I know it’s a little early to talk about the cold weather on the Jersey Shore, but if you’re sipping pumpkin spiced latte and talking about Halloween costumes for kids then you know that it’s about the corner of the street. So, do we have a realistic idea of breaking New Jersey’s coldest day record? Could it happen this year.
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First, let’s give ourselves a minute to let the all-time record sink deep into your mind for a few minutes. Here are some perspectives for you. Our daytime temperatures are in the 60s and 70s at this time of year.
So let’s use the cold end of this range. Let’s say it’s 60 degrees on the Jersey Shore. It would still be nearly 100 degrees from New Jersey’s record temperature. And to be clear, the record is the temperature, not a wind chill reading.
So listen to the drumbeat here. The all-time record for New Jersey is an incredible -34 degrees, and it happened in the town of River Vale on January 5, 1904.
So, have we even moved closer to our region? Not really. We have checked some statistics from Freehold. And while those numbers are pretty scary (sorry), they’re nowhere near the mark. The coldest January day in Freehold history was -20 on February 9, 1934 and a close second was -14 on January 28, 1935, according to the New Jersey State Office of the Climatologist.
But even the coldest cold at Freehold was 14 degrees off-record. And by the way, the most recent past has shown that we hardly ever go below 0 anymore, so the odds are pretty slim.
But you can’t get past anything from the extreme weather conditions that we always seem to have these days, so who knows. FYI, we expect an “extreme winter”, so the eyes are starting to align. Ouch.
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