The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Crandon Lakes, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Crandon Lakes, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Crandon Lakes, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top U.S. sports betting headlines, highlighting some fresh news, and rounding up key stories.Top stories around our...
It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top U.S. sports betting headlines, highlighting some fresh news, and rounding up key stories.
In Maryland, Ohio, and Massachusetts, there’s new discussion seemingly every week about their upcoming sports betting expansion or launches. Operators and the public have significant interest in a triumvirate that represents a huge step forward for easy access to legal wagering, as combined they have a population of about 25 million (or at least 5 million more than New York, which has spun heads with its level of new mobile wagering in 2022).
In Maryland, which already has retail wagering, state officials dangled hope this week that the digital version could be available in November, and if not then, almost certainly by December. That would be right before things get started Jan. 1 for both mobile and retail in Ohio, where regulators have been issuing sports betting service provider licenses for companies such as Caesars and PointsBet.
Officials in Massachusetts, where legislators acted more recently to legalize, finally figured out on Friday a tentative schedule for both retail and mobile launches early next year, with the physical sportsbooks to open first.
Massachusetts: After a marathon meeting on Thursday and protracted one today, the MGC voted to launch retail sports betting in "late January" and online sports wagering in "early March."
All three of those states’ additions to the sports betting industry are big news, but those aren’t the only developments our national staff is focused on. This past week’s stories across multiple sites show the spectrum of issues we’re on top of.
Kambi Group and PENN Entertainment have reached an agreement to begin migrating the sports wagering platform from Kambi to PENN’s proprietary platform. The online migration will begin during the third quarter of 2023, while the retail migration is expected to take place at some point in 2024. Both parties will continue to collaborate on additional launches of Barstool Sportsbook during the transition period.
The agreement also covers ongoing revenue-sharing payments for both online and retail wagering throughout both migrations. Kambi will receive a one-time payment of $12.5 million for early termination and a $15 million payment for transition services. The pair have launched operations in 15 states, spanning 13 online launches and 25 at retail properties.
PENN Entertainment CEO Jay Snowden said in a statement, “Kambi’s well-proven, high-quality technology and services have empowered PENN as we pursued our differentiated sports betting strategy, and I’m pleased to have secured our partnership to ensure a seamless transition for both companies.”
— Chris Altruda
The federal government and a Florida parimutuel this week filed briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the ongoing case between West Flagler and Associates and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Three days after the DOI filed its brief, West Flagler filed a brief affirming its belief that the DOI should never have approved the Seminole Tribes’ compact with the state of Florida because the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act does not allow for gaming off tribal lands, nor does it contemplate digital wagering. “IGRA does not authorize the Secretary to approve a compact that purports to authorize gaming off Indian lands,” lawyers wrote.
In its approval, the DOI did not actively approve the compact, but rather let a deadline pass and allowed the compact to become “deemed approved.” West Flagler’s lawyers went on to argue that the Seminole compact would violate UIGEA, the Wire Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act.
— Jill R. Dorson
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (Caesars Sportsbook) announced Thursday that it had submitted a mobile sports betting license application in Maryland, and that female and minority partners will hold a 40% ownership interest in the mobile license. Maryland legislation stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the state’s sports betting industry.
“Caesars’ success in bringing on significant minority ownership in their sports wagering program is tangible proof that the General Assembly’s intentional pursuit to create diversity in new markets can be successful,” Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne A. Jones said in a press release.
The application for Caesars Sportsbook will be reviewed by the Maryland Lottery as well as the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission after the mobile application window closes on Oct. 21.
— Bennett Conlin
FanDuel became Gaming Society’s first sportsbook partner with Thursday’s announcement that it would sponsor the upstart sports betting outfit’s weekly NFL-focused newsletter.
As noted in a press release, “responsibly onboarding more women to the betting category” is a priority for both companies, which are led by female CEOs Amy Howe (FanDuel) and Jaymee Messler (Gaming Society).
“Leading into this season, we found that nearly two-thirds of female NFL fans in live sportsbook states were aware of FanDuel,” said Howe. “We are excited to be the first sports betting operator to partner with Gaming Society. FanDuel knows that women are sports fans, and we want to tap into already established communities that are seeking out sports betting content in environments that speak directly to them.”
