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WEATHER REPORT (October 28, 2019):
NJ State Climatologist Dr. David Robinson of Rutgers University found that September was the driest month in NJ since February 2009. The 1.21” received was 2.84” below the 1981–2010 average. Above-average temperatures also helped to dry things out in September. The 69.1° statewide average for September was 3.3° above the 1981–2010 mean. October temperatures have been unusually warm, at 5-6 degrees warmer than normal. Normal daytime temperatures at this time of year should be 60°, while overnights should be at about 40°. This week, we’re again expecting temperatures much warmer than that for this time of year. Cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 60’s will rise to 72° by Thursday, when a cool front and heavy rain rolls in for several days. There’s a chance of rain tomorrow as well. Temperatures will drop to about 60° on Friday and fall even lower for the weekend when mid to lower 50’s are seen during the day. The big weather story though is frost. The cool front that rolls in on Thursday will drop overnight temperatures 20 degrees, into the upper 30’s. Those overnight temperatures will fall all the way down to about 30° by Sunday morning. Frost will hurt our more delicate leftover Summer produce. Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, Summer squash, sweet corn, basil and mint could be hurt by these low temperatures though long term overnight temperatures are immediately supposed to bounce up into the high 30’s the next day. Lettuces being harvested in fair to good volume are one of the few “Fall crops” that doesn’t tolerate frost as much as some other crops but one night of a bit of frost shouldn’t harm that crop too much. Hardier cool weather produce such as apples, sweet potatoes, greens, and hard squashes aren’t bothered as much by the cool overnight temperatures and can tolerate a bit of frost. Please try to get out and enjoy a pick your own farm or one of the many roadside stands and community farmers markets that are held around the state. Find a market near you.