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Man-made snow on the slopes at Mountain Creek ski resort, Vernon Twp (Sussex County) on December 22nd
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Where is Winter?: December
Record Wet - Close to Record Warm: 2011 Summary

Dr. David A. Robinson
NJ State Climatologist
January 2, 2012

December 2011 marked the 11th consecutive month with above average temperatures across New Jersey (nineteen of the past 22 months have been above average). The average of 40.5° is 4.9° above the 1981-2010 average and ranks as the 5th warmest December since 1895 (Table 1).

Rank Year Dec. Temp.
1 2006 42.2°
2 2001 41.7°
3 1923 41.0°
4 1984 40.7°
5 2011 40.5°
6 1982 40.3°
6 1998 40.3°
8 1956 40.1°
9 1990 40.0°
10 1971 39.7°

Table 1. The fifteen warmest Decembers across NJ since 1895.


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