— Mike Seely
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin had its revised compact approved by the federal Department of the Interior and published in the Federal Register Oct. 5, paving the way for the tribe to open a retail sportsbook at its Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.
Additionally, according to WLUK TV, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community and the state of Wisconsin agreed to an amended gaming compact to allow for the tribe to open a sportsbook at its Mole Lake Casino & Lodge in Crandon. The revised compact must still be approved by DOI and published in the Federal Register. The Menominee and Skaogon tribes are the fifth and sixth tribes to sign agreements with the state to open sportsbooks on tribal lands.
— Ted Dahlstrom
WHAT’S WRONG IN YOUR WALLET?: Regulators fine three more sports betting operators for credit card use [Radio Iowa]
MORE SKULDUGGERY: South Dakota: Deadwood casino, worker lose licenses for proxy bets [CDC Gaming Reports]
AUSSIES TIGHTENING UP ON ADS: Three Australian sporting franchises sign agreements to steer clear of sports betting ads at games [Inside Asian Gaming]
HE SHOOTS AND iSCORES!: BetMGM launches NHL-themed iGaming titles [CDC Gaming Reports]
.@BetMGM today launched @NHL-branded casino games including roulette, blackjack, baccarat and the new live Money Wheel game, Dream Catcher. All games are available to players in New Jersey, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Michigan. pic.twitter.com/CG5yudRelw
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Sightline Payments wagers that $300 million collaboration will increase access to cashless payments [CDC Gaming Reports]
HOPING NOT TO GAMBLE WITH THEIR LIVES: Kindbridge partners with NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation for first-of-its-kind mental health program [Kindbridge]
THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Nevada Gaming Control Board appoints Kristi Torgerson as new chief of the Enforcement Division [Yogonet]
Strong thunderstorms have started to fire up in eastern Pennsylvania, and many cells are moving across New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a series of severe thunderstorm warnings along with flash flood warnings because of heavy downpours.More than 34,000 homes and businesses across the Garden State have lost power as of 4:30 p.m., according to ...
Strong thunderstorms have started to fire up in eastern Pennsylvania, and many cells are moving across New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a series of severe thunderstorm warnings along with flash flood warnings because of heavy downpours.
More than 34,000 homes and businesses across the Garden State have lost power as of 4:30 p.m., according to power outage reports from the major utility companies. Most of the outages are in Ocean, Monmouth and Hunterdon counties -- areas that have been hit hard by today’s storms.
The stormy weather has also sparked flight delays at Newark Liberty International Airport. As of 4:30 p.m., Newark was reporting departure delays of 45 to 60 minutes, while inbound flights were being delayed at their points of origin for about 4 hours, according to the FlightAware website, which tracks flight delays across the nation.
Almost 3 inches of rain was reported in Toms River this afternoon, and wind gusts of 60 mph were reported in Beach Haven, 51 mph at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, 50 mph in Mystic Island, 47 mph in Ocean Gate and 41 mph in Lyndhurst.
The National Weather Service has received reports of widespread street flooding in Monmouth County, with many roads closed in Middletown, a vehicle under water in Colts Neck and a driver stranded in flood waters in Eatontown. Flooding has also forced the closure of roads in Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright.
A house fire was reported in the Far Hills area of Somerset County as thunderstorms were pounding the area, but it was not immediately known if lightning sparked the blaze.
The first of several severe thunderstorm warnings of the day was issued at 1:30 p.m. for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties and remained in effect until 2:15 p.m. The weather service said a storm cell that was moving across those areas of the state was packing wind gusts of 60 mph and small hail. (See updates below)
Update (5:55 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties, effective until 6:30 p.m.
Update (5:45 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Sussex County, effective until 6:30 p.m.
Update (5:30 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Ocean and Salem counties, effective until 6:15 p.m.
Update (5 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, effective until 5:30 p.m.
Update (4 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Morris and Somerset counties, effective until 4:15 p.m.
Update (3:55 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northwestern Union County and west-central Essex County, effective until 4:45 p.m. Watch out for winds as strong as 60 mph and quarter-size hail.
Update (3:50 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Burlington, Camden, Mercer and Monmouth counties, effective until 4:30 p.m.
Update (3:25 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hunterdon, Mercer and Somerset counties, effective until 4:15 p.m.
Update (3:05 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hudson County, southeastern Bergen County and New York City, effective until 3:30 p.m. In addition, a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hunterdon and Mercer counties, active through 3:30 p.m.
