New Jersey is just six or so inches away from breaking its annual precipitation record. Now at 59.4 inches for the year, the Garden State is only 6.1 inches from the 1983 record, meaning 2011 could soon be the state’s wettest year on the books.
What are the odd of that happening? About 50/50. New Jersey climatologist David Robinson tells The Record November and December need to hit their average precipitation marks of 3.5 inches each to put 2011 over the edge.
It was the storms of August and September that set the state on this path. Nineteen inches in August and eight in September trumped the four-inch average.