AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA



************************************************************************ ************************************************************************ FORECASTS FOR THE 2012 SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND WILL BE MISSING SEVERAL WEEKS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. ************************************************************************ ************************************************************************ AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA ISSUED BY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY NEW BRUNSWICK NJ 8 AM EDT WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 2012 RAINFALL AMOUNTS...TENTH OF AN INCH POSSIBLE THIS MORNING OTHERWISE NONE THROUGH THURSDAY. WINDS FOR SPRAYING...SOUTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH TODAY, SOUTHWEST THEN NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH TONIGHT, NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH THURSDAY. RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...40 TO 50 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT, 35 TO 45 THURSDAY. DEW POINTS...DROPPING FROM THE UPPER 50S THIS MORNING TO THE UPPER 40S BY LATE THURSDAY. DRYING CONDITIONS...BECOMING FAIR TO GOOD THIS AFTERNOON, GOOD THURSDAY. FROST FREEZE OR DEW...LIGHT DEW TONIGHT AND AGAIN THURSDAY NIGHT. PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...30 TODAY, 80 THURSDAY. THERE IS A 30 PERCENT PROBABILITY OF PRECIPITATION DURING THE 12 HOUR PERIOD BEGINNING AT 8 AM AND ENDING AT 8 PM THAT COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF PESTICIDES THAT REQUIRE A RAIN-FREE PERIOD AFTER APPLICATION. TEMPERATURES IN THE REPRESENTATIVE CRANBERRY BOGS WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING TONIGHT AND THURSDAY NIGHT. HAY CUTTING RUNS A RISK OF SHOWERS LATER TODAY AND THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY ALONG WITH MODERATELY HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS AND LIMITED SUNSHINE. GOOD DRYING SHOULD MOVE IN FOR THURSDAY AND MOST OF FRIDAY BUT WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATER FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. SOIL MOISTURE LEVELS REMAIN FAIRLY HIGH BUT ARE DECREASING. FOUR INCH SOIL TEMPERATURES ARE NOW IN THE LOW TO MID 70S AND SHOULD REMAIN STEADY FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. GROWING DEGREE DAY TOTALS BASE 50 CONTINUE TO RUN WELL AHEAD OF NORMAL. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 6TH TO JUNE 12TH IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL. *********************************************************************************** DUE TO A MAJOR COMPUTER PROBLEM THE CLIMATE SUMMARY WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN THE LIMITED FORM BELOW. IT IS UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME WHETHER THE MORE COMPLETE PRODUCT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE. *********************************************************************************** Climate summary for the week ending 8am 5/28/12 TEMPERATURES AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL, AVERAGING 69 DEGREES NORTH 70 DEGREES CENTRAL AND 69 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 88 DEGREES AT DOWNSTOWN AND HAMMONTON ON THE 28TH, AND 51 DEGREES AT CAPE MAY COURTHOUSE ON THE 24TH. WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 1.26 INCHES NORTH, 1.17 INCHES CENTRAL, AND 0.58 INCHES SOUTH. THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL REPORTED WAS 1.74 INCHES AT LONG BRANCH ON THE 21ST TO 22ND. ESTIMATED SOIL MOISTURE AND FOUR INCH SOIL TEMPERATURES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. THE FOLLOWING TABLE CONTAINS METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION SINCE THE START OF THE GROWING SEASON MARCH FIRST. THE TABLE IS UPDATED EACH MONDAY AND THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXPLANATION FOR EACH COLUMN. WEEK=TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE PREVIOUS 7 DAYS ENDING MONDAY MORNING TOTAL=TOTAL RAINFALL SINCE MARCH 1ST DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF RAINFALL SINCE MARCH 1ST. A NEGATIVE SIGN INDICATES BELOW NORMAL AND NO SIGN INDICATES ABOVE NORMAL. MX=HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD MN=LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD AVG=AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD TOTAL=TOTAL NUMBER OF GROWING DEGREE UNITS SINCE MARCH 1ST DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF GROWING DEGREE UNITS %FC=PERCENT OF FIELD CAPACITY (SOIL MOISTURE) WEATHER SUMMARY FOR THE WEEK ENDING 8 AM MONDAY 5/28/12 R A I N F A L L TEMPERATURE GDD BASE50 MON WEATHER STATIONS WEEK TOTAL DEP MX MN AVG DEP TOT DEP %FC BELVIDERE BRIDGE 1.63 9.37 84 55 69 CANOE BROOK 1.31 8.13 86 58 69 CHARLOTTEBURG 1.58 8.30 87 56 68 FLEMINGTON .98 8.89 87 58 70 NEWTON .80 7.07 86 55 68 FREEHOLD .65 8.64 87 58 70 LONG BRANCH 1.85 12.68 83 59 68 NEW BRUNSWICK 1.18 9.67 86 59 70 TOMS RIVER .84 9.21 85 59 70 TRENTON 1.34 9.09 85 60 71 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE .43 6.85 80 51 63 DOWNSTOWN .41 6.83 88 59 72 HAMMONTON 1.16 9.16 88 59 72 POMONA .88 9.68 84 59 70 SEABROOK .04 8.05 87 61 73 SOUTH HARRISON .12 6.96 87 60 72 WES KLINE -- GDD BASE 40 PINEY HOLLOW LAST WEEK 177 (Ending 5/11/12) THIS WEEK mm (Ending 5/28/12) TOTAL UNITS BASE 40 FOR FEBRUARY=55 ******************************************************************** SNOWFALL TOTALS PER EVENT CAN BE OBTAINED BY VISITING THE NEW JERSEY STATE CLIMATE WEB-SITE AT http://climate.rutgers.edu/stateclim/ THEN SCROLL DOWN TO "Winter 2008-2009 Snow Event Totals" AND CLICK ********************************************************************