No, that wasn’t quite a full moon rising over White Street in Red Bank Wednesday night. But it will be full on Thursday, the first of two such events in March; the second, a so-called blue moon, will appear on March 31.
The gravitational tug of the moon is expected to factor into flooding associated with heavy rains starting Thursday night and lasting through the day Friday. According to the National Weather Service, a flood watch is in effect for low-lying and coastal areas during the period, when several inches of rain are expected, along with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour as part of a “major coastal storm.”
Here’s the extended forecast:
Thursday’s outlook: a 50-percent chance of showers in the morning and possible scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Though the sun was beating down and temperatures were heading to the high 80s, an awning installer from Bayshore Awnings in Middletown wasn’t necessarily looking for shade Monday: he was just doing his job at a home on East Bergen Place in Red Bank.
Tuesday, the first full day of summer, will again feature temperatures in the high 80s, but with isolated thunderstorms in the morning and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
According to NJ.com, the solstice, marking the official start of summer, occurs at 6:34 p.m. today on the East Coast, and will be followed by an unusual “strawberry moon,” or full moon. Meantime, the day will offer plentiful sunshine and temperatures peaking at a summery 84 degrees, says the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
A decorative orb on the railing of the Route 35 Cooper Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown greets the full moon rising over the Navesink River on Valentine’s Day, 2014. Turns out the February full moon is traditionally known as the ‘snow moon.’ Enjoy, folks. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)