Seriously, Have We Ever Had More Summer Rain In Monmouth County Before?
Every year we wonder to ourselves if it's ever been this cold or hot, this stormy or this extreme before and then we crunch the numbers and it turns out the weather is not as unusual as we think. But this year I think it's different. Doesn't it seem to you that it never just rains anymore? It always seems to be some kind of severe warning we're dealing with.
And this summer in particular seems to be full of Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warning, and you can throw in a couple of Tornado Warnings and you find yourself in your bathroom or basement wondering what the hell is going on.
So, we decided to check our rain totals this summer with the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers to compare the deluge of rain we've had this summer to the history of our area, and the results will surprise you.
We found statistics on average precipitation for each summer month as it was recorded at two weather stations in Monmouth County from 1991 through 2020 and here's what we found.
Freehold Average Monthly Rainfall...
Freehold Avg Summer Total...13.22 inches
Long Branch Average Monthly Rainfall...
Long Branch Avg Summer Total...15.01 inches
Long Branch has really had some rainy Augusts in the past 30 years apparently. So how do these numbers compared to what we have experienced this summer (a summer most people believe has had a ton of heavy storms)?
State Climatologist David Robinson told us that, according to citizen science NJ Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, here are this year's summer totals...
Freehold Rain Totals Summer 2021 (So Far)...14.68 inches. That's about an in and a half more than the average, and we still have 19 August days left!
Long Branch Rain Totals Summer 2021 (So Far)...15.33 inches. A third of an inch more than usual and we still have almost three weeks to go in August.
I knew it. I knew there wasn't anything normal about this summer in Monmouth County when it came to the rain. And we haven't even talked about the intensity of some of these storms which I also think is getting worse each year. Let's hope this isn't one of those 'new normals'.