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Sea Smoke rises from the relatively warm water off Sea Girt (Monmouth County) on a 10 degree January 8th morning. Photo courtesy of Jay Amberg.

Wooly and a Bit Wild: January 2015 Recap

Dr. David A. Robinson
New Jersey State Climatologist
February 6, 2015

The first month of 2015 was a cold one with above-average precipitation. The form of the precipitation varied quite a bit at any location as well as across the state over the course of individual events. The statewide average temperature of 27.7° was 3.5° below normal, making it the 32nd coldest January since records commenced in 1895. Precipitation (rain and melted snow) averaged 4.78", which is 1.30" above normal and ranks as the 20th wettest January. Statewide, snowfall averaged 8.6", which is 1.5" above normal and ranks as the 41st snowiest January of the past 121 years. Storms of various intensities arrived every three days throughout the month, and included an impactful freezing rain and flooding event and two moderate snowstorms during the final two weeks. Several bitter cold episodes were punctuated by strong winds and frigid wind chills.


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