New Brunswick, N.J. (June 3, 2019) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick climate experts are available for interviews on New Jersey’s unusually wet weather in May.

According to preliminary data as of this morning, statewide precipitation hit 6.70 inches last month – 2.71 inches above the 1981 to 2010 average. That ranks as the ninth wettest May since record-keeping began in 1895, according to David A. Robinson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography and New Jersey State Climatologist since 1991.

“The northern climate division is more impressive, ranking third wettest with 8.69 inches of precipitation – 4.35 inches above average,” Robinson said. “This includes Hunterdon, Somerset and Union counties northward. A weather station in Lebanon, Hunterdon County, was deluged with 12.77 inches, while the Atlantic City Marina station saw the least, with 3.43 inches.”

“Only two days this past May failed to record measurable precipitation somewhere in New Jersey,” he added. “Six days saw a portion of the state receive over 1 inch.”

Robinson, who oversees the Rutgers NJ Weather Network and helps coordinate the New Jersey Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, is available to comment at [email protected] or 848-445-4741.

Mathieu Gerbush, assistant New Jersey State Climatologist, is available to comment at [email protected]


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