A rainy New Jersey summer, but not a record-breaker
New Jersey has seen a lot more rain than usual this summer. But the official scorekeeper says it has not been record-breaking.
According to state climatologist Dave Robinson, July was wetter than usual but it still only came in 19th on the all-time list of rainy July months.
"But in the process, we have suffered through some really heavy rainfall events."
Some parts of the state, such as Monmouth and Ocean counties, have come up on the short end.
"The storms just keep by passing them. That is the nature of summer precipitation. And those areas have had only about 4 inches of rain. We have not had that one sweeping wide, really heavy rainfall across the state."
He says we have seen "a wide range, but again, it is summer, and we have had a number of different thunderstorms come through that have dropped, 2, 3, 4 and 5 inches of rain in some locations, generally pretty narrowly confined ranges when you get up to 3 to 5 inches. But that has led to local flash flooding and all kinds of concerns. But, otherwise, people have missed it."
He says Jersey has not been on a record pace for precipitation, but certainly "at the high end of the range."
"August has started off with a couple of heavy rain events, but it is too early to put that in historic perspective."
Joe Cutter is the afternoon drive anchor on New Jersey 101.5.