It may not feel like it with the cold temperatures and biting wind of the last few days, but 2012 was the warmest year on record for New Jersey. State climatologists say the average temperature was around 55.9 degrees, the highest since record keeping began in 1895 and nearly 4 degrees above normal.
“Jersey has been baking,” said David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist and a professor at Rutgers University. “And there’s really no signs overall that it should stop.”
Robinson said the 2012 increase was largely due to above-normal winter temperatures. February was 7.4 degrees above normal and the state saw the warmest March on record, with temperatures more than 8 degrees above normal. Over the past 24 months, 22 months have seen above-average temperatures, Robinson said.
But don’t expect to retire snow shovels and winter coats. Robinson said November was colder than normal, and temperatures this week are right around average, with even colder weather expected later this week.
“The fact is November was cool and relatively snowy in parts of the state,” he said. “So it’s not like we’re becoming Miami Beach.”
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