This past May was cooler and wetter than average for NJ
The month of May will go down in the books as a "weather roller coaster" in New Jersey, according to the official climate scorekeeper for the state.
State Climatologist Dave Robinson of Rutgers says May had its "ups and downs."
"We have had our rain, we have had a little bit of heat, and some cold."
"We had a heat wave, we had three consecutive days where many spots in the state had temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. When we close the books on temperature, the month is going to come in about a degree below average.
"Interesting, just like February was the warmest on record, and by that I mean 123 years of record, and it was followed by a below normal March, which actually had colder average temperatures than February."
According to Robinson, the month of April was the warmest on record, and May was cooler than average by one degree. "We also had a plethora of cool, rainy days, some of which, unfortunately, found their way into holidays and weekends."
He says May will likely wind up being the 10th-wettest in Jersey history.
"We are going to average close to 2 to 2 1/2 inches above normal for rainfall for the month."
Robinson says that fortunately, we have escaped any real significant storms.
"We have had our storms, we have had our rain, we have had a little bit of heat, and some cold. But we haven't had the extremes that we have seen in years past, and we have not had the extremes that we have seen in other parts of the nation in recent months. But we certainly have a taste of about everything in the buffet."
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5