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The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (Morris County) on August 24th. While August 22nd rain proved beneficial, the water level is normally higher. Photo taken by D. Robinson.
The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (Morris County) on August 24th. While August 22nd rain proved beneficial, the water level is normally higher. Photo taken by D. Robinson.

Much like this past July, August was a hotter and drier month than normal. Despite a June with rather close-to-normal numbers, the two most recent months brought the summer temperature and precipitation to top-10 levels for hot and dry conditions. More on summer ’22 later in this report, but first to discuss is a record hot and quite dry August.

The August average temperature of 77.4° was 3.8° above the 1991–2020 normal, ranking as the hottest on record. Eight of the ten warmest Augusts since 1895 have occurred since 2001. The average maximum of 88.5° was 4.7° above normal, the hottest on record, while the average minimum of 66.2° was 2.9° above normal, tied for 5th warmest. North Jersey averaged 75.7° (+3.8°, warmest on record), the south 78.4° (+3.8°, warmest on record), and the coast 77.9° (+3.2°, 3rd warmest).

Statewide, August precipitation averaged 2.61”, which is 1.96” below normal, ranking as the 22nd driest. The north came in at 2.31” (-2.25”, 18th driest), south 2.82” (-1.75”, 29th driest), and coast 2.54” (-2.06”, 25th driest). As the map shows, virtually the entire state had a monthly total below the statewide 4.57” normal. Exceptions were found in isolated west central and central coastal areas where several storms quickly deposited hefty totals. Less than half the normal monthly rainfall fell in a good portion of the north and in scattered areas of the south and north coast.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Point Pleasant, NJ 62
Atlantic City Marina, NJ 62
Harvey Cedars, NJ 62
West Cape May, NJ 61
Cape May Court House, NJ 60
City, State Temp
Vernon Twp., NJ 48
High Point Monument, NJ 49
High Point, NJ 52
Wantage, NJ 53
Hopewell Twp., NJ 54
most current information as of Oct 2 11:10 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

54°F

Wind

6 mph from the NE

Wind Gust

13 mph from the NNE

Rain and Breezy
59 °F
Rain Likely then Chance Rain
46 °F
Chance Rain
59 °F
Chance Rain
45 °F
Chance Rain
57 °F
Chance Rain
48 °F
Chance Rain then Mostly Sunny
70 °F
Mostly Clear
49 °F
Sunny
76 °F
Partly Cloudy
52 °F
Sunny
73 °F
Mostly Clear
45 °F
Sunny
61 °F

Today

Rain, mainly after noon. High near 59. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain, mainly after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A chance of rain before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 61.

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Trees and grass impacted by excessively dry conditions on Livingston Campus at Rutgers University in Piscataway (Middlesex County). Photo taken by D. Robinson on August 1st.

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April 2013 Summary and 2012-2013 Snow Season Recap

May 4, 2013 - 12:00am -- Dave Robinson

April sea breeze map

While many wondered if spring would ever arrive across the Garden State, the average April temperature was actually close to the long-term mean. At 51.5°, the month was 0.3° above average, ranking as the 35th mildest April since statewide records were established in 1895. Using the central NJ city of New Brunswick as an example, 16 days were above average, 12 below, and two spot on average.

A Chilly Start to Spring: March 2013

April 7, 2013 - 12:00am -- Dave Robinson

While the core of the winter season (December-February) averaged quite a bit milder than usual across New Jersey (see winter summary in the February narrative), the broader cool season began with a November that was cooler than average with above-average snowfall and ended with a cooler and snowier than average March, making for what seemed to be a long winter. Looking more closely at March 2013, the statewide average of 38.3° was 2.8° below the 1981-2010 average and ranked as the 37th coolest since 1895. What a difference a year makes, as March 2012 was 11.5° warmer than this year! Precipitation (rain and melted snowfall) averaged 3.05", which is 1.18" below average and the 36th driest on record. Snowfall averaged 5.2", which is 1.0" above average.

Chilly conditions were rather consistent during March, with only six days where one or more observing stations in NJ reached a maximum of 60° or higher. There was an absence of excessive cold, with lows falling into the teens in some locations on 12 mornings, yet most of the state dropping no lower than the 20°s at any point. Beginning with the cold lows, the 3rd and 4th both dawned with the NJWxNet High Point and High Point Monument stations (Sussex County) at 18° and 19°, respectively. Walpack (Sussex) was coldest at 19° on the 9th. The 10th was one of the three coldest mornings statewide in March. Pequest (Warren), Berkeley Township (Ocean), and Walpack fell to 19°, with a total of 23 of the 55 stations in the NJWxNet at 25° or colder.

A Rather Average Month, A Mild Winter 2012/2013

March 15, 2013 - 3:59pm -- Dave Robinson

Snow cover photo

An amalgamation of cold and mild spells, a few moderate rain events, one significant snowstorm, and several local or minor snowfalls brought a rather average February in the weather department to New Jersey. Preliminary numbers indicate an average temperature of 32.5°. This is 1.3° below normal and 53rd warmest of the 119 Februaries since 1895. Precipitation averaged 3.28" (rain and melted snow/sleet), which is 0.42" above normal and 44th wettest. Snowfall averaged 6.8", which is 1.2" below normal and 53rd most snowy.

A Mild Start to the Year, Despite One Frigid Week: January 2013 Report

February 13, 2013 - 4:16pm -- Dave Robinson

Highway sign knocked over by the wind

By mid-winter standards, January 2013 was not an exceedingly memorable one in the New Jersey weather and climate annals. But like every month, there were certainly events worthy of mention. This included the state's coldest week since 2007 and a surge of warmth late in the month that was broken by a squall line with strong winds and heavy rain.

Statewide, the January temperature averaged 33.7°, which is 2.5° above average. This ranks as the 27th mildest January since 1895 (119 years). Of the past 24 months, only one (November 2012) has averaged below normal. Going back a bit further, since March 2010, 30 of the past 35 months have been above average, one month was exactly average, and four months were below average.

The first three weeks of the month were mostly on the mild side. On five of the first 20 days, one or more station topped out at 55° or higher.

Sandy Strikes: October 2012 Report

November 9, 2012 - 3:47pm -- Dave Robinson

Hurricane Sandy satellite image

Sandy, a category 1 hurricane as it approached the New Jersey coast during the daytime hours of the 29th and a post-tropical cyclone as it came ashore near Atlantic City (Atlantic County) that evening, dealt the state a punishing blow. It brought hurricane-force wind gusts to coastal and inland sections, close to a foot of rain in the far south, a state record low barometric pressure, and a record storm surge along the coast and in adjacent water bodies. Additional
information on Sandy can be found later in this report, and a more complete analysis will be provided on an upcoming website from the state climate office.

Statewide, the month averaged 57.1°, which is 2.3° above average. This ranks as the 20th warmest October since statewide records commenced in 1895. It marks the 21st consecutive month with temperatures equal to (June 2012) or warmer than (all other months since February 2011) average. The first ten months of this year have averaged 58.9°, or 3.1° above the 1981-2010 average. This keeps 2012 on pace to be the Garden State's warmest year on record (Table 1).

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