Good evening everyone. It’s been a while since I posted anything in the blog about the recent weather in South Plainfield. It has been an interesting week weather wise around Northwestern Middlesex County. On Monday night, we had some severe thunderstorms roll through the area. The storms came after very warm weather for this time of year graced Central Jersey. Temperatures reached a high of just under 76 degrees here in South Plainfield. Since then, things have cooled off with lows bottoming out in the low to mid 40s in the morning over the past several days.
On Thursday, the mean temperature was only 50.7 degrees with a high of 61.3 at 12:45 PM, and a low of exactly 40 degrees at 6:55 AM. As a result, there were 14.4 heating degree days. So far this month, there have been 104.4 heating degree days versus only 2.1 cooling degree days. So far in October, there has been 1.96 inches of rainfall here in South Plainfield with about 80 percent of that falling on October 1st thanks to the nor’easter that began on November 30th. Since September 13th, we have had six instances of stormy weather in the form of severe weather outbreaks or nor’easters that have brought their fair share of rain, wind, and other things.
Over the past month or so, we have seen 4.21 inches of rain fall here in South Plainfield after going through a summer where there was virtually no rain. So, this has eased the drought situation that had been developing in the Garden State. The mean temperature for the month of October so far is 57.7 degrees with a maximum of 77.2 reached on the 1st, and a minimum of 36.9 degrees attained on the 10th. The highest wind reported so far this month occurred on the 1st in the midst of our last nor’easter while there were some strong winds on the 11th as well.
As mentioned in a previous post in the blog, we have some interesting weather taking shape on this Thursday evening. A nor’easter is developing off the East Coast of the United States, and has been responsible for the rainfall that we received during the late afternoon and evening. The big story with this system will be the wind. As this low, which is rapidly moving up the coast into New England, departs, high pressure will try to begin to move in on Friday. The combination of the high and low will create a pressure gradient that will be the fuel for windy and blustery conditions on Friday into Saturday. Winds are expected to be sustained between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts in upwards of 45 to 50 miles per hour.