Heavy downpours this summer have caused some flash flooding in the region. Lightning strikes have damaged some buildings, but — overall — the weather has been relatively tranquil.
The summer has not been excessively hot, and ample rainfall has quenched drought concerns, said New Jersey state climatologist Dave Robinson.
“We’ve saved on our electric bills, especially the last couple of weeks, without much heat,” he said. “In some cases, we’re saving on the water bills by letting Mother Nature water the lawns and water the gardens.”
No tropical storms have hit the region this year, but Robinson cautioned the hurricane season doesn’t end until November.
“So we can have storms really start to spin up as we get to late August. Usually by time we get to early October, things calm down,” he said. “But I just have to remind everyone of one word, Sandy, and that was Oct. 29.”