FORECAST: LOTSA SNOW, BITTER COLD

rb snowstorm 010314 20“Significant snowfall expected today and tonight, followed immediately by bitterly cold air,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning, warning of a storm that could drop up to 12 inches of wind-driven snow on our area by late evening. Bitterly cold temperatures, with wind chills to about 5 degrees below zero, are expected to follow, with a wind chill advisory in effect for the early part of Wednesday.

SNOW CARPETS THE GREEN AGAIN

rb snow 121713Snow made for some wheel-spinning and tentative driving on the Red Bank-area Green Tuesday morning, as seen above looking east along Pinckney Road in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Once again,there’s some significant variation in the forecasts:

National Weather Service:
Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1pm. High near 38. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Weather Channel:
Snow this morning will transition to snow showers this afternoon. Some rain may mix in. High 34F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

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MIDDLETOWN: THE BEST DEAL ON NUTS

nutsAn unauthorized* photo of some nice nuts. $3.49/lb through Christmas at the Middletown Whole Foods. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’re not sure how sitting around cracking nuts got its start as a holiday tradition, but PieHole can say with a certain amount of first-hand knowledge that nothing helps you ease back into a nice, easy pace with your holiday cocktail like a bowl of nuts.

A bowl of peanuts may be OK with your pilsner, but when you start throwing rye or bourbon and some bitters into the mix, PieHole suggest a large bowl of nuts, heavy on the pecans and walnuts.

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RED BANK: GOING GREEN? TRY ‘GOING FREE’

ptak 2 101513Peter Ptak gasses up his gasless car with free power supplied by his solar energy system. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

By all outward appearances, Pete Ptak may be the greenest guy on the Green.

The Red Bank resident has racked up his West Westside Avenue home with solar panels, just as he did with two houses across the street when he owned them and another he still owns.

In fact, he recently went through a major upgrade, replacing his panels with newer ones that suck up tons more power from the sun than the older ones, and adding others to his backyard shed.

Now, having cut his household utility bills to less than zero, he’s putting that free juice to work when he’s on the move. He claims to have the only Toyota Rav4 EV all-electric car in New Jersey. And thanks to the hardware on the roof of his house and shed, it costs him nothing to fuel.

But to Ptak, it’s not about saving the planet. It’s about saving money.

“I don’t care about being green,” Ptak tells redbankgreen. “The green I care about is the green that comes out of my wallet.”

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2011 TO BLOW OUT ON CLOUDS

Canada geese flying over the white-capped Navesink between Fair Haven and Middletown Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

The wind that whipped the Green over the past two days has blown through, leaving mostly cloudy skies as 2011 winds down.

Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: A slight chance of snow showers after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 39. West wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

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FOG GIVES WAY TO RAIN

sycamore-fog-120511Headlights cut the fog on Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury Monday night. (Click to enlarge)

A daylong Monday fog – the literal kind, not the ‘I forgot how to do routine tasks after a relaxing weekend’ kind – gives way to periodic rain in the greater Red Bank Green Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weatherbots at the National Weather Service.

Here’s the outlook through the weekend:

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