Northern Ocean County was spared from the worst of a line of storms that, at one point, had prompted a tornado watch to be put in place throughout much of the state. The area experienced – and, at the time this article is being posted, still experiencing – occasional heavy rain in between lighter showers, with some lightning.
Fortunately, the worst of the storm fizzled before reaching the coast. But while the system was inching closer to the region around 6 p.m., sunny skies rapidly gave way to cloud cover. The clouds roared across Barnegat Bay, an ominous warning to residents who had been expecting a major threat. We quickly caught some of the clouds as they moved in and put together a time lapse video of nature’s impending wrath from a few different angles. (Note: ad blocking software may cause videos to fail to load.)
According to the National Weather Service, a chance of rain and thunderstorms would continue overnight between Monday and Tuesday, giving way to a period of patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, forecasters are predicting a partly sunny day with a high near 80 degrees and a southwest wind 10 to 15 m.p.h.