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Increasingly Dry in the North: September 2014 Recap

Dr. David A. Robinson
New Jersey State Climatologist
October 4, 2014

Combined with below-average precipitation in August, the northern half of New Jersey has become quite dry. Conversely, rainfall has been more common in the south, thus despite a drier-than-average September, the two-month total is slightly above average. Looking first at September, statewide precipitation averaged 2.82". This is 1.25" below the 1981-2010 average and ranks as the 46th driest September since 1895. From Hunterdon, Somerset, and Union counties northward, only 1.49" fell, which is 3.00" below average and ranks as 7th driest. The southern counties averaged 3.47", which is 0.40" below average and ranks as 56th wettest.

September was above average in the temperature department. The mean of 67.0° was 0.8° above the 1981-2010 average and ranked as the 29th warmest on record (tied with 2 other months). It reversed the pattern of the last two months. Thus far, only May has had a warmer anomaly in 2014.


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