Spring weather recap: Colder than normal, with surprising snowfalls

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Now that the meteorological spring is over, climatologists are tallying up the final temperature figures for the weather South Jersey experienced from March through May 2014.

You may be surprised just how cold it really was:

“We were on the cool side,” said David A. Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University.

For the season, New Jersey’s temperatures were 1.7 degrees below average, Robinson said.

“The front end of the season was quite chilly, with March 5.8 degrees below average,” he said. “April was just below average, while May pulled up the seasonal average a bit.”

May ended up being 1.3 degrees warmer than normal, he said.

Walpack in Sussex county dipped to a minus 9 degrees on March 4, and four New Jersey locations hit 90 degrees on May 27, he said.

Spring snow puzzles forecasters

March’s extreme cold helped fuel three late-season snowstorms that combined to deliver 21.8 inches of show in Wildwood Crest, Robinson said.

Ironically, snowfall totals were lower in the north.

High Point in SussexCounty registered a 1.3-inch snowfall during the month.


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