A day at Shipbottom

Despite the rain showers people still came out to enjoy their vacation at Shipbottom in Ocean County on Tuesday. At the fishing pier, Ryan, 20, Eric,17, and Dana 14, Schwarz, fished for the 1st time at Shipbottom while on vacation. July 25, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Yes, our streak of dry weather will be short-lived as showers and a few storms are on the way. Do not fret, though; the day will not be a washout and there will be chunks of rain-free weather throughout the day.

Let’s start with the driest part of Tuesday, the morning. Clouds will continue to thicken, but we are looking dry as the last bits of high pressure escape us. So, if you are looking to be dry and outside, you have until 10 a.m. to noon. After that time, there will be showers and storms. 

They will be of the scattered variety, so if you want to push your luck and wait until the rain comes, you definitely could. This will continue into the afternoon. While it tapes off during the evening rush, the potential for thunderstorms will exist as well. Showers and storms then around 8 p.m. or so. In all, a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected. 

The overall theme for Tuesday night will be slowly drying out. However, there will be one potential for rain. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., expect about an hour’s worth of showers and storms, at most. Then, the clouds will clear out. Once the rain passes, you can leave the windows open, with a low in the mid-60s.

Wednesday will see a brightening morning sky, mixing with a couple of afternoon clouds. It will be an excellent day to be outside. The humidity will be low, with a high of about 80.

Summer hype will be at its peak Thursday, and with the weather forecast, it may reach a fever pitch. We’ll be at about 80 again, with a mostly sunny sky.

This brings us to Memorial Day weekend itself. Now that we are within range of the full weekend in the forecast, my initial thought is it will be a tale of two weekends. We will go from summery to stormy between the first and second halves of the weekend.

High temperatures will be in the mid-80s for Friday and Saturday. The shores will be about 10 degrees cooler, very nice, though a little tough to dip more than your toes in the water. We will have a sunny to partly sunny sky, with comfortable evenings in the 70s; lows will be about 55-60 degrees.

Our tropical tap will return for Sunday and Monday. Showers, storms and very muggy weather are likely. Hopefully, we are not talking a washout until Monday.


This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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