Ocean City Dodges Storms on Tuesday Evening

first_imgFlooding from a summer storm on Thursday (July 10) in Ocean City, NJ, covered streets and swamped cars.Despite National Weather Service watches for severe thunderstorms and flash floods throughout the region on Tuesday evening, Ocean City weathered the storm with no major rainfall, wind or hail.In a special weather statement issued on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service had warned that a line of powerful thunderstorms could pass over coastal New Jersey between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 15).The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Ocean City through 9 p.m. Tuesday and a flash flood watch remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday.Forecasters predicted 1 to 3 inches or more of rain could fall in a brief period of time and that the storm could be accompanied by lightning, damaging wind and hail.But by the time the severe thunderstorm watch was lifted at 9 p.m. less than a half-inch of rain had fallen in Ocean City after a brief round of thunderstorms passed. Areas of Ocean County appeared to be hit much harder with heavy rain.A “severe” thunderstorm includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph and/or hail of at least one inch in diameter, according to NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon. A “watch” indicates possibility/likelihood, while a “warning” indicates the actual presence or imminent threat.Ocean City saw extensive street flooding in a summer storm that dumped about 4 inches of rain in a few hours on Thursday, July 10.The storms on Tuesday night passed at a mid-tide. Low tide on the flood-prone bay side of Ocean City came at 5:31 p.m. and high tide at 11:41 p.m.The Mummers Night entertainment on the Ocean City Boardwalk scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday was cancelled due to the weather.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Google is releasing a number of cloud database imp

first_imgGoogle is releasing a number of cloud database improvements this week aimed at accelerating cloud-native database innovation. Key improvements include commit timestamps for Cloud Spanner, the beta of Cloud Bigtable replication, the beta version of Cloud Memorystore for Redis, and Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL.“Every application has to store and access operational data, usually in a database. Managed database services can help you ship apps faster and reduce operational toil so you can focus on what makes your business successful and unique,” Dominic Preuss, director of product management, wrote in a blog post. “Google Cloud has a strategy of providing managed database services for your favorite open source data stores as well as proprietary technologies developed at Google over the years.”The commit timestamps for Cloud Spanner feature is designed to determine the exact order of mutations and build changelogs. Cloud Spanner is the company’s distributed relational database that was announced last year. The beta version of Google Cloud Bigtable replication is rolling out this week, and is expected to be available to all customers by next month. It is designed to provide higher availability, additional read throughput, higher durability and resilience in the face of zonal failures, according to the company. “With the click of a button, you can now replicate your Cloud Bigtable data set asynchronously across zones within a GCP region, providing a scalable, fully managed, replicated wide-column database service for when low latency, random data access and scalability are critical,” Preuss wrote. The beta version of Cloud Memorystore for Redis is expected to roll out on May 9th. According to Google, this will allow users to migrate applications with zero code changes. It removes the operational overhead to setting up as it provides an easier way to deploy what the application needs. “Redis can be deployed as a standalone instance or replicated for high-availability. Cloud Memorystore removes the operational overhead to setting up and managing these instances so it’s easy to deploy what your application needs,” Preuss explained. Lastly, the company announced Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL is now available. Cloud SQL is the company’s fully-managed database service for MySQL databases. Google explained that support for PostgreSQL was the number one database request among users. Since the beta period, Google has added high availability and replication, performance improvements, and support for 19 additional extensions. In addition, Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL will run standard open-source PostgreSQL. Any improvements Google makes to the technology, it plans to replace it back to the PostgreSQL community. “Your data grows and changes and your database should grow along with it—in engine choice, in scope, in features, in reliability and in ease of use,”  wrote Preuss. “Our goal is to offer the most complete suite of managed database services to keep your data accessible, more secure and available, and let you focus on your business.”last_img read more