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June 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea Could Cause Flash Flooding in Hoboken Through Saturday

NWS Precipitation Forecast June 6-9 2013 East Coast - Tropical Storm Andrea

Hoboken could see heavy rainfall and flash flooding until this Saturday as the result of Tropical storm Andrea which is currently located near Florida. The storm is predicted to dump at least several inches in the area and thus the flash flood warnings throughout New Jersey and the Metro New York area. Below is the forecast for Hoboken as of 3:50pm and the flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service….

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  • Thursday Night: Rain, mainly after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 61. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Friday Daytime: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 71. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
  • Friday Night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 63. North wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
  • Saturday Daytime: A chance of showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH

For Portions Of Southern Connecticut… Northeast New Jersey And Southeast New York…Including The Following Areas…In Southern Connecticut…Northern Fairfield…Northern Middlesex…Northern New Haven…Northern New London…Southern Fairfield…Southern Middlesex… Southern New Haven And Southern New London. In Northeast New Jersey…Eastern Bergen…Eastern Essex…Eastern Passaic… Eastern Union…Hudson…Western Bergen…Western Essex… Western Passaic And Western Union. In Southeast New York… Bronx…Kings (Brooklyn)…New York Manhattan)…Northeastern Suffolk…Northern Nassau…Northern Queens…Northern Westchester…Northwestern Suffolk…Orange…Putnam… Richmond (Staten Island)…Rockland…Southeastern Suffolk… Southern Nassau…Southern Queens…Southern Westchester And Southwestern Suffolk.

* From Friday Morning Through Saturday Afternoon.

* The Remnants Of Tropical System Andrea…Combined With A System Moving In From The West Will Bring Widespread Rain Across The Tri State Area Beginning Late Tonight And Lasting Until Saturday. Rainfall Amounts Between 2 And 4 Inches Are Forecasted…With The Heaviest Rain Expected Friday Afternoon Through Early Saturday Morning. Maximum Hourly Rates Could Reach Between 1 And 2 Inches.

* These Rainfall Amounts Could Lead To Flash Flooding Of Urban And Poor Drainage Areas…As Well As Small Stream Flash Flooding. Main Stream Rivers Should Remain Within Their Banks. It Should Be Stressed That While We Are Expecting A Prolonged Period Of Rainfall…The Main Concern During This Time Period Will Be Flashy Responses Across The Urban Areas And Small Streams.

 

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April 6, 2013

Hoboken Spring – Will it Ever Truly Arrive? – Outdoor Café Spaces Remain Empty Due to Cold

Filed under: Hoboken,Restaurants,Weather — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:05 PM

Mikie Squared Outdoor Seating Hoboken

As of April 1st, Hoboken allows outdoor seating for any restaurant and bar that has the permits for it. However, given this year’s cold spring to date much of the outdoor seating remains unused except for a few hearty folks. Once the weather does warm up Hoboken’s main streets should be buzzing with the outdoor café feel that make it one of New Jersey’s tourist destination spots, especially on weekends. In order to help Hoboken recover from Hurricane Sandy it would have been nice for these businesses to get a bit of a break but instead the cold continues. Mother Nature has been most unkind to Hoboken in the last three years with Snowmageddon 2010, Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.

What ever happened to that prediction from Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd that said spring was only 6 weeks away since he did not see his shadow? Some have remarked online that this groundhog should be sued for false advertising. In fact an Ohio based prosecutor Mike Gmoser has done just that, sued the allegedly lying Punxsutawney Phil for “misrepresenting an early spring.” This should not be taking too seriously though. Read more here: http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/national/2013/03/22/lawyer-sues-groundhog-punxsutawney-phil-seeks-death-penalty-for-being-dirty-liar/. All joking aside, I do think the death penalty for the fury rodent is a bit harsh. Where is Bob Barker when you need him?

The truth is long term weather forecasting isn’t reliable due to the complexities of weather and our current ability to model it effectively. So putting stock in a rodent as the harbinger of Spring should not surprise anyone when the forecast runs afoul. Perhaps monkeys shooting darts might be just as reliable. Anyway, here is hoping for a chnage in the weather soon. Hoboken’s diners could sure use it and Hoboken 411 is getting fatigued from blaming Mayor Zimmer for it. Even political mercenaries have their limits. Before you know Summer will be here. It time for Mother Nature to give us a break. Anyone up for a pagan weather dance?

Its Greek to Me Outdoor Seating Hoboken

Ayame Outdoor Seating Hoboken

Robonji Outdoor Seating Hoboken

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February 10, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Hudson Street Post Winter Storm Nemo

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,Weather — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:45 PM

Hudson Street Hoboken Post Nemo 2013

This photo taken yesterday on Hudson Street highlights the beauty of a good winter storm in Hoboken.

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February 8, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo Live Blog – Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:15 PM

Winter Storm Nemo Live Blog - TheBoken NJ News Commons

For the latest updates on the winter storm Nemo, come back to www.TheBoken.com for the live storm blog courtesy of NJ News Commons. Send your pics to TheBoken@gmail.com if you would like to share your storm photos.

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Hoboken Winter Storm Nemo – Photos and Video

Filed under: Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 7:45 AM

Here are a few photos and video from Hoboken’s first real winter storm this season….

