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A prominent fall streak captured over Basking Ridge (Somerset County) at 8:26 AM on December 15th. This streak was likely caused by a plane departing Newark-Liberty International Airport (photo courtesy of Ben Barkley).

Dry Conditions Persist: December 2021 Recap; Another Warm One: Annual 2021 Recap

Dr. David A. Robinson
January 7, 2022

Following a cooler-than-normal November, it was back to the mild side in December, the ninth such month in 2021. However, much like November, the last month of 2021 was a top 10 dry one. An annual recap follows the December report where more will be said regarding annual temperature and precipitation.

Statewide precipitation in December was 1.29”. This is 2.98” below the 1991–2020 normal and ranks as the 6th driest since records commenced in 1895. It was the driest December since 1989, which happened to be the coldest December on record. The west-central area received the most precipitation, exceeding 1.80” in some locations, but this was still well below normal. The far south was driest, most places receiving less than an inch. The northern division averaged 1.46”, which is 2.79” below normal and ranked 10th driest. The southern division came in with 1.20”, which is 3.08” below normal and ranks 5th driest. The coastal division with 1.09” was 3.27” below normal and ranked 4th driest.


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