Blowout in Delaware River yesterday. Photo taken in Pennsville of Cooks family on river bed

Blowout Tide along Delaware River captured on camera in Pennsville yesterday

Above: A family in Pennsville poses for a photo during yesterday’s blowout tide in the Delaware River

Blowout Tide phenomenon along Delaware River yesterday 1/19/16

“A blowout tide occurs when west-northwest winds blow water out of a waterway, producing unusually low tides,” according to the National Weather Service.

The Delaware River’s low tide was at approximately 2:27 PM yesterday Tuesday January 19, which was followed by the blowout tide. The drastically low water level in the area just North of Fort Mott lasted till about 4:40 PM when the low tide came back in at normal depth. Conditions aligned perfectly yesterday afternoon producing the huge displacement in tidal water.

The river’s edge, where the photographer was standing during the photo, is normally anywhere ranging between 1 foot to 6-8 feet deep. During the weather phenomenon yesterday afternoon, the water receded approximately 125-150 yards from the coastline.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management released this statement via Facebook yesterday

A “blowout tide” is a literal term for what oceanographers call a “wind setdown” when water is blown away from shore.
That is what is occurring here today here in New Jersey. Check out this article about Southern Ocean County and see the special weather advisory below.

FEMA issued a Special Weather Statement for Camden, Mercer, Gloucester, Salem, and Burlngton counties. Philadelphia will also be affected.
A strong west to northwest wind will continue across the tidal Delaware this afternoon and into early tonight.
This will contribute to lower than normal Water level in the tidal Delaware River with the upcoming low tide. These low water levels may create navigation problem through the early evening.

This will contribute to lower than normal Water level in the tidal Delaware River with the upcoming low tide. These low water levels may create navigation problem through the early evening.

We will continue to keep an eye on the possible winter weather events for the weekend that could bring snow accumulations and flooding.
Always know the latest weather information for your area.
REMINDER: NJ is covered by two different weather stations: Mount Holly, NJ for most of the State and Upton, NY for the NE part of the State. For Northeast NJ residents and commuters to/from NYC, please visit:http://www.weather.gov/okx/. For the rest of New Jersey please visit:http://www.weather.gov/phi/.

 

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