Sunrise Sunny Ocean City

The 9th Street Bridge to Ocean City. April 1, 2019 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

The strong storms and their impacts are over. Now, we can look ahead to seasonable spring weather as high pressure moves in.

First, let’s touch on Monday’s event. It was a potent line of thunderstorms. However, thankfully, only very localized areas of damage were sustained. Power was knocked out to many in Atlantic City, though. As expected, the storms did lose a little juice as they made their way toward the more stable shoreline.

Then, during the afternoon, very gusty winds came through, a little higher than thought. Still, issues were limited, with the most notable power outage in Mullica Township, where about 40 percent of customers were without power for a portion of the afternoon.

Turning ahead to the forecast, calmer weather will be in store. A large, southern high-pressure system will be responsible for the sunshine to start the morning. Winds will be from a westerly direction, with gusts around 25 mph. Given the wet Monday, though, the wildfire threat will not be high.

Instead, we’ll be treated to a comfortable spring day, with highs in the T-shirt weather category.

The only rain blip in the forecast for the remainder of the workweek will likely be Tuesday night. A warm front will lift through the region. It will touch off a few showers, mainly between midnight and dawn.

Totals, if you see any rain, will be limited. Temperatures will slowly drop through the 50s at night, settling in the upper 40s.

The warm front will then stall over us Wednesday. While I believe the rain showers will stay to the northern portion of the state, we will see a good amount of clouds, especially during the morning. Temperatures will be cooler, given the northeast to southeast winds, with upper 50s on the mainland and low 50s at the shore. Places like Upper Deerfield, well inland, could be in the low 60s. 

The warm front will then cleanly lift north Wednesday night. This will set the stage for a pair of warm days. Thursday will start around 50, rising well above average on the mainland for the afternoon. The shores will stay in the low 60s. We'll have a mostly sunny sky but pockets of fog will exist at the shore. Southerly winds will blow around 15 mph. 

Coastal flooding will make a return to the forecast. This will be of the nuisance variety, expect minor flood stage during the high tides. The combination of southerly winds and the new moon on Friday will do the trick. Move your cars if you need to and be prepared for salt water in the typical, susceptible spots. 

The winds then pick up from the southwest for Friday. Sustained winds of 20 mph will be likely, with gusts in the 40s. A very large, mature storm system will then start to cut north from the Deep South. While I believe the morning will be dry, clouds will build in during the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will arrive. This will then continue all night. So, plan any outdoor activities to the morning. Storms may be severe during the evening. Minor stage coastal flooding will again exist during the high tides. 

It will be spring fever again to cap off the week.

A more unsettled weekend arrives, but it will not be a washout.

Meteorologist

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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