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Monthly Temperature Departures, Jan 2018-Apr 2019

So often over the past roughly year and a half, I have been writing about statewide monthly temperatures being among the warmest on record. In fact, February, May, August, and September 2018, as well as April 2019, have ranked as 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th warmest, respectively, since statewide averages began being generated in 1895. Throughout this century, this has so often been the case that, seemingly, it is almost expected each month. Not necessarily a top 5 ranking, but often in the top 20.

This got me wondering whether I was exaggerating the warmth since 2000. Thus an evaluation of rankings was performed for each month and for the year as a whole. This included generating counts of the warmest top 10 and top 20 warmest months since 1895 that have occurred from January 2000 through April 2019.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Hawthorne, NJ 71
Oceanic Bridge, NJ 70
Sicklerville, NJ 69
Cherry Hill, NJ 69
Upper Deerfield, NJ 68
City, State Temp
Harvey Cedars, NJ 59
High Point Monument, NJ 60
Sea Bright, NJ 61
High Point, NJ 61
Seaside Heights, NJ 62
most current information as of May 25 11:13 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

69°F

Wind

5 mph from the SE

Wind Gust

10 mph from the E

Partly Sunny
74 °F
Slight Chance T-storms then Chance Showers
60 °F
Slight Chance Showers then Chance T-storms
88 °F
Chance T-storms
65 °F
Slight Chance T-storms then Mostly Sunny
82 °F
Partly Cloudy then Chance Showers
60 °F
Chance T-storms
78 °F
Mostly Cloudy
63 °F
Partly Sunny
88 °F
Chance Showers
69 °F
Chance Showers then Chance T-storms
88 °F
Chance T-storms then Partly Cloudy
63 °F
Mostly Sunny
80 °F

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Memorial Day

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

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