WEATHER REPORT (November 1, 2021 – last of the 2021 season):

According to NJ State Climatologist David Robinson of Rutgers University, “Post-tropical storm Ida. The title of this month’s report speaks to this momentous weather extreme that will forever be the defining event of this month and likely the entire year. The storm delivered the most powerful tornado to strike the Garden State since 1990, demolishing multiple homes in Gloucester County. Rainfall exceeding 3.00” per hour led to the most widespread flash flood event on record for the state, resulting in the tragic deaths of 30 individuals in central and northeastern locales. A separate report on Ida has been prepared and may be accessed here.

There were 29 other days of weather this month that fortunately were not as dramatic as Ida on the 1st. All told, monthly precipitation averaged 6.20” across NJ. This was 2.04” above the 1991–2020 normal and ranks as the 15th wettest September since 1895. The north, where the bulk of Ida’s rain fell, averaged 8.92”, which was 4.46” above normal and ranks 7th wettest. The south averaged 4.61”, which was 0.62” above normal and ties as the 31st wettest. Along the coast, only 3.81” fell, some 0.08” below normal and ranking 44th wettest.

As attention was paid to Ida recovery efforts and simply because of warm temperature conditions in many early falls this century, most might not have a sense that the average statewide September temperature of 68.8° was 1.9° above normal and ranked as the 11th warmest of the past 127 years (Table 1). Nine of the 15 warmest Septembers since 1895 have occurred in the past 17 years. To exemplify how unusual this is, should 17-year intervals back to 1895 all have had thermal variability similar to one another, each would average two years in the top 15. The statewide average high temperature in September was 78.4°, which was 1.2° above normal and the 21st warmest. The average low of 59.0° was 2.4° above normal and ranked 7th mildest.More…

On and off rain has made harvest slower. Cold weather towards the end of the week could finish up some product that can’t handle the cold temperatures.

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.

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