Update (2:50 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northern Monmouth County, effective until 3:45 p.m. (expired at 3:10 p.m.)
Update (2:25 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Monmouth and Ocean counties, effective until 3:15 p.m.
Update (2:15 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties, effective until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Watch out for wind gusts as strong as 60 mph and quarter-size hail.
Flood warnings and advisories
A flash flood warning has been issued for northwestern Burlington County in New Jersey, as well as Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, effective now through 4:15 p.m. In addition, a flash flood warning has been activated for north-central Burlington County, southern Mercer County and southeastern Bucks County, remaining in effect through 4:45 p.m.
Weather radar shows that up to 1 inch of rain has already fallen in those areas, and flash flooding is expected to start shortly.
Update (5:40 p.m.): A flood advisory has been issued for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties, effective until 8:45 p.m.
Update (5:20 p.m.): A flash flood warning has been issued for Hudson County, eastern Union County and southeastern Essex County, along with Staten Island, N.Y., effective until 6:45 p.m.
Update (5 p.m.): A flash flood warning has been issued for Sussex and Warren counties, effective until 9 p.m.
Update (4:10 p.m.): The flash flood warning for Burlington, Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties has been extended to 6:15 p.m., instead of 4:15 p.m.
Update (3:50 p.m.): A flash flood warning has been issued for Ocean County, effective until 7:45 p.m.
Update (3:40 p.m.): A flood advisory has been issued for Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties, effective until 7:45 p.m. A flood advisory is in effect for Essex, Hudson and Union counties until 6:15 p.m.
Update (3:25 p.m.): A flash flood warning has been issued for most areas of Monmouth County, effective until 7:30 p.m.
A flood advisory has been issued for the east-central region of Ocean County, effective until 6:15 p.m. The weather service says minor flooding could occur in that area, including parts of the Garden State Parkway.
A flood advisory has also been issued for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth until 5:30 p.m.
More storms on the way
More thunderstorms are expected to fire up late Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as a slow-moving cold front pushes its way across our region, and some of the heavy downpours could hamper the flow of traffic during the evening commute.
All 21 counties in New Jersey are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., and many counties are under a flash flood watch, meaning conditions are favorable for strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
The thunderstorms should bring an end to the 90-degree temperatures that have baked the state during the past four days.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of CT, DE, DC, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA until 9 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/dO1fN2Rtc8— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 31, 2019
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With 21 points in Thursday night’s 52-39 win over Columbus, Randolph junior Jorey Buwalda went over 1,000 career points, landing on 1,012 for the time being.So what does the milestone mean to the 6-footer, who also had a dozen rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the victory over the Cardinals?Not as much as you might think.“I’m going to be honest,” she said Wednesday afternoon prior to the game, “it’s cool and everything — I’m happy that I’m getting it — ...
With 21 points in Thursday night’s 52-39 win over Columbus, Randolph junior Jorey Buwalda went over 1,000 career points, landing on 1,012 for the time being.
So what does the milestone mean to the 6-footer, who also had a dozen rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the victory over the Cardinals?
Not as much as you might think.
“I’m going to be honest,” she said Wednesday afternoon prior to the game, “it’s cool and everything — I’m happy that I’m getting it — but it’s not a huge deal.
“I would take winning a state championship over 1,000 points in a heartbeat.”
She’s not kidding, either.
When asked during Wednesday’s phone interview — one in which he put the phone on speaker so that Buwalda could participate at the same time — whether he thought she’d start all over at zero for an undefeated postseason in a couple months and a gold ball to bring back to a Rockets’ trophy case loaded with those won by the boys basketball team in the early 2000s, Randolph girls coach Chad Kauffman said this:
“I’ll let her answer that, but I see a smile on her face right now. I’m sure she’d probably say the same thing.”
And Randolph has a real chance to make winning a state title a reality, too.
The Rockets advanced to the sectional finals last year and returned everyone from that team for this season, one which they’ve begun by claiming the No. 1 spot in the Division 5 coaches poll thanks to a perfect 12-0 record — with a couple of those wins coming over Div. 3 or Div. 4 teams.
Buwalda, of course, is a big reason why.
She’s averaging 19.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and is the linchpin of what the Rockets do offensively.
Her size in the paint makes a huge difference.
