Nor’Easter Slides by Cape May

Cape May, NJ – For the second time in a week,  Cape May dodged a bullet and was spared the wrath of a powerful storm.

Just as our anxiety about  Hurricane Sandy was subsiding, the National Weather Service reported  a new, powerful nor’easter heading our way.  Thankfully, the new storm, named Athena by The Weather Channel,  did not deliver the punch expected.

While the storm whipped up waves along the beachfront,  much to local surfers’ delight,  Athena steered away from the coast, passing offshore north to northeast.  Cape May got only an inch of rain, mixed with a few large snowflakes instead of the four to ten inches of snow recorded in the northern part of the state.

Our area also escaped damaging winds.  Gusts in the Cape May area got no higher than thirty to forty miles per hour.   As with Sandy, the stronger winds and higher storm surge occurred farther north.  Long Island and New England recorded the strongest winds with gusts of fifty to sixty miles per hour.  Our storm surge was minimal.

While water temperatures stayed in the fifties,  air temperatures dipped into the thirties.

As with Sandy, winds changed in the middle of the storm to a north-northwest direction, creating high waves and strong winds along the Delaware Bayshore.  Waves that looked like ocean waves pounded the concrete ship.

On Wednesday in the thick of the storm, contractors continued their work clearing sand left by Hurricane Sandy on Beach Ave., near Poverty Beach.

After two back to back storms, overcast skies and temperatures in the thirties, we’ll get a reprieve this weekend. The forecast: lots of sun and temperatures expected in the sixties.

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About Paul Kerlinger

Paul Kerlinger, Ph.D. is a scientist, author and nationally known expert on bird migration. He's done extensive studies on hawks, Snowy Owls and neotropical song birds. Kerlinger is the former director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, His books include How Birds Migrate and Flight Strategies of Migrating Hawks. He's an ardent fly fisherman and organic vegetable gardener.