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Daffodils chat with each other in the foreground on April 16th in Franklin Twp. (Somerset County), as two others eavesdrop in the background along with one that couldn't care less.
Daffodils chat with each other in the foreground on April 16th in Franklin Twp. (Somerset County), as two others eavesdrop in the background along with one that couldn't care less. Photo by Dave Robinson.

As has been the case for the past several months, weather patterns have been reluctant to persist for more than several days to about a week. While climatologically rather common as winter transitions to summer, this season has seemingly been consistently inconsistent beyond the norm. April saw temperatures reach well into the 80°s on several days, followed a short time later by a hard freeze in most inland locations. Rainfall was above normal, more than twice so in the northwest, which is a reversal of the general pattern since late fall. Precipitation fell every few days, including multiple squally episodes that briefly delivered small hail, graupel, and bursts of snow at some locations. There was one event that brought some flash flooding and minor river flooding. Many residents are impatiently waiting for some mild conditions to lock in, getting summer underway. Patience….summer will arrive!

The good news is the rainfall that arrived quite often. Increasing concerns for drought encroaching on NJ were washed away by multiple storms that “performed” up to or exceeded expectations, something that was often not the case for multiple underperforming events in past months. Statewide rainfall averaged 5.10”. This is 1.40” above the 1991–2020 normal and ranks as the 24th wettest April since records commenced in 1895. As the monthly map shows, the northwest was wettest and south driest, yet still above normal. The north average 6.34” (+2.44”, 11th wettest), south 4.37” (+0.79”, 32nd wettest), and coast 4.09” (+0.54”, 42nd wettest).

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Fortescue, NJ 68
Point Pleasant, NJ 68
Seaside Heights, NJ 66
Sea Girt, NJ 66
Hamilton, NJ 66
City, State Temp
Vernon Twp., NJ 62
High Point, NJ 63
Sandyston, NJ 63
Wantage, NJ 63
Berkeley Twp., NJ 63
most current information as of May 28 3:25 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

66°F

Wind

3 mph from the SW

Wind Gust

6 mph from the SW

Showers Likely
65 °F
Scattered Showers then Showers Likely
78 °F
Scattered Showers then Mostly Clear
58 °F
Sunny
82 °F
Mostly Clear
60 °F
Sunny
89 °F
Mostly Clear
68 °F
Mostly Sunny
93 °F
Partly Cloudy
63 °F
Mostly Sunny
80 °F
Mostly Cloudy
64 °F
Partly Sunny then Chance Showers
85 °F
Chance Showers
65 °F
Chance Showers
80 °F

Overnight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 4am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

Scattered showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

Memorial Day

Sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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