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Photos Hoboken Snow Storm – Nemo 2-8-2013:

Video: Hoboken During Winter Storm Nemo 2-8-2013 3pm

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February 7, 2013

PSE&G Tips and Preparation for Nor’easter Nemo Forecasted to hit Hoboken Area

Filed under: Hoboken,PSEG,Weather — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 6:05 PM

Here is an update from PSE&G on the upcoming Snow Storm forecasted to hi the City of Hoboken and surrounding area tomorrow:

PSE&G Prepares for Nor’easter

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Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep customers informed during severe weather events, PSE&G is providing the following information:

PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of the approaching nor’easter and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and strong winds to our service territory. At this time, the storm is expected to begin impacting New Jersey on Friday and continue through Saturday, with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area on Friday night.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is taking the following steps to ensure that it is ready to respond to what may be widespread power outages:

  • Ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning Friday
  • Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce
  • Ensuring that additional supplies, such as poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand
  • Ensuring that all vehicles are fueled and ready to go
  • Testing generators at utility locations
  • Coordinating with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts

Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow, icing and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Cars striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down. In addition, cold weather can affect the number of calls received from customers with insufficient or no heat.

Depending on the severity of the storm, response times for both electric and gas emergency services may be longer than usual. PSE&G asks for our customers’ patience and cooperation as we work to safely restore service as quickly as possible.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-7734 (1-800-436-PSEG) . PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, we ask that you speak with a representative to provide that information.

Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com.

General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather. In addition, if outages are widespread, PSE&G will activate its Twitter page to keep the public informed about restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at http://twitter.com/psegdelivers to monitor restoration progress.

This storm clearly has the potential to interrupt service, and customers should prepare for the possibility of long outages. PSE&G offers the following tips:

DOWNED POWER LINES
Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.

CUSTOMERS WITH LIFE-SUSTAINING EQUIPMENT
Individuals who rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining electronic equipment, such as a respirator or dialysis machine, should pre-register with PSE&G to receive priority attention in the event of an outage. To request the service, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG. They should also inform their rescue squads and fire departments of their needs, in case of emergency. Even though customers with life-sustaining equipment who have registered with PSE&G will receive priority attention during outages, they should also have emergency back-up equipment on hand, since immediate restoration cannot be guaranteed.

IF YOU LOSE POWER
First check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check your fuse box for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If that’s not the problem, look outside at the wire between your house and the utility pole. If it is down, report it immediately to PSE&G.

GENERAL TIPS
Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:

  • A battery powered radio.
  • A corded telephone. (Cordless phones will not work if the power is out.)
  • Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
  • A non-electric can opener.
  • Matches and candles with holders.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.
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City of Hoboken Blizzard Warning and Discounted Garage Parking Information

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:45 PM

From the City of Hoboken on the possible upcoming winter storm starting tomorrow…

CITY OF HOBOKEN BLIZZARD WARNING & DISCOUNTED GARAGE PARKING

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for our area which is in effect from Friday 6:00am through Saturday 1:00pm. Damaging winds and snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches with localized higher amounts are possible.

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Residents are encouraged to monitor the City website, www.hobokennj.org or sign up to receive free email or text updates by visiting www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

For emergencies, call 911 or the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100. Downed power lines should be reported to 911.

Emergency Snow Routes

Residents are reminded not to park along emergency snow routes. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” When streets are snow covered, no parking is permitted on these streets (a snow emergency does not need to be declared). Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes are subject to towing. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. A list and map of emergency snow routes is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/snow.

Keeping Sidewalks Clear

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties. It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants. The City is responsible for clearing sidewalks around City-owned properties.

The City performs proactive inspections and also relies on citizen complaints to help us identify those property owners that are not meeting sidewalk safety requirements. The vast majority of property owners comply with these regulations, but the City will issue fines to those who do not keep sidewalks clear.

Reporting Problems

To report an unplowed street, unshoveled sidewalk, or other problem, residents can submit an online complaint via www.hoboken311.com. During normal business hours, they can also call the Department of Environmental Services at 201-420-2012.

Discounted Garage Parking

Due to the predicted storm, a special rate of $5 per 24 hour period is being offered in Garages B (28 2nd Street) and D (215 Hudson Street) to residents with a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard beginning at 8am on Friday, February 8 through 8am on Sunday, February 10. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who possess either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular rates apply at other times.

Residents who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00 in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.

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November 13, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Elysian Café in Snow

Filed under: Elysian Cafe,Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,Weather — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 7:50 AM

Elyisian Cafe Snow HDR

The Elysian Café located at 10th and Washington Street and a Favorite hangout of TheBoken.com was one of the generous restaurants that gave discounted food during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Not only that, the owner who also owns Amanda’s gave out free gourmet food at that establishment as well. This photo is de- saturated and uses HDR techniques and was taken during our first snow storm of the 2012-2013 Winter season.

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November 8, 2012

Photos of the Day – Snowboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,Weather — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 8:35 AM

Here are some night time photos of Hoboken during our first Nor’Easter with snow for the 2012-2013 winter season….

Hoboken During Nor'Easter 11-7-2012

Hoboken During Nor'Easter 11-7-2012

Hoboken During Nor'Easter 11-7-2012

Hoboken During Nor'Easter 11-7-2012

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November 7, 2012

It’s Snowing in Hoboken – Snow, Sleet and Rain Expected Today and Tomorrow

Filed under: Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 12:10 PM

It has just starting to rain in Hoboken. This time the storm is expected to be a mix of snow, sleet and rain and with high winds. The good news is little accumulation is expected. The bad news is it is cold and damp and there are many people without heat due to all the flooding damaging boilers and HVAC units due Hurricane Sandy. Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service as of 12:05pm today:

This Afternoon: Rain and snow. High near 40. Windy, with a north wind around 26 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: Rain and sleet before 5am, then sleet, possibly mixed with rain and snow. Low around 34. Windy, with a north wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday: Rain and snow likely before 2pm, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday Night: Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

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