Local Climate Data
Kearny,  NJ
February, 2001


Temperature Data  
High 43.9  Low 26.9             
Average Monthly 35.4                
Departure From Normal +2.8        
Highest 60 on 10 
Lowest 14  on 12 

Number of Days With  
Maximum 32F or Below 1  
Maximum 90F or Above 0    
Minimum 32F or Below 22
Minimum 0F or Below 0
Precipitation .01 or More 10
Snow & Ice 1.0+ and More 2
Heavy Fog 1/4 mi. or less 1
Thunderstorms 0
Clear 9
Partly Cloudy 15
Cloudy 4

Heating Degree Days                      
Total This Month  822             
Departure From Normal -86 
Normal  908                                    
Total for the Season 3834
Departure From Normal +95
Normal 3739

Cooling Degree Days
Total This Month 0
Departure From Normal 0
Normal 0
Total for the Season 0
Departure From Normal 0
Normal 0 


Precipitation Data
Total for the Month 1.96 inches
Departure From Normal -.84 inches
24-Hours .69 on 5
Normal 2.80  inches


Wind Data
Average Speed 9.3  mph
Average Direction WSW
Fastest 25
Direction NNW
Date 17

Snow & Ice
Total 10.9
24-Hours 5.7 on 22-23
Departure +1.0
Normal 9.9

Pressure Data
Highest 30.74 on 12
Lowest 29.67 on 17
Averaged 30.03

February 2001: The long wave pattern consisted of a trough in the West and a ridge in the western Atlantic. This caused temperatures to average 2.8F above normal. February 2001 ranked as the 10th warmest such month on record since 1977 and the warmest since 1999. February 2001 was also the 6th consecutive such month of above normal temperatures. Nineteen days averaged above normal. Only 8 days averaged near or below normal. Temperature extremes included 60F on the 10th and 14F on the 12th. Twelve days had maximums below 40F. Fourteen days had maximums above 40F and 8 days with maximums of 50F or higher. There was only one day with a maximum of 32F or lower and 22 days with minimums or 32F or lower. 

Precipitation totaled 1.96 inches and was .84 of an inch below normal. February 2001 tied with February 1985 as the 5th dries such month on record. February 2001 was also the 2nd consecutive such month and the 2nd consecutive month of below normal precipitation. The most rainfall to fall in a 24-hour period was .69 of an inch on the 5th. The period January-February ranked as the 5th driest such period in record with 5.17 inches. It was also the wettest such period since 1989. Snowfall totaled above normal with 10.9 inches. February ranked as the 9th snowiest such month on record since 1976-77 and the snowiest since 1995. This is the first time for above normal snowfall in February since 1996. The most to fall in a 24-hour period was 5.7 inches on the 22nd and 23rd. There were 9 clear days and only 4 overcast days.

Jim G. Munley, jr.


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