Beach Haven Tops the Wind Gust Register 

Feb 27, 2019

Dangerous winds swept across the area late Sunday through Monday afternoon, and according to the state climatology office at Rutgers University, Beach Haven recorded the highest gust in the state with 60 miles per hour.

A gust of 59 miles per hour was recorded in Tuckerton, which tied for the second highest with Newark Airport. Harvey Cedars and the Lanoka Harbor section of Lacey Township both had gusts of 55 miles per hour while the North Beach Haven section of Long Beach Township had a burst of wind clocked at 48 miles per hour.

Jason Franklin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, said most of the peak wind gusts were recorded between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday.

“There were steady winds during the day Monday, but not as bad as it was late Sunday night,” he said. “Once the sun went down, the winds died down considerably.”

He said the area also experienced blow-out tides in the bay.

“That happens when you have persistent offshore winds,” he said. “All that wind blows the water away from the shore, and you get large sandy areas that are normally covered by water.”

“That wind really cranked up late Sunday,” said Harvey Cedars Police Chief Robert Burnaford. “There were a couple of downed wires and some garbage cans rolling around in the road, but other than that, we didn’t get any major problems.” E.E. 

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