A Front passed through last evening bringing some sweet relief to the Island in the form of cooling Northwest Wind. The magic wind of Autumn that animates creatures of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy the morning because it is just a taste. We are about to be hit with a possibly terribly annoying Northeast pattern that could shred our hopes of memorably beautiful September. There is a small chance the early days of this pattern will show us clear blue-green waters and cause a final Dolphin frenzy along the Shore, but it looks more likely we will have too much of a good thing and we will soon be begging for it to end.
The strong Northeast could easily wreck our accumulation of mega-menhaden and thus wreck our Gratuitous Whale Extravaganza. At the very least, it will compromise our visibility by making the entire Ocean look like spouting Whales. It could also slow the flow of Raptor season and discourage Bald Eagles, Peregrines, and migrating Osprey from stopping at the LBI Hotel for a little rest and a lot of nom nom. On the upside, the first good spat of West/Northwest Winds after this Northeast Nasty could be an explosion of Wildlife fueled by pent-up demand.