New Brunswick, N.J. (Jan. 6, 2021) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick climatologist David A. Robinson is available for interviews on the top 10 weather and climate events in New Jersey in 2020.

“Every year has its share of notable weather and climate events impacting life in New Jersey. 2020 was no exception, with the most significant climate story being the near record warmth, making the year the second warmest since records commenced in 1895,” said Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography in the School of Arts and Sciences. “Ten months had above normal temperatures, with six of them ranking in the top 10 for warmth, including July, the warmest month ever recorded in the Garden State. The most notable weather event was the excessive rain and wind from Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4. One million customers lost power, the most since Sandy in 2012. Now to wait and see what 2021 has in store from Cape May to High Point!”

The top 10 weather and climate events last year are:

1. Warmth prevails
2. Tropical Storm Isaias (August 4)
3. Snow drought, but…
4. Seasonal confusion
5. Tropical Storm Fay and friends
6. Severe weather potpourri
7. Wind and more wind
8. December 16-17 mixed bag storm
9. Growing season extremes
10. Smoky skies

The full “ONJSC’s Top 10 NJ Weather and Climate Events of 2020” report is on the Rutgers NJ Weather Network website.

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

Robinson also oversees the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, which includes an internationally recognized database of Northern Hemisphere snow extent throughout the satellite era.


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