RED BANK: ‘CHRISTMAS STAR’ BRINGS WINTER

Minus their customary caroling, to minimize the spread of COVID-19, neighbors on South Street in Red Bank went ahead with their annual display of luminaria Friday night.

Monday at 5:02 a.m. marked the solstice, the passage from autumn into winter in the northern hemisphere. This year, by coincidence, December 21 is when the two largest planets in Earth’s solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear to nearly merge in the night sky in a rare phenomenon called a ‘Christmas star,’ according to Astronomy magazine.

A clear sky is needed to see the “great conjunction,” but the outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green is less than ideal, as detailed by the National Weather Service in the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: DURING AND AFTER THE STORM

Red Bank photographer Allan Bass captured Wednesday’s storm-in-progress on Broad Street, above, and in Riverside Gardens Park, below.

Afterward, a resident of Riverview Towers shared the photo at right, a view of downtown Red Bank Thursday morning. (Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: STORM LEAVES COLD, SLUSHY MESS

The first snowstorm of 2020-2021 lived down to billing, leaving behind a heavy, wet mess of slush and puddles across the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday morning.

With snow still falling and strong winds adding bite that drove the feels-like temperature down to the mid-teens, a shoveler faced a long slog at the SuperFoodtown on Broad Street in Red Bank, above.

Slush and sparks fly off a Monmouth County public works plow as it cleared  Broad Street at East Bergen Place shortly after 5 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

On a brief predawn tour on foot, redbankgreen encountered about six inches of ice-topped snow, with equal depths of slush in roadway gutters and at intersections.

The National Weather Service forecast that the snowfall would end by 10 a.m., bringing less than one additional inch. But the wind, with gusts as high as 40 mile per hour, will continue, imperiling tree limbs and power lines.

Shortly before 6 a.m, the Jersey Central Power &  Light outage website showed 34 Little Silver customers without electricity; fewer than 5 in Red Bank; and none in Fair Haven.

Meantime, a state of emergency issued Wednesday by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy remained in effect.

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RED BANK: MURPHY DECLARES ‘EMERGENCY’

Autumn 2020, meet winter. Ice and fallen leaves shared space alongside Harding Road in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon as the first flakes of an expected snowstorm began coming down.

The National Weather Service dialed back its snow accumulation forecast for the area that includes the Greater Red Bank Green to about three inches by late Thursday morning. It had earlier forecast a total of four or five inches.

Still, with a “significant winter storm” expected to hit northern part of the state with higher totals, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency beginning at 2 p.m. one hour after an early release of state government employees.

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ON THE GREEN: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM STORM

A briny mixture to inhibit ice was sprayed onto the roadway on McCarter Avenue in Fair Haven Tuesday in advance of a snowstorm expected on the Greater Red Bank Green starting Wednesday evening.

Though the storm could drop 16 inches elsewhere in New Jersey, the Red Bank region will likely see four or five inches by late Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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RED BANK: SNOW PARKING ALERT ISSUED

A roofer’s torch generates heat haze on the roof of a building being readied for a gym at Maple Avenue and White Street in Red Bank Tuesday.

Heat and a good roof will come in handy Wednesday, when the Greater Red Bank Green is expected to get hit with the first snowstorm of the season, according to forecasts.

In advance, Red Bank’s government issued a parking alert to residents Tuesday.

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FAIR HAVEN: ART FOR ALL SEASONS & WEATHER

A new season began last week, which means it’s time for fresh mural on the side of Fair Haven Hardware in Fair Haven. As always, Jim Fitzmaurice of Rumson was on location Friday, creating his latest traffic-calming landscape.

The week ahead promises to bring a palette of seasonally appropriate weather to the Greater Red Bank Green, ranging from clammy to cool and dry. See the extended forecast below.
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RED BANK: WINTER MARCHES TOWARD SPRING

red bank marine park ice 022920A thin layer of ice – an infrequent sight this unseasonably warm and almost snowless winter – covered a puddle in Marine Park in Red Bank Saturday morning.

