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Tree and home damage in Stanhope (Sussex County) on May 29th following an EF1 tornado on the previous evening. Photo by Michael Mancuso/NJ Advance Media.

As was seen earlier this spring, rainfall was quite persistent during a good portion of May. However, unlike April, it was not just a matter of frequency but ultimately, quantity that made for soggy conditions in the fifth month of 2019. The statewide average precipitation was 6.70”, which is 2.71” above the 1981–2010 mean. This made for the 9th wettest May since records commenced in 1895. The northern half of NJ was wettest, averaging 8.69” (+4.35”), making it the 3rd wettest on record. Only May 1989 (10.13”) and 1984 (9.79”) saw more rain. The south averaged 5.52” (+1.72”), ranking 17th wettest.

Based on observations from 62 NJWxNet stations, there were only two calendar days (22nd and 25th) without measurable (0.01”) rainfall at any location. Three days saw a maximum of 0.01”–0.10” at one or more stations, nine with a maximum between 0.11”–0.25”, and eleven topping out from 0.26”–0.99”, while on six days one or more station received an inch or greater.

The wet conditions were accompanied by above average temperatures. The 62.7° statewide average was 2.1° above the 1981–2010 mean. This ranked as the 19th mildest May on record (tied with 1985). However, it is only the 8th warmest May since 2004. Ten of the past 12 months have been above average.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Cape May Court House, NJ 75
Fortescue, NJ 75
Dennis Twp., NJ 74
Woodbine, NJ 74
Atlantic City Marina, NJ 74
City, State Temp
High Point Monument, NJ 60
High Point, NJ 62
Pequest, NJ 63
Charlotteburg, NJ 65
Basking Ridge, NJ 65
most current information as of Jun 17 4:36 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

68°F

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0 mph from the NW

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2 mph from the N

Chance Showers and Patchy Fog
67 °F
Heavy Rain and Patchy Fog
81 °F
Heavy Rain
66 °F
Showers Likely
81 °F
Chance T-storms then Showers Likely
64 °F
Showers Likely
79 °F
Showers Likely then Chance Showers
65 °F
Showers Likely
80 °F
Showers Likely
66 °F
Chance Showers
80 °F
Partly Cloudy
61 °F
Mostly Sunny
81 °F
Partly Cloudy
62 °F
Partly Sunny
82 °F

Overnight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 5am, then showers likely after 5am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

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NASA MODIS satellite imagery

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