The Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist serves as
the State focal point for activities pertaining to the climate
of New Jersey.
Dr. David A. Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist,
directs the Office, which resides within the
Center for Environmental Prediction
in the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at
The responsibilities of the Office are to collect and archive
climate data, maintain an active research program pertaining to
New Jersey climate and, through various outreach programs, provide
climate education and information to the citizens of New Jersey.
These are spelled out in some detail below.
1) Gather and archive data on climate conditions in New Jersey.
- a) Collect recent hourly and daily observations for a number
of climate variables (for instance, temperature, precipitation,
snow) from official U.S. government and private observing stations
throughout New Jersey. This information is gathered in real time,
or on weekly or monthly time frames in cooperation with the
National Climatic Data Center (NCDC),
the National Weather Service (NWS),
Northeast Regional Climate Center,
and state government and private organizations. Data are collected in
hardcopy (paper) and digital (computer) formats.
- b) Archive recent and historic climate data, following inspection
for data accuracy and consistency. This includes data extending
back over the most recent one hundred years. Derived products
(for instance, means, totals, heating degree days) for individual
stations, climate regions and New Jersey as a whole are also
collected or derived and then archived.
- c) Cooperate with climate observers, the NCDC, and the NWS
to assure that station continuity and coverage is maintained
throughout New Jersey. This includes fostering and participating
in the expansion of existing networks to provide improved coverage
in space and time.
2) Conduct and foster research concerning the climate of New
- a) Undertake basic or applied research within the Office
of the State Climatologist. Examples of basic research range
from developing a thunderstorm climatology to investigating past
and potential future climate change across New Jersey. Applied
research deals with the impact or importance of the climate as
it pertains to a specific activity in New Jersey, such as agriculture
or tourism. Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students play
active roles in this research.
- b) Provide information, expertise, and coordination to others
in the Rutgers community and beyond as they conduct research
having some New Jersey related climate component.
3) Educate and inform the citizens of New Jersey on matters
related to climate.
- a) Make available recent and historic climate data and derived
products in hardcopy and digital formats.
- b) Provide information and analysis of ongoing climate events.
Examples include seasonal climate outlooks or providing historic
perspective to events such as a nor'easter, cold snap or drought.
Methods of dissemination include contact with NJ government agencies
and the media. This is accomplished by phone, fax, email and
this World Wide Web home page. While the Office of the State
Climatologist does not provide day-to-day weather forecasts,
National Weather Service forecasts and the New Jersey agricultural
forecast are available through this home page.
- c) Promote climate awareness by educating the public through
publications, correspondence, personal contact, attendance at
conferences, lectures to schools and other organizations (as
time and resources permit) and interviews with the print, radio
and TV media.