ON THE GREEN: SAILING INTO THE COLD

Gelid temperatures for the past week gave members of the Red Bank-based North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, and a mom-assisted young skater, a solid surface on which to play New Year’s Day.

With a National Weather Service  forecast of temperatures remaining below freezing through Sunday, that playground atop the Navesink River is expected to strengthen, setting the stage for iceboat racing this weekend, club Commodore Steve Foster tells redbankgreen.

Here’s the extended forecast, which includes up to two inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday.

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ON THE GREEN: ONE LAST BLAST OF WINTER?

rb snow prep 031915bwb. 031915The final full day of the frigid winter of 2015 saw the borough of Red Bank again laying down down brine Thursday in anticipation of a snowfall Friday.

Though the northern part of New Jersey was expected to get up to six inches of snow, the Greater Red Bank Green was in for just 1 to 3, according to the National Weather Service, with white stuff beginning to fall around 11 a.m. Popular Facebook forecaster Bob Weatherman Burger, who created the map at right, says it won’t stick to roadways and sidewalks, though.

Spring begins at 6:45 p.m., according to the Farmer’s Almanac. (Map by Bob Weatherman Burger. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: WARMING UP

rb thaw 030815 4rb snow 030515 7Seventy-two hours after Thursday’s snowstorm, the same view – west along Harding Road in Little Silver, toward Tower Hill – was quite different Sunday, when temperatures reached into the mid-40s under sunny skies.

The Greater Red Bank Green was said to be in for a possible glazing of ice or snow before 9 a.m. Monday, after which temperatures were expected to zoom above 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: ICEBOATING WEATHER

rb iceboats 022514 2Wednesday’s sunset on our beautiful, frozen Navesink River at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Red Bank, where a cluster of iceboats sat the ready. The Greater Red Bank Green could see up to an inch of snow by early afternoon as temperatures stay below 25 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasts. And the outlook is good for iceboating, with the freeze expected to linger into Sunday. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: MISPLACED OPTIMISM?

rb kayak 022115With the highly variable weather seen on the Greater Red Bank Green in recent days – bitter cold, snow, rain and a rapid snowmelt with temperatures in the mid-40s – the owner of the kayak seen on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday might be forgiven for not knowing what’s next.

Well, what’s next is a forecast better for iceboating than kayaking, as peak daytime temperatures remain below 30 degrees for the next few days, with the exception of Wednesday, when they’ll top off at about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temps aided by wind-chills, will again be frigid. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: BRRRRR….

rb temp zero 022015At the risk of stating the obvious: it’s cold outside. This screengrab from the National Weather Service website showed a temperature of zero, with a wind-chill of minus 21 degrees, shortly before 7 a.m. Friday on the Greater Red Bank Green. The NWS has a wind-chill advisory in effect until 11 a.m. Daytime temperatures are expected to peak at about 17 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: WARMER WEATHER, BRIEFLY

ls icicle 021715Rising from the single digits, temperatures should peak in the low 30s Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies melting off some the ice and snow left behind on Tuesday, including these icicles hanging from an awning in Little Silver. After a possible dusting of overnight snow, Thursday may bring a return to temperatures in the teens, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: BITTER COLD

1 DEGREEYes, it was 1 degree above zero, with winds up to 21 miles per hour knocking it down to 18 below zero, on the Greater Red Bank Green at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

With the National Weather Service forecasting daytime temperatures to peak at 19 degrees, and wind chills of 19 below zero, staying home and making hot cocoa sounded like a good choice for Presidents’ Day, for those who have the option. (Click to enlarge)

 

WEATHER: MILD FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

rb ice 011715Skaters and ice boaters shared the freeze-hardened Navesink River Saturday, as seen from Cooper’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown. Then came Sunday’s daylong deluge of nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: partial sunshine and a high near 41 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: SUCH QUACKY WEATHER…

navesink ice 010915The ice on the Navesink – or what used to be called the North Shrewsbury – River “certainly isn’t good” for sport after just a couple of days of bitter cold, according to the ice line at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club Friday. But following an unexpected snowfall of about an inch in the morning, somebody found it sufficient for walking, as seen from the Cooper Bridge early Friday afternoon.

