Cold Cape May 2014

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Cape May, NJ  – How cold was it this morning on Sunset Beach? Cold enough to turn sea spray on the beach into a hard glaze of ice.  Along the waterfront, a freezing spray advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect until late tonight.

Cape May joined the rest of the North East with a major temperature flip flop this weekend, dropping from a high of 53 degrees early Monday morning to a low of nine degrees Tuesday morning. The wind chill was more like 11 below zero. Mighty cold.

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In part, that’s because strong winds were whipping out of the west, with gusts of more than 30 miles per hour. Those winds made it almost impossible to stand up straight on Sunset Beach this morning. The strong winds turned the normally placid Delaware Bay waters into roiling, churning waves.

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The photo above is of the fishing jetty at Higbee Beach, where anglers usually stand to cast their lines. Needless to say, beaches and streets on Cape Island were deserted today.

This Arctic chill caps off a five day long weather roller coaster that started with six to eight inches of snow Friday and a record five degree low temperature for Cape May for the day Saturday morning.

This is not the first time we’ve had weather extremes in such a short time. November brought us both unseasonable cold and warm weather.

By tomorrow, the beach ice should thaw and temperatures are expected to start heading higher again.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.