” (we put everything that is questionable or suspect in quotes) are always talking about the future events that may happen or not – most sensible people know that they can marginally predict the weather three days out.

Me miss dog days of summer in Hoboken NJ

Forecasts Schmorecasts

We have annual tropical storm “forecasts,” which akin to throwing darts at a dartboard blindfolded, can sometimes be right, over-estimated or under-estimated. I’d trust a dartboard more.

Heck, even the Farmer’s Almanac still publishes annual weather forecasts a year in advance! Sort of reminds me of an astrology book!

So despite any long-term forecast being as reliable as Jim Cramer on CNBC, what about Summer 2014 here in Hoboken?

dog days of summer not happening in Hoboken NJ

Best summer in recent memory in Hoboken!

Up until this point – it has been great. Almost 100% perfect. No massively hot, unbearable days. And most certainly no ultra-long extended “heat waves,” as I recall happening often in years past.

And looking at the extended “45 day forecast” online – they show only ONE day barely cracking 90 degrees now through September 17th! How the hell is that possible?

Now the “realist” in me says they don’t truly know anything, and our weather can turn at the drop of the dime. Atmospheric changes, a volcano in a distant hemisphere, all sorts of stuff can throw their “prediction” down the drain. So while this fruity “45 day forecast” may say one thing – we’re perfectly ready to accept deviations from their flawed science.

Additionally – every heat wave brings up all sorts of chatter about “global warming,” while anything that doesn’t support that ludicrous claim makes no mention to the contrary. Odd, no?

However, if the rest of the summer remains as moderately cool as it has already been – what does that tell you?

Hurricane Arthur

Do you think Hurricane Arthur will muck your July 4th plans?

Thanks to technology, we can all worry about (soon to be) Hurricane Arthur way before we’re certain something may (or may not) happen.

Forecasts are all over the map as to the exact “path,” but the Hoboken area is expected to see “enhanced” thunderstorm activity regardless of where it goes. And we have some friends traveling to the Outer Banks today, and I guess they’ll be in for a bit of an exciting vacation.

Do you think this will alter your holiday plans? Will you put them on hold until the coast is clear, or party-hard one way or another?

Hurricane Arthur 2014

And as you can see from this map – New Jersey is predicted at the moment to have a 20-30% chance of “tropical storm” force winds. Joy.

hurricane arthur wind possibility map

Hoboken Flooding – yeah, so?

Same old song and dance with Hoboken Flooding

Hoboken flooding is a GIVEN any time there’s an extended period of moderate rain. Even more so when it coincides with high tides, certain wind direction and so on. Pumps are useless, and are a blatant waste of property taxpayer funds (no matter where they were “re-directed” from).

The type of flooding we’re having tonight is of the “standard” type. Not storm surge related, but due to the antiquated infrastructure in town, coupled with the below sea-level aspect of certain areas of the city. We’ve talked about and “covered” this so many times – it should be burned into the brain of everyone. Doesn’t deserve the “coverage” that other people get hard-ons for. It’s a fact of life here in this dense, over-populated and over-developed city.

It should only become “news” when it is life-threatening. Like a tsunami. Or tidal wave. Or filled with sharks and stingrays. Or hot bikini-clad pro-surfing chicks from Hawaii.

Other than that – stay dry Hoboken!

Hoboken Flooding April 30 2014 same ole

Hoboken Flooding April 30 2014 what else is new