Ocean temperatures very warm this summer

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Warm ocean temperatures off the New Jersey coast do not increase the likelihood of a hurricane

OCEAN CITY — Since Memorial Day weekend, bathers have enjoyed unusually warm ocean temperatures.

Jim Eberwine, retired from the United States Weather Bureau, has studied records dating back to 1912 chronicling ocean temperatures. He said the average temperature from June through September is likely to top last year’s unusually high average of 72.7 degrees.

Speaking to a large crowd at the Ocean City Tabernacle about storms and hurricanes on Thursday, Aug. 16 for “A Time to Remember, a Time to Prepare,” Eberwine said this year could be one for the record books depending on what happens in the next six weeks.

“This year. we are off to a tremendous start,” he said. “June and July were going through the roof.”

Eberwine, a non-active U.S. Marine who once served as the personal weatherman to former President Richard Nixon, provides weather support to local emergency management agencies throughout the region. A former jet pilot, he said he “honed his weather skills” in the Navy.

Ocean temperatures have dipped a bit in the past week, he said, but were hitting highs of 84 and 85 degrees from Cape May to Sandy Hook through July. Big game fish like Wahoo are running, he noted, and you don’t have to go out to the Canyon to catch them.

“They’re coming closer to shore,” he said. Even though water temperatures along the shoreline have dipped, he said, temperatures recorded offshore are still “very warm.”

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