“Around the basket,” Kauffman said, “she has really good footwork, and she has a really soft touch — anywhere from 2 feet out to 8 feet, she’s always got good rotation on the basketball and it’s coming off the rim softly.
“She can stretch it out at times — she can shoot it from 23, 24 feet. We talk about that every once in a while; she does so much for us that I don’t care if she shoots one or two of those a game. But just her touch around the basket and her knowledge — I think that’s what makes her a great offensive player.”
Her abilities, and the attention she draws, also sets the table for her teammates.
Senior guards Abby Katsma and Presley Buwalds are averaging 9.4 and 9.2 points per game, respectively, in effect putting the Rockets at three players averaging in double-figures.
And four others — junior forward Brianne Baird, sophomore forward Lauren Grieger, sophomore guard Mya Moldenhauer and junior post Maddie DeVries — are all averaging between 4.8 points and 5.8 points per game.
All seven are capable of hurting opponents on a given possession and of having a big night, in general.
And Jorey Buwalda knows that.
“It comes down to trust,” she said of not just turning and attacking the basket every time the ball comes into her in the post because of the size advantage she does have, instead reading the defense and kicking it out or dishing it off when a better look presents itself.
“I’ve seen her mature in the leadership standpoint, understanding the game a lot more,” added Kauffman. “She works better off the ball now, getting everybody involved. She’s really matured as a basketball player.”
So, too, have the Rockets.
A young bunch for the last two seasons, they’re experienced now, mostly all upperclassmen with their eyes on the prize.
Randolph went 20-5 and lost in the regional finals in 2020, went 21-4 and lost in the sectional finals last season and now is off to a perfect start with hopes of an even deeper postseason run.
It’s why Jorey Buwalda, who’s currently seventh on the Rockets all-time scoring list, has a very real chance at taking the top spot — held by Amy Wiersma (1,608 points) — before it’s time for her to turn in her uniform for good.
“She’s got a chance to achieve some more milestones down the road,” Kauffman said, “but knowing Jorey and knowing what she wants to accomplish, those team goals are first and foremost with her.
“I know this team and what they want to accomplish — their sights are high. All those individual accolades will come as everything progresses, but they have a clear-set mind what they want to accomplish as a team. I just hope they continue down that path.”
The National Weather Service issued rare snow squall warnings for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, because heavy snow showers have been popping up in the region as an arctic front moves through, making driving conditions dangerous.The first warning was issued at 1:30 p.m. for all of Sussex County and the north-central area of Warren County, and remained in effect until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. It also included Monroe County and ce...
The National Weather Service issued rare snow squall warnings for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, because heavy snow showers have been popping up in the region as an arctic front moves through, making driving conditions dangerous.
The first warning was issued at 1:30 p.m. for all of Sussex County and the north-central area of Warren County, and remained in effect until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. It also included Monroe County and central Carbon County in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Drivers should be aware of white-out conditions occurring quickly, the weather service said, advising motorists to slow down and turn on their headlights.
UPDATE (2:35 p.m.): Another snow squall warning was issued at 2:23 p.m., covering all of Sussex County, all of Warren County and the northwestern region of Morris County. This is effective until 3:30 p.m. and also includes Carbon County, Monroe County, north-central Lehigh County and northern Northampton County in Pennsylvania.
UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): A third snow squall warning was issued at 3 p.m. for Morris County, northeastern Somerset County, north-central Monmouth County and northeastern Middlesex County, effective until 3:45 p.m. This warning area includes the Garden State Parkway between mile markers 116 and 134, Interstate 287 between mile markers 0 and 14, and between mile markers 22 and 54, Interstate 78 between mile markers 32 and 42, Interstate 80 between mile markers 28 and 48, and the New Jersey Turnpike between exits 10 in Edison and 13 in Elizabeth.
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Another snow squall warning was issued at 3:18 p.m. for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union and eastern Passaic counties, effective until 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
UPDATE (4:05 p.m.): A new snow squall warning was issued at 4 p.m. for Essex, Hudson and Union counties, along with New York City, effective until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The weather service’s New York regional office is warning drivers they could face “brief zero visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow,” along with wind gusts up to 40 mph. Snow could quickly accumulate about a half-inch to 1 inch in these areas.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m.): A new snow squall warning was issued at 4:10 p.m. for Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Warren counties in New Jersey, along with Bucks County in Pennsylvania, effective until 4:45 p.m.
UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): The National Weather Service said an area of heavy snow will be moving through parts of Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset and Warren counties now through 5:45 p.m. Driving conditions can rapidly deteriorate.
Snow squalls are intense bursts of heavy snow that move quickly and often drop a fast coating of snow on the ground, creating slick driving conditions. They also tend to bring strong winds, which blow the snow sideways, sharply reducing visibility for drivers.
Many snow squalls are short-lived, sometimes dissipating after 10 or 15 minutes, but some can last as long as an hour or even longer.
In addition to the threat of snow squalls on Wednesday, some light scattered snow showers are possible in northern and central New Jersey during the afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said. No accumulation is expected from the snow showers, but the snow squalls could drop a quick inch of snow.
New Jersey will experience a big cool-down Wednesday night after the arctic front sweeps through, with temperatures dropping into the teens and low 20s by Thursday morning. The mercury might not climb above the freezing mark of 32 degrees all day on Thursday, setting the stage for another frigid morning on Friday.
The second squall warning says “a dangerous snow squall was located along a line extending from High Point to near Crandon Lakes to near Long Pond to near Blakeslee to near Drums, moving south at 25 mph.”
Drivers in those areas can expect to face poor visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow, and wind gusts up to 30 mph, the weather service said in its warning, noting there’s a risk of “dangerous life-threatening travel.”
The warning area includes the following highways: Interstate 80 in New Jersey between mile markers 0 and 28; Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania between mile markers 278 and 314; Northeast Extension between exits A74 and A95; Interstate 380 in Pennsylvania between mile markers 0 and 13.
The squalls that moved through northern New Jersey Wednesday afternoon dropped a quick 1.3 inches of snow in the Randolph area of Morris County, according to the National Weather Service.
The Highland Lakes area of Sussex County was coasted with 0.6 inches of snow and the Mount Pocono area of northeastern Pennsylvania received a fast 1.2 inches of snow.
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For those of you who have never been, Miami is a unique experience. The different cultures that mix in the area accompanied by the free spirit of the city itself (which may or may not have something to do with drug money helping to fund the initial infrastructure. But Vegas did the same thing and everyone loves that place!) makes Miami feel unique to pretty much any other city you can visit.Ideally I recommend spending more than one weekend in Miami to get the full experience of the city. For a Georgia Tech game you will probably spen...
For those of you who have never been, Miami is a unique experience. The different cultures that mix in the area accompanied by the free spirit of the city itself (which may or may not have something to do with drug money helping to fund the initial infrastructure. But Vegas did the same thing and everyone loves that place!) makes Miami feel unique to pretty much any other city you can visit.
Ideally I recommend spending more than one weekend in Miami to get the full experience of the city. For a Georgia Tech game you will probably spend more time traveling than you realize once you get here, for reasons I will explain shortly. Try to plan accordingly, and be ready for some long nights out.
The problem with traveling for a Miami game is that there are three locations that you could target visiting as a part of your trip. There is Coral Gables, where the University of Miami campus is located. There is The City of Miami itself (which is spread out and split up in its own unique way). Finally there is the Hard Rock Stadium, which is technically closer to Fort Lauderdale than it is to Miami.
My first comment would be to avoid the campus. Usually this blog wants to highlight the unique sights on other school campuses, but Miami is the exception. Coral Gables is a private community, this means parking nearby is hard to find without a permit. Also campus security is generally not big on letting random people who are not students roam around the campus. There are ways around this, such as joining a tour, but it might be more trouble than its worth. With that we’ll focus on the City and the stadium.
Flights from Atlanta to Miami are pretty darn cheap. In the fall (the offseason for Miami) most if not all tickets are under $150, with airlines like Spirit and Frontier even offering flights for less than $100, just keep in mind the flight may be a bit less comfortable for the price decrease. Fort Lauderdale is roughly the same price for flights, so if you want to stay closer to the stadium you should book your flight and stay there.
The drive from Atlanta to Miami is 9 and a half hours without stopping if you take the Florida Turnpike which will cost you some extra dollars. The other option is to go straight down I-95 which is a 10.5 hour drive straight. This will leave you with a car, but if you’re only staying the weekend then it is probably going to be too exhausting to drive the full distance there and back.
