Today's Agricultural Forecast


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FORECASTS FOR THE 2014 SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND
WILL BE MISSING SEVERAL WEEKS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON.
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AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NEW JERSEY
AND SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
ISSUED BY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY NEW BRUNSWICK NJ
8 AM EDT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...NONE THROUGH TUESDAY.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH TODAY, NORTH 5 MPH TONIGHT,
TUESDAY.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...35 TO 45 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT,
35 TO 45 TUESDAY.
DEW POINTS...DROPPING TO 40 TO 45 LATER TODAY AND REMAINING IN THAT RANGE
THROUGH TUESDAY.
DRYING CONDITIONS...GOOD TODAY, GOOD TUESDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...HEAVY DEW TONIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...90 TODAY, 90 TUESDAY.

THERE IS A NEAR ZERO PERCENT PROBABILITY OF PRECIPITATION
DURING THE 12 HOUR PERIOD BEGINNING AT 8 AM AND ENDING AT
8 PM THAT COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF PESTICIDES
THAT REQUIRE RAIN-FREE PERIOD AFTER APPLICATION.

CONDITIONS WE BE UNFAVORABLE FOR CRANBERRY SCALD TODAY AND TUESDAY.
TEMPERATURES IN THE REPRESENTATIVE CRANBERRY BOGS COULD FALL TO 29 TO 33
IF WINDS SUBSIDE TONIGHT AND 28 TO 32 TUESDAY NIGHT.

HAY CUTTING WILL SEE AN EXTENDED DRYING PERIOD PROBABLY THROUGH THE
WEEKEND WITH LITTLE THREAT OF SHOWERS AND GOOD DRYING FOR THIS POINT IN
THE SEASON.

SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUES SHORT AND WILL NOT IMPROVE THROUGH THE WEEK.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 29TH TO
OCTOBER 5TH IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL AND
PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL.


      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   9/22/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 61 DEGREES NORTH 63 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 64 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 79 DEGREES AT SEVERAL

LOCATIONS ON THE 22ND, AND 42 DEGREES AT CHARLOTTEBURG ON

THE 16TH.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 0.29 INCHES NORTH, 0.20 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 0.47 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 0.30 INCHES AT FLEMINGTON ON THE 15TH TO 16TH.



THE FOLLOWING TABLE CONTAINS METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION SINCE THE
START OF THE GROWING SEASON MARCH FIRST. THE TABLE IS UPDATED EACH MONDAY
AND THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXPLANATION FOR EACH COLUMN.

WEEK=TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE PREVIOUS 7 DAYS ENDING MONDAY MORNING
TOTAL=TOTAL RAINFALL SINCE MARCH 1ST
DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF RAINFALL SINCE MARCH 1ST. A NEGATIVE
SIGN INDICATES BELOW NORMAL AND NO SIGN INDICATES ABOVE NORMAL.
MX=HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD
MN=LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD
AVG=AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD
DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THAT 7 DAY PERIOD
TOTAL=TOTAL NUMBER OF GROWING DEGREE UNITS SINCE MARCH 1ST
DEP=DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF GROWING DEGREE UNITS
%FC=PERCENT OF FIELD CAPACITY (SOIL MOISTURE)



 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR THE WEEK ENDING 8 AM MONDAY      9/22/2014

                      R A I N F A L L        TEMPERATURE     GDD BASE50  MON
WEATHER STATIONS     WEEK  TOTAL    DEP   MX  MN  AVG  DEP  TOT   DEP %FC
BELVIDERE BRIDGE      0.27 20.36*         74  43  60
CHARLOTTEBURG         0.29 26.07          79  42  60
FLEMINGTON            0.30 28.56          79  44  62
FREEHOLD              0.28 26.27          78  46  63
LONG BRANCH                31.76  (THRU 9/15)
NEW BRUNSWICK         0.19 28.42          79  45  63
TRENTON               0.14 24.55          78  46  63
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  0.13 22.56          79  49  66
DOWNSTOWN             0.01 28.79          79  47  64
HAMMONTON             0.02 28.28          78  47  63
POMONA                0.02 26.61          78  47  64
SEABROOK              0.00 27.79          78  52  65
SOUTH HARRISON        0.10 27.56          78  50  64


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