October Snow – A Sign Of What’s To Come? [AUDIO]
West Milford, Passaic County, saw 19 inches of snow over the weekend.
Trick-or-treaters across the state wore high boots as they trekked from house to house on Halloween. The freak snowfall left many wondering if it was a sign of what's to come this winter.
New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson said that's not the case at all.
"There's no connection between what falls in October and what falls for the rest of the winter," said Robinson.
He explained that parts of New Jersey saw a major snowstorm in 2008 as well, and the following winter was not as active as the '09-'10 and '10-'11 seasons.
However, Robinson claimed this past weekend's snowfall was the most on record for central and northern New Jersey in the month of October. The whole state has never been hit with snow in October, according to official records, which began more than a century ago.
New Jersey experienced frigid temperatures over the weekend as well. Robinson said the average temperature during an October day in New Jersey is in the 50s, but New Jersey saw the mercury drop to the 30s and 40s on Saturday and Sunday.
Still, Robinson explained that October was a warm month compared to past years, and most parts of the state did not have their first freeze until October 28th.
He continued, "That's two to three weeks later than average."
New Jersey residents can take comfort in the fact that October's snowfall does not represent any hints as to what the upcoming winter will be like. Also, there is no snow in New Jersey's immediate forecast.