WEATHER ONLY A MUSHROOM COULD LOVE

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It’s got to be among the leading candidates for the official symbol of this damp summer: the literally lowly mushroom.

redbankgreen‘s Accidental Photographer found this one Sunday on Eastview Avenue in Little Silver. Do we have a mycologist among our readers who might identify it for us?

It’s not that the sun hasn’t been out so much as that it doesn’t seem to stay out for long. Today, and for the next few days, the weather forecast calls for a return to conditions associated with proliferating fungi. Which is to say cloudy with a chance of rain or even thunderstorms.

So far, the R word doesn’t appear in the forecast for Friday, when Red Bank hosts its annual jumbo spectacular known as the Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink. And the Independence Day weekend is looking pretty nice.

Here’s the National Weather Service outlook.

Today: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southeast wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. West wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Independence Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%.