The first work week of March will bring more springlike conditions, with sunshine and a peak temperature in the high 50s Monday, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: FORECAST HAS SPRING IN ITS STEP

Red Bank West front impatiens Impatiens on West Front Street in Red Bank seemed to signal an early spring last week.

This week’s weather on the Greater Red Bank Green will indeed be more springlike than wintry, with warmish temperatures and drizzles in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Check it out below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER NOT TOO FOUL

A seagulls and waterfowl made the most of foul weather on the Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday.

Beginning Friday, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for a string of partly-to-mostly sunny days through Monday, Washington’s Birthday. Peak daytime temperatures Friday and Saturday will be colder than we’ve seen recently, but rise Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: DAMP START TO WORKWEEK

little silver creek Little Silver Creek at the foot of Prospect Avenue in Little Silver mirrored a painterly sky Sunday afternoon.

Another workweek begins on a damp note, with a high chance of rain Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: DREARY, DAMP, AND NOW, WINDY

A pair of deer seen wandering Locust Avenue in Red Bank near the Bellhaven wetlands Thursday afternoon

A string of wet, dreary days continued with heavy fog Friday morning, along with a National Weather Service warning of possible strong winds through 7 p.m., with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Sunshine was expected to return Saturday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: GROUNDHOGS SEE EARLY SPRING

punxstawney phil groundhogPunxsutawney Phil may not have the best track record as a forecaster. But he did not see his shadow Sunday, which tradition says is indicative of an early spring.

Closer to the Greater Red Bank Green, Milltown Mel, using an identical forecasting model, came to the same conclusion.

Meantime, the workweek gets off to a spring-ish start Monday, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures peaking in the high 50s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Visual by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

NWS tweet 013120A tweet from the National Weather Service‘s regional operation in Mount Holly early Friday morning.

What’s to hate? OK, so the outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes cloudy skies Friday and Saturday. But sunshine returns for Super Bowl Sunday, and peak temperatures hover in the mid-40s throughout. Could be worse.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: CLOUDY START TO WORKWEEK

little silver markham school gazebo fog 012520.JPGFog settles in around Markham Place School in Little Silver Saturday evening, after hours of rain left a reflective layer of water in the gazebo.

The workweek gets off to a cloudy start Monday, with peak daytime temperatures in the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL

red bank count basie 012320CEO Adam Philipson led a hard-hat-wearing contingent on tour of new facilities under construction at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank Thursday. Opening dates for the expansion are still under wraps.

Meantime, while rigid headwear may not be needed, a hard rain’s gonna fall on Greater Red Bank Green Saturday. Up to two inches is expected, along with strong winds, before sunshine returns Sunday, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: WEEK BEGINS WITH SUNSHINE

red bank broad st snow 011820A wet snow fell on the Greater Red Bank Green Saturday, but nearly all of the slight accumulation vanished as temperatures rose into the 40s Sunday, according to the National Weather Service

Monday’s outlook is for sunshine and temperatures peaking in the low 30s, and there’s lots of sunshine expected in coming days. Check out the forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: SIGNS OF WINTER SCENE HERE

fair haven jim fitzmaurice muralfair haven jim fitzmaurice muralAs he does with each change of season, artist Jim Fitzmaurice of Rumson created a mural on the side of Fair Haven Hardware in Fair Haven Thursday afternoon. His latest tableau depicts ice skaters on a pond surrounded by snow.

Nature is expected to deliver its own version of winter to the Greater Red Bank Green in coming days. Though freezing temperatures Friday are unlikely to produce much ice on local waters, the area could get a bit of snow and sleet Saturday.

Here’s the extended forecast. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: THIS WEEK’S WEATHER FORECAST

red bank snow 010620The Greater Red Bank Green awoke to a light coating of snow Monday morning, the first of 2020.

The area could see another dusting Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Meantime, Monday’s outlook includes  a gradual return of the sun and peak temperatures in the mid-40s. 

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RED BANK: SNOW ACCUMULATION UNLIKELY

While the northwest portion of New Jersey may get a taste of wintry weather Monday and Tuesday, the Greater Green is likely to see little effect, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow and rain may fall Monday night, but with little or no accumulation in the outlook. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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