What Exactly is Normal Weather?

Posted: October 13, 2015, 10:46 am by cspeciale


Record Flooding in Hackettstown, NJ after Tropical Storm Irene Aug 2011


During extreme weather events spanning from heat waves to blizzards to floods, meteorologists often compare impressive temperature and precipitation values to “normal” to help put unusual weather events into perspective. But how exactly do scientists know the “normal” or “average” weather for any given location? Read on to find out.

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September 2015 Highlights

Posted: September 28, 2015, 6:31 pm by cspeciale
Drier than Normal Wanaque Reservoir Sept. 28, 2015.
Image Courtesy of Joe Sarno & NorthJersey.com


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A Warm & Dry End to Summer: August 2015

Posted: August 31, 2015, 11:27 pm by cspeciale


Above image shows one of the many beautiful sunsets in New Jersey in August 2015


August started off hot with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to low 90s for the first four days of the month. By the 4th, severe weather broke out as a cold front traversed the Northeast with New England especially hard hit. In fact, a supercell or rotating thunderstorm pummeled through Massachusetts, producing 50 - 60mph wind gusts and golf ball sized hail stones.

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July 2015: Rainfall Variability!

Posted: August 4, 2015, 8:32 pm by cspeciale


Shelf Cloud in Rhode Island July 2015. Photo Credit: Perry Russom


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June 2015: Wet & Stormy!

Posted: July 7, 2015, 1:47 pm by cspeciale
Downed trees in Woodbury, NJ June 23, 2015 Photo Courtesy of Sandy Miller


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A Taste of Summer! May 2015 Review

Posted: June 3, 2015, 8:43 am by cspeciale

Looking back at May 2015, many will remember the abundant dry, warm days and the first real taste of the upcoming summer. Not only did most of the major cities across the region rank May 2015 among the top five warmest on record, but a slew of bone dry days mixed with limited rain events helped place most of New England and North Jersey in a moderate drought. Let’s take a look back at this final month of climatological spring.

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The Epitome of Spring: April 2015 Review

Posted: May 5, 2015, 10:02 am by cspeciale


Passion Puddle on Cook Campus, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ April 25, 2015


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2014 - 2015 Winter Stats

Posted: April 7, 2015, 12:32 pm by cspeciale


Comparison of the 2013 - 2014 winter season to the 2014 - 2015 winter season


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Winter Holds On...March 2015 Review

Posted: April 7, 2015, 8:36 am by cspeciale

Above Image: Delaware River in Warren County, NJ March 6, 2015


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Winter Kicks into High Gear: January and February 2015

Posted: March 11, 2015, 1:40 pm by cspeciale

After record snow deficits and warmth in December 2014, Mother Nature completely switched gears ushering record breaking cold and a seemingly endless parade of winter storms for January and February 2015. Some of the coldest air in over 20 years poured into the Northeast, leading to consecutive days with temperatures 10 to 25 degrees below normal. In terms of snowfall, New England was by far hardest hit where an astonishing 50 - 80 inches of snow fell in under three weeks, challenging the record for snowiest winter! Let's look into the highlights from the heart of winter 2015.

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