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What do climatologists think about during a heat wave?

July 26, 2013 - 12:00am -- Dan Manzo

There are two important things to know about me. The first is I have an intense passion for the climate and weather. The other is that I’m from New Jersey and appreciate everything about it. The combination of these two facts gives me good reason to think about different perspectives of “extreme” in our state. Certainly, New Jersey is not the hottest or coldest place in the world, but The Garden State does have its own “ingredients” to make a heat wave fascinating to track.

Climate and the Fourth of July in Jersey

July 3, 2013 - 12:00am -- Dan Manzo


If you are like me, you cannot wait until the Fourth of July. It’s a time when you are able to join the rest of the Garden State and celebrate everything New Jersey and American! This year I plan on spending my holiday with many fellow meteorologists down the shore, firing up the BBQ, and catching the Macy's Fireworks in Weehawken. These activities are not uncommon during July amongst Jersey residents and I wanted to take a look back at how well the weather “cooperated” the last few years.

Our tour of the state begins along the Jersey shore. On July 4, 2010, during the midst of a heat wave across the whole state, Point Pleasant reached a scorching 99°. 2011 was relatively cooler with temperatures only surmounting to a high of 87°. However, temperatures once again made it to the low 90’s in 2012. Further down the Parkway, Independence Day 2010 had Toms River and Seaside recording 99° and 97° (respectively). Both locations were cooler both in 2011 and 2012. Atlantic City was much cooler than rest of the state during three years of Independence Day celebrations, with a high temperature of 91° in 2010, and temperatures not making it out of the 80’s in 2011 and 2012. Will our shore towns make it to the 90 degree mark this year?

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