After yesterday’s very brief bout with rain, temperatures are more seasonable around the Garden State on this Thursday afternoon. As of my latest check with the Weather Channel, temperatures around New Jersey are in the low to mid 50s. Here are the GWC weather station in South Plainfield, the mercury is standing at 56 degrees.
The wind is the big story this early Thursday afternoon. At Somerville Airport, winds were sustained at 21 miles per hour with gusts in upwards of 27 miles per hour. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly is still calling for winds to be between 20 and 30 miles per hour during the day. Humidity levels also are expected to be low again in some areas.
The NWS issued a special weather statement regarding the possible Fire Danger. With humidity levels at 30 percent or lower along with wind speeds in the 20 to 30 mile per hour range in some parts of the area, the ingredients are there for a fire to quickly spread if started. Here in Northwestern Middlesex County, the humidity was at 50 percent while winds have been sustained at 5 miles per hour with gusts up to 11 miles per hour.
The high temperature occurred earlier today as it reached 61 degrees. There was only 0.03 inches of rain that fell on Wednesday. So, the rainfall total for the month of March to date is only 0.48 inches. In addition to being one of the driest months on record, we could be looking at a warmer than normal March as well.
Here is weather footage of the changing skies and windy conditions in the wake of a storm back in late January 2012. In the wake of the storm, there was some nice weather in the Central Jersey area over the following weekend.
Here is video footage of weather conditions in the Raritan Center section of Edison, New Jersey back in late February 2012. This day was a windy and blustery day as high pressure pushed in from the west. Winds gusted to as high as 40 miles per hour.
Storm System Ushers In Warmer Air For Wednesday Afternoon
After a dose of reality came on Tuesday with temperatures in Central Jersey getting into the upper 20s to low 30s for lows, the mercury is rebounding on Wednesday as temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 60s to low 70s during the afternoon.
According to the latest forecast from the Weather Channel’s Weatherscan on FIOS, the high temperature forecasted for Somerville is expected to reach 72 degrees by mid-afternoon. The reason for the sudden warm-up is the approach of a low pressure system from our west. This system is a typical mid-latitude cyclone with a warm front and cold front associated with it.
The warm front is currently moving through, and once we are in the warm sector, the temperatures will shoot up. However, a cold front will slam into the warm air, and produce showers and thunderstorms in New Jersey as well as Eastern Pennsylvania. According to the short term forecast from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, the thunderstorms could bring brief downpours with lightning.
Rainfall amounts are expected to reach a quarter of an inch. Following the showers and storms, temperatures will cool down a bit to more seasonable levels on Thursday and Friday. The recent weather has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but that is to be expected for March since it is a transitional month. It has been one of the driest March months on record. As of the time of this report, there has only been 0.45 inches of rain this month.
Looking back on Tuesday’s weather, temperatures did not get as cold as originally thought. On Monday, the NWS projected only a high of 26 degrees for Northwestern Middlesex County. However, the low temperature was 30.5 degrees in South Plainfield on Tuesday morning. The winds hung around long enough to mix the air and prevent radiational cooling from occurring, which kept temperatures a bit warmer at night.
Recall late last week when I talked about how Spring might have sprung too early? There is even video evidence that I posted here in the blog of all the flowers and trees that were in bloom. Well, changes have been taking place over the past several days, and the biggest ones have begun to occur over the last 6 hours or so.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey has issued a Red Flag Warning for this afternoon and a Freeze Warning for tonight and tomorrow morning. With conditions already being fairly dry as of late, and winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, we have a perfect scenario for brush fires to flourish in. The lack of moisture and gusty winds enhances the fire threat, and makes it easier for brush fires to spread and get out of control.
The winds have increased in the wake of a low pressure system that brough a bit of rain to the Garden State over the weekend. With high pressure moving in, there is a difference in pressure, and the air is rushing toward lower pressure to balance things out. The winds should subside by tonight, but there still exists the problem with the temperatures. As things calm down, clouds continue to clear out, and winds decrease, there will be more ideal conditions for radiational cooling, and the mercury could drop below freezing into the mid to upper 20s.
Consequently, the flowers and trees that bloomed in response to the above average and near record temperatures on Thursday and Friday, will be hit hard by the freeze. If you have any plants or flowers that have bloomed early over the past week, you should take precautions to protect them from this coming freeze. The forecast for South Plainfield is calling for a low overnight of 25 degrees before a high on Tuesday of about 52 degrees. The low on Wednesday will be in the mid 30s so we could still have some frost.
Here is some video footage of weather conditions on January 13, 2012. On this day, a front came through to bring some rain, and very windy conditions. The storm also brought a halt to the recent stretch of unseasonably warm weather to start the new year off in Northwestern Middlesex County.
Here is video footage of the aftermath from a nor’easter in early December 2011 that brought over 2 inches of rain to Northwestern Middlesex County as well as other parts of Central Jersey. It was the heaviest rainfall in the Garden State since early September. The footage shows how swollen creeks in the neighborhood got after the storm.
Here is some weather footage of weather conditions from the second day of March in 2012. This was a chilly day to start the month of March, which usually comes in like a lion. There wasn’t a lot of wind or storminess, but it was gloomy and chilly in Northwestern Middlesex County.
Here is some weather footage of the snow showers that fell in Roosevelt Park in Edison in Northern Middlesex County in the first full week of February 2012. This was probably one of the more significant snowfalls in Central Jersey during the winter of 2011-12. The combination of the light snow along with the birds and ducks in the lake made it a very nice video to shoot.
Here is some weather footage of the warm and windy day that occurred at the beginning of March 2012. With temperatures climbing into the low 70s along with a lot of sun, there was also plenty of wind. Winds were sustained between 35 and 40 miles per hour with gusts in upwards of 50 miles per hour in Northwestern Middlesex County.