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Solar farm on Livingston Campus at Rutgers University in Piscataway (Middlesex County).

Serving a wealth of potential user needs, solar radiation is one of the many variables observed at stations within the Rutgers NJ Weather Network (NJWxNet). Dating back as far as 2004, the original solar network of a half dozen stations has grown to the current 46. The solar instruments record incoming radiative fluxes in the 0.36 to 1.12 micron range. A myriad of products stem from observations, intially gathered once each hour and, since mid-2012, every five minutes. These include radiation maximums, averages, minimums (W/m²), and totals (kJ/m²), at five minute, hourly, and daily time scales.

Solar data gathered at NJWxNet sites help promote an understanding of the relationship between solar radiation and terrestrial systems involving the heating of the surface and atmosphere, plant growth, human health, and energy generation. Atmospheric conditions influence the magnitude of irradiance reaching the surface, with variables such as cloud cover, humidity, and aerosols (minute natural and human-generated liquid or solid particles) influencing incoming radiation. Prior to the advent of the NJWxNet, solar radiation observations across the Garden State were few in number and most often not of a continuous long-term nature. This was the case elsewhere in the US prior to the recent establishment of mesonets, such as the NJWxNet, in many states.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Lower Alloways Creek, NJ 52
Greenwich, NJ 52
Upper Deerfield, NJ 51
Fortescue, NJ 51
Dennis Twp., NJ 50
City, State Temp
High Point Monument, NJ 41
Ramsey, NJ 41
Parsippany, NJ 42
High Point, NJ 42
Charlotteburg, NJ 42
most current information as of Mar 30 9:46 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

47°F

Wind

4 mph from the SW

Wind Gust

5 mph from the SSW

Partly Sunny then Chance Showers
60 °F
Chance Showers
42 °F
Chance Showers
50 °F
Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Showers
37 °F
Slight Chance Showers
52 °F
Mostly Cloudy
37 °F
Mostly Sunny
58 °F
Partly Cloudy
41 °F
Mostly Sunny
60 °F
Mostly Cloudy
41 °F
Partly Sunny
58 °F
Mostly Cloudy
40 °F
Partly Sunny
59 °F

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A slight chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

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