May stops the streak of cold South Jersey temperatures

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Finally! For the first time in seven months, South Jersey average daily temperatures did something in May 2014 that they haven’t done since November 2013. In the process, last month’s average temperatures offered a welcomed end to a trend no one liked./Northeast Regional Climate Center Finally! For the first time in seven months, South Jersey average daily temperatures did something in May 2014 that they haven’t done since November 2013. In the process, last month’s average temperatures offered a welcomed end to a trend no one liked./Northeast Regional Climate Center Finally! For the first time in seven months, South Jersey average daily temperatures did something in May 2014 that they haven’t done since November 2013. In the process, last month’s average temperatures offered a welcomed end to a trend no one liked.

Good-bye to cold?

For the first time since November 2013, average South Jersey daily temperatures averaged warmer than normal, according to preliminary National Weather Service readings recorded at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township.

Overall, the average South Jersey temperature in May 2014 was 62.1 degrees, about 1 degree warmer than normal.

Since November 2013, South Jersey temperatures have averaged colder than normal, dropping to as much as 5 degrees colder than normal during the unusually harsh winter months of 2013-14.

After multiple colder-than-normal months in a row, May was warmer than normal for all 35 Northeast airport climate sites monitored by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.  The last time all sites were warmer than normal was October 2013.

The warmth of May could not make up for the coldness of March, though, as spring overall was colder than normal at 32 sites, including Atlantic City where spring of 2014 was 2.1 degrees colder than normal.

While 21 sites ended on the dry side of normal for May, 14 sites were wetter than normal. As for spring, much of the Northeast saw above-normal precipitation. Of the 27 wetter-than-normal sites, 17 ranked the season among their top 20 wettest.

May offers contrasts

Temperatures in early May reminded most South Jersey residents that cold air leftover from the winter of 2013-14 wasn’t ready to let go of its grip just yet. The temperature dropped to 41 degrees during the early morning hours of May 6 and May 7, according to the National Weather Service.

However, the month of May ended on a warm note with South Jersey high temperatures reaching 89 degrees – the warmest day of the year so far – on May 27. Ironically, the temperature would only reach 57 degrees two days later, according to the National Weather Service.

Foggy conditions were reported on 20 days in May, the result of warming mainland temperatures clashing with an unusually cold Atlantic Ocean surf temperature.

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