In this case I absolutely recommend taking the flight and figuring out transportation when you get to the city. There’s plenty of inexpensive ride shares or you can rent a car with the expenses you save on the flight.
Miami is a big place, so instead of focusing on specific hotels we’re talking about places in the city to look at staying.
South Beach is the big name area in Miami. It’s the beach that gets featured in movies that take place in Miami. Not the most family friendly place, with some topless areas and strip clubs nearby, but it is definitely a tourist attraction for certain segments of the population. The beach is beautiful, many restaurants and bars, plenty of night life. Staying on South Beach is surprisingly cheap in the fall. Hotels range from $60 to $150 a night. Most of these are older establishments that don’t offer much beyond the room you are staying in, but if you want the “Hollywood” styled Miami experience (not to be confused with the actual Hollywood area of Miami) this is the place to stay.
Wynwood is a good option for a more “hipster” vibe in Miami. This is the art district with many unique cafes, restaurants, and breweries. Airbnb’s are more available in this area, but hotels will start at around $100.
If you decide to stay in Fort Lauderdale to be closer to the game, this is more the traditional tourist location. Many chain establishment restaurants with beautiful beach walks nearby. Hotels nearby the airport offer affordable options starting at around $100 per night. Fort Lauderdale has a little bit of everything, but is definitely still focused on an adult audience.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are near the Hard Rock stadium. Staying at the hotel is the same as staying at an all inclusive resort. The Hard Rock has shows, restaurants, clubs, bars, and other attractions all on the campus. It is probably the best stay for the game, but also the most expensive. Staying in the Hardrock Hotel over the weekend can run you up to $700 a night. Maybe if you’re feeling yourself you can win enough at the casino to cover the cost, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Las Olas Beach and Boulevard is more family friendly. This area is farther north in Fort Lauderdale, it features discovery museums, a nature reserve area, and a beach near a inland canal. Honestly I do not have much experience with the area, but I have heard it is one of the better spots to stay if you want to have a nice family experience in Miami.
One of the key things to remember in Miami is that it is a city of different cultures because of the ports and its location near the islands in the Gulf of Mexico. With that said, if you or one of your traveling companions can speak Spanish it will help you see a side of Miami you would not normally experience. Also I have been told that knowledge of Cuban slang is also beneficial.
Since I can’t speak Spanish, and my translator Grant is not here to help me, I am totally gonna screw up some of these words up while typing.
If you are looking for good Cuban cuisine try Versailles Restaurant or La Carreta for traditional Cuban. Versailles is one of the more well known locations in the city. Apparently when people funnel to Versailles after a big Heat win so they can grab a coffee and some food afterwards. Carreta is a chain, but it is a well known one which prides itself on its Cuban cuisine.
Speaking of Cuban cuisine there are many cafes in the area which specialize in Cuban pastries and coffee. In particular be on the lookout for Pastelitos, Quesitos, and Cafe con Leche for a more traditional Cuban morning experience.
If that’s not your thing you can always check out Mojo’s Donuts in Miami and Salty Donuts in Fort Lauderdale. These are some of the high quality donut locales similar to Sublime donuts in their quality.
Getting back to the natural beauty, Virginia Key and Crandon park are worth checking out just south of Miami. This offers many out door activities aside from just going to the beach or nature walking. golfing, swimming, kayaking, and fishing are all popular in the area.
If you can get a seat try Joe’s Stone Crab off of South Beach. It is one of the largest restaurants in America (not in terms of being a chain, the restaurant itself is just huge). Despite this Joe’s is always busy and is one of the better seafood places in the area.
As discussed before Wynwood has you covered for breweries, bars, restaurants, and art. Just spending time walking around the Wynwood area might keep you occupied for your entire trip.
You will need a parking pass if you want to tailgate at the stadium itself. the parking opens up as the day goes on so only certain sections will open up as the morning goes on. The stadium has plenty of Bars and Restaurants nearby. Try El Rey des las Fritas if you find them for a good burger with Cuban pulled pork mixed in. Definitely great gameday food.
The stadium has sections 122, 153, and 154 listed as being for visitors. Try picking up tickets in that area, although I have found that just because you sit in that area does not necessarily mean you will not be surrounded by rowdy Miami fans. Regardless, try to enjoy your game experience and your experience in Miami itself. Have a great week, Go Jackets!!!