Cape May Light

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Cape May Light

Location: Delaware Bay entrance on New Jersey's southern tip near Cape May Point, NJ
Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Cape May Light

The location of the light is Delaware Bay entrance on New Jersey's southern tip. The nearest city is Cape May Point, NJ. The station was first established in 1823. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1859.

The lighthouse is a white tower with a red cupola.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 165 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 24 nautical miles. The tower height is 165 ft. The light has a period of 16 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 155 (U.S.)

The present lighthouse is the 3rd on the Point. The lighthouse was built similar to Absecon and Barnegat Lighthouses. Cape May Point State Park in Cape May County is comprised of 190 acres of fresh water wetlands adjacent to the ocean. Situated on New Jersey's southern tip.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 16 second period, the light is on for less than 8 then off for more than 8.

Source: USBeacons

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:42 am
Sunrise: 7:15 am
Sunset: 5:08 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:41 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

Small Craft Advisory is in effect until January 24 at 6:00PM EST by NWS
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST WEDNESDAY... * Location...The Delaware and New Jersey coastal waters. * Winds...South 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt becoming west late this afternoon through Wednesday. Isolated/brief gale-force wind gusts are possible today. * Seas...4 to 7 feet.

Additional Conditions.

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