Life in Cape May: Spring Fog

Cape May Point, NJ – You stand on the dune path in Cape May Point State Park and look out to where the ocean is supposed to be. You take it on faith that, somewhere in that massive mist, huge waves are crashing onshore.

You just can’t see them.

Spring brings many things to Cape May – blooming daffodils, restaurants that actually open now and then, the first tourists. And sea fog. With Spring comes the fog.

Every day this week, local residents have awoken to a curtain of sea fog so thick at times it was hard to see the road in front of you. This is how New England Road has looked several mornings in a row.

We get a lot of fog here in both spring and fall. That’s when there’s a hand off going on between the warm and cold weather. It’s that clash between cold sea air and warm inland air, coupled with a generous dose of moisture from the ocean, that’s been shrouding Cape Island and  other shore spots in this otherworldly-like atmosphere.

The fog normally marks a transition between the seasons.  This year, the misty mornings have seemed just a little denser, perhaps because the  weather has been just a little warmer. When the fog burns off by midday. the temperatures are hovering in the high 60′s and low 70′s.

Some people at the Point this week didn’t seem to care much that the ocean was fogged in. They sat on the beach anyway and enjoyed those bracing east winds that were bringing in the cold ocean air.

The winds had a Maine coast smell to them. Intensely salty and wild. Not our usual warm Jersey shore breezes.

You could feel them – and see them – a mile away.

When you live near the ocean,  you have to expect that sometimes, the ocean will come to you, one way or another.

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Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.