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)

SEA BRIGHT: STREETS INUNDATED AGAIN

SB FLOOD 120914 1SB FLOOD 120914 2In a scene reminiscent of the early hours of Hurricane Sandy, a paddleboarder made the most of opportunity and took to the streets of Sea Bright Tuesday morning. “The wind is rough,” he told redbankgreen as he worked his way past the Sea Bright Supermarket.

Many of the borough’s side streets were flooded in the convergence of a wind-driven downpour and Shrewsbury River high tide, as were stretches of Ocean Avenue, which remained open to traffic.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

RUMSON: DRIVER RESCUED FROM FLOODING

RUMSON flood 120914 1 A car sits in the center of Waterman Avenue, its emergency lights still flashing, moments after its driver was rescued Tuesday morning. Below, a pickup truck abandoned near the boat ramp on Avenue of Two Rivers. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RUMSON flood 120914 2One motorist was rescued and another abandoned his inundated truck as the worst flooding to hit Rumson since Hurricane Sandy swamped low-lying areas of Rumson, police Chief Scott Paterson said Tuesday.

Borough police rescued an unidentified female motorist from her car after it became stuck in floodwaters on Waterman Avenue at about 11 a.m. Paterson tells redbankgreen.

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SEA BRIGHT: FLOODS MAY CLOSE OCEAN AVE.

just_in1Sea Bright officials may close Ocean Avenue along the length of the borough due to flooding from Tuesday’s heavy rains, police Chief John Sorrentino tells redbankgreen.

At 9:45 a.m., Ocean Avenue was impassable due to flooding in the 300 block – about halfway between the Rumson and Highlands bridges — as well at the Monmouth Beach border, Sorrentino said.

In addition, side-streets on the Shrewsbury River side of the narrow borough are experiencing “the usual” flooding, he said.

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY: THE FORECAST

rb rain 112614 1Broad Street in Red Bank, looking north from the Post Office through a rain-blurred windshield Wednesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Amid talk of a northeaster – or, as the Pepperidge Farm voiceover guy might say, a ‘nor-eastuh’ – dumping snow on much of New Jersey, here’s the weather outlook for the greater Red  Bank Green for the next few days…

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RED BANK: IN FOR A DRENCHING

rb clouds 102114 2rb clouds 102114 1Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank, above, and South Street, below, before unleashing a brief downpour Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecasts sporadic showers for the rest of the day. It’ll be wetter on the Green on Wednesday, when there’s a 90 percent chance of rain, with up to half an inch accummulation, according to the forecast. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

THE GREEN: MORE RAIN LIKELY

rb summer storm 071514Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank before drenching the region Tuesday afternoon. The Green could be in for yet more rain Wednesday morning and early afternoon, followed by mere cloudiness later on, and ample sunshine on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

SOGGY START TO HOLIDAY WEEKEND?

Beachgoers beat a retreat from Beach E at Sandy Hook following the cancellation of a weekly concert because of an approaching storm Wednesday evening.

Forecasts indicate that Hurricane Arthur will veer east of the Jersey Shore, but heavy rains will drench the mid-Atlantic region from Thursday afternoon into Friday, July 4. Mostly sunny skies are expected to follow Saturday and Sunday. (Vine video by Gerda Liebmann.)

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: COUNCIL DIGS INTO SNOW LAW

rb snow 020314 3An unidentified man shovels snow on English Plaza in Red Bank earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

Repeatedly frustrated by an inability to clear snow-clogged streets, Red Bank officials are expected Wednesday night to mull an outright ban on overnight parking when it snows.

Also on the agenda for the borough council’s bimonthly meeting: a measure requiring shovelers to clear a path at least 42 inches wide, and banning them from throwing or plowing the snow out into the street.

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FAIR HAVEN: LAMP POSTS SAFE FOR NOW

fh pole 022514A street lamp lies on the sidewalk in front of Fair Haven Borough Hall Tuesday, several weeks after police said it was downed by a Monmouth County snow plow, and just yards east of another pole that also appears to have been clipped by a plow but didn’t fall.

The River Road lamps should be safe Wednesday, as the forecast is for under an inch of snow – probably not enough to plow. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

rb tornado 022114The Natonal Weather Service issued a tornado watch Friday afternoon, effective until 5 p.m. A pedestrian struggled with an umbrella on Broad Street at around 3:15 p.m. as winds began picking up. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: IS THE NIGHTMARE OVER?

rb snow 021814Val DeFazio clears snow from the awning of Buona Sera Ristorante on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures rose into the low 40s.

For the first time in what seemed like eons, residents of the Green woke Wednesday to find no snowflake symbols in near-term weather forecasts. The National Weather Service says Wednesday is likely to be rainy, with a high of 47 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

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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