WEATHER REPORT (September 21, 2020):
According to NJ State Climatologist David Robinson of Rutgers University, August joined the chorus of much warmer-than-normal months experienced throughout most of 2020 to date across the Garden State. Six of the eight months have ranked among the top 10 warmest for the 126 years beginning in 1895. Only April and May are outliers and, in fact, each of them had below-average temperatures. With a mean of 75.5°, August tied with 2001 and 1955 as the 6th warmest. This is 2.5° above the 1981–2010 mean. Eleven of the warmest 17 Augusts have occurred since 2001. The mean maximum of 84.8° tied for 19th warmest at 1.5° above normal, while the mean minimum of 66.1° was 3.4° above normal and ranked 4th warmest.
Statewide precipitation averaged 6.04”. This is 1.94” above normal and ranks as the 26th wettest August on record. Above-average totals occurred in northern (6.02”), southern (6.10”), and coastal (5.50”) climate divisions. The southern division (Mercer-Middlesex-Monmouth counties and south, except a narrow coastal division) saw a range from the driest area in Monmouth and parts of Mercer counties and a very wet area in Salem and Gloucester counties.
Sudden temperature drops over the previous weekend will brighten colors (especially reds) of many crops. Temps will cool down again this weekend, but will rebound mid-week. The dry weather and cooler temperatures will improve Fall crops. Summer crop harvest is concluding over the next two to three weeks.
Please try to get out and support our New Jersey farmers by visiting on-farm markets, roadside stands and community farmers markets that are held around the state. Find a market near you.