Rain developing this morning and will be heavy at times this afternoon and evening! Chilly on Friday with rain ending by noon! Chilly and dry weather for Halloween!


Good morning!

Skies are cloudy early on this Thursday morning and temperatures range from the low 50s in Clifton down to the mid 40s further inland, winds are mainly calm.

CLIFTON’S ALMANAC FOR OCTOBER 29TH:

AVERAGE HIGH: 59 AVERAGE LOW: 40

RECORD HIGH: 72 – 1984 RECORD LOW: 27 – 1985

YESTERDAY’S HIGH: 56 LOW: 48 PRECIPITATION: .15″

NOTE: Today is the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and the 9th anniversary of the October snowstorm that dumped around 6 inches of snow that caused many power outages due to the snow falling on trees that still had most of their leaves.

Tropical storm Zeta that struck the New Orleans area as a category 2 hurricane is now located over northern Georgia & will move to off the southern New Jersey coast today. Rain from this system will begin this morning and becoming heavy at times this afternoon and evening. Winds will be a little brisk out of the northeast.

A second low pressure will cause showers to continue Friday morning that may mix with snow across the higher elevations of northwest New Jersey before ending around noon. Friday will be a chilly day with highs only in the 40s.

Chilly but dry on Halloween, Saturday morning temperatures may drop into the upper 20s and highs again will only be in the 40s.

A little milder on Sunday but a cold front will cross the area in the afternoon or evening giving us a chance of showers.

Mainly dry weather much of next week, it will be chilly Monday and Tuesday and then milder the rest of the week.

THE FORECAST:

TODAY – OCT 29 – Rain developing this morning becoming heavy at times this afternoon, high in the low 50s.

TONIGHT – Rain heavy at times, breezy, low in the upper 30s.

FRIDAY – OCT 30 – Cloudy with rain mainly in the morning, high only in the mid 40s.

HALLOWEEN – OCT 31 – Sunny, high in the upper 40s.

SUNDAY – NOV 1 – Partly sunny with a chance of an afternoon or evening shower, high in the upper 50s.

MONDAY – NOV 2 – Mostly sunny, high in the upper 40s.

ELECTION DAY – NOV 3 – Mostly sunny, high in the upper 40s.

WEDNESDAY – NOV 4 – Sunny, high in the upper 50s.

MARINE FORECAST: A gale warning has been posted effective between 4 p.m. this afternoon until 2 p.m. Friday afternoon for northeast winds gusting to 40 knots, seas 7-10 feet.

OUTLOOK – No advisories expected Friday night through Saturday night. Advisories likely Sunday and Monday with some gale gusts possible.

My blog entry for October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy hits our area: As of 8am this morning Hurricane Sandy was about 300 miles south-southeast of our area and has started to turn northwest toward the New Jersey coast, maximum sustained winds are at 85 MPH with higher gusts. Little or no rain has fallen in Northern New Jersey but South Jersey very heavy rain has already occurred with over three inches reported in Cape May. Top winds so far in our area have ranged 30-35 MPH in gusts while the highest gusts in New Jersey was 50 MPH on Long Beach Island. Conditions will worsen this afternoon and especially this evening as gusts up 80 MPH are quite possible here. The rain in our part of the state will not be all that bad compared to Irene with rainfall totals around 3 inches, so inland flooding should not be much of an issue.. Coastal flooding is already occurring along the New Jersey coast and will get much worse especially the northern New Jersey coast and New York Harbor where record levels are likely with devastating results. As I posted yesterday New York subways may be out of service for up to two weeks. Again in our area the story will be the wind with frequent hurricane gusts later today and tonight causing massive power outages. By Tuesday morning after the storm moves onshore winds will slowly diminish but still gusting to 50 MPH, the rain will taper off to showers and continue through the day and night

Happy 38th birthday to my son and my blog administrator Jared!

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