After soaring into the mid-30s Friday afternoon, overnight temperatures are expected dip into the low teens Friday and Saturday nights, with a daytime peak of only about 22 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. But expect daytime highs in the mid-30s for most of next week, according to the forecast.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BITING COLD GRIPS THE GREEN

jim barnett 0107159 degrees 010815Jim Barnett walks his furry little friend down frigid Broad Street in Red Bank Wednesday night, when temperatures were hovering around 18 degrees. By early Thursday morning, the temperature had dropped into the single digits, as seen at right – and with the wind factored in, it was seven degrees below zero at 5 a.m, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecasts continued freezing temperatures through Saturday, with a dusting of perhaps half an inch of snow Friday.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

WEATHER TURNS BONE-CHILLING COLD

riverside-blockrb temp 111914Ok, so it didn’t snow – we just wanted to have some fun. But it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit in Red Bank at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and 13 degrees with wind-chill factored in. The Green is in for a sunny but chilly day, with temperatures barely climbing above freezing, according to Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: OUTSIDE THE STORM TRACK

rb brine 032514 Brine tracks laid down Tuesday in Red Bank’s Marine Park in preparation for a possible big storm turned out to be an unneeded precaution. The storm blew past most of New Jersey early Wednesday en route to eastern Canada, where residents were bracing for the biggest blizzard in a decade. On the Green, residents woke to find their cars covered in white, but the streets and sidewalks clear of snow. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: JUST LET IT BE SPRING ALREADY

fh new sod 032414It’s spring. What are we to make of this talk of a “coastal monster” of a storm, or “blizzard bomb,” or whatever the weather worrywarts are calling it?

The latest consensus forecast appears to be that our region might take a “glancing blow” from a brewing northeaster Tuesday night, with a few inches of snow, but “a worst-case scenario of an epic blizzard [is] still not off the table,” says Slate.

We’re with the Fair Haven cops: Stay off the new sod, snow. In fact, stay off the old sod, too. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WARMER, WITH RESIDUAL UGLY

rb spring 031114Shirtsleeve weather arrived on the Green with temperatures in the low 60s, even as this blackened carbuncle of “snow” clung to life in Red Bank’s English Plaza parking lot Tuesday afternoon. The springlike weather won’t last long, but the next few days will be more springlike than wintry, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: A SWIRL OF SNOW AND SAND

rb snow 030314The snowstorm-that-wasn’t did leave a couple of inches of frozen white stuff on the Green Monday, prompting the need for an application of sand in a parking lot off Clay Street in Red Bank. For Tuesday, expect cloudy skies with a high temperature of about 31 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SNOWSTORM: IS THAT IT?

RB snow 030314A man works a snowblower on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning following a snowfall that started later and ended sooner than forecast, leaving just a couple of inches on the ground, rather than the six-to-eight inches we’d be warned of. The Weather Channel says another inch may fall by afternoon. Then: bitter cold, as temperatures fall to the single digits overnight, according to the National Weather Service.(Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BRACES FOR ANOTHER BLANKETING

rb brine 030114DPW sprayers laid down stripes of ice-inhibiting salt brine throughout Red Bank on Saturday, including Spring Street, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank has suspended trash pickups scheduled for Monday as the borough prepares for yet another extended snowfall beginning Sunday night.

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RED BANK LOADS UP ON POTHOLE FIXER

rb pothole 022114A Red Bank DPW worker fills potholes at East Front Street and Washington Street with cold patch last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s white-knuckle driving season in Red Bank as motorist navigate jagged, gaping potholes in the aftermath of several weeks of snowy and icy weather.

Reports of flat tires, busted axles and near-miss accidents are common.

What are the road crews doing about it? Filling holes with a temporary asphalt product called cold patch, DPW supervisor Bobby Holiday tells redbankgreen.

But finding the stuff was a bit nervewracking in itself.

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RED BANK: SNOW STEPS BACK INTO PICTURE?

rb snow 021014After a dusting of about an inch overnight, the greater Green woke Monday to a snow-free forecast… at least until Wednesday. The Weather Channel puts the chance of snow that night at 30 percent. The strange footprint above was seen outside the Santander (formerly Sovereign) Bank branch on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ICY CONDITIONS LINGER

RB snow 020414 1Ice, slush and puddles made walking and driving in downtown Red Bank dicey Tuesday. More snow was forecast for Wednesday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RB snow 020414 2Commuters face possibly hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said freezing rain could lay up to a quarter-inch of ice on roads and sidewalks by 9 a.m.

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RED BANK: THEN AGAIN, THERE ARE SNOWMEN

rb snowman 020314 3This guy, on Spring Street, had an umbrella embedded in his head, so he’s set for the rain and sleet forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Below, a giant snowman at Tower Hill Avenue and Spring Street featured crushed Budweiser cans for buttons. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snowman 020314 6One upside of Monday’s snowstorm, as with most, was the sudden proliferation of snowmen across the Green.

redbankgreen‘s walk through central Red Bank Monday afternoon put us in the company of some cheerful if somewhat flaky gentlemen. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: WINTER STREETS GET UGLY FAST

rb snow 020314 10Looks pretty on the traffic light at Broad and Front streets in Red Bank, doesn’t it? Not so much, however, at street level a block away, at East Front and Wharf Avenue, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snow 020314 12The third – or was it the eighth? – snowstorm of 2014 dropped a white blanket on the Red Bank area that quickly lost its charm Monday.

redbankgreen took late afternoon walk through central Red Bank, camera in hand. Check out our photos, below.

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