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October 2016 Recap
New Jersey State Climatologist
November 7, 2016
Season transitional months are often known for the wide swings in daily and weekly weather conditions. October 2016 did not disappoint when it came to exhibiting such variability. Moisture associated with a weakening hurricane to the south contributed to south Jersey’s heaviest rain event. A modest late-month storm brought the first frozen precipitation of the season to northern counties. Record warmth for so late in the season was part of a dry mid-month week. Halloween eve seeing the temperature touch 80° in some locations before a thunder-strewn frontal passage dropped temperatures to more seasonal temperatures for trick or treating.
The overall weather pattern continued to produce below normal precipitation over most of NJ. Since March, precipitation has been about two thirds of average across the northern half of the state. Most of the south has had three quarters of average, the exception being the far south, which averaged a bit above normal during the growing season. Following a drought hearing held by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the 20th saw a Drought Warning issued for NJ’s 14 northernmost counties (south to and including Ocean an Mercer counties). A drought watch is in place for Burlington, Camden, Salem and Gloucester counties. Only Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May are immune from a watch or warning. At month’s end, the US Drought Monitor showed northern NJ in “severe drought”, tapering to “moderate drought”, “abnormally dry” no designation moving southward and toward the coast. “Severe drought” is associated with precipitation and associate hydrological conditions only found at a given time of year once every 10-20 years; thus in my opinion is worded somewhat too strongly.
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