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 WEDNESDAY JULY 23, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...QUARTER TO HALF AN INCH WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
TODAY AND TONIGHT, TENTH OF AN INCH THURSDAY.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...SOUTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH TODAY, BECOMING NORTH/NORTHEAST
5 TO 10 MPH TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...50 TO 60 TODAY, NEAR 100 TONIGHT,
50 TO 60 THURSDAY.
DEW POINTS...LOW 70S TODAY THEN DROPPING THROUGH THE 60S TONIGHT
AND TO NEAR 60 BY LATE THURSDAY.
DRYING CONDITIONS...FAIR WITH LOCALLY POOR AREAS TODAY AND AGAIN THURSDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...SOME DEW AS WELL AS WETTING IN SHOWERS TONIGHT,
LIGHT DEW THURSDAY NIGHT.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...60 TODAY, 20 THURSDAY.

THERE IS A 60 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 SHOULD BE UNFAVORABLE FOR CRANBERRY SCALD TODAY AND
THURSDAY.

HAY CUTTING WILL ONLY SEE FAIR DRYING TODAY ALONG WITH SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS AND SCATTERED SHOWERS THURSDAY. DRIER
AIR SHOULD BE IN PLACE FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH ANOTHER
CHANCE OF SHOWERS ON SUNDAY.

SOIL MOISTURE WILL SEE A MODEST INCREASE IN SOIL MOISTURE IN
MOST LOCATIONS TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD JULY 30TH TO AUGUST 5TH IS
CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION TO
AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL.



      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   7/21/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 70 DEGREES NORTH 73 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 74 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 92 DEGREES AT DOWNSTOWN

ON THE 15TH, AND 47 DEGREES AT BELVIDERE ON THE 20TH.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 1.14 INCHES NORTH, 3.10 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 1.65 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 2.59 INCHES AT NEW BRUNSWICK ON THE 14TH TO 15TH.



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      7/21/2014

                      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      0.84 16.11*         80  47  68
CHARLOTTEBURG         0.80 23.51          84  53  71
FLEMINGTON            1.77 24.60          86  54  72
FREEHOLD              3.45 21.07          90  56  73
LONG BRANCH                18.79 (thru 7/7)
NEW BRUNSWICK         3.56 25.24          88  56  73
TRENTON               2.28 19.77          90  60  74
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  1.34 15.19          87  60  74
DOWNSTOWN             2.53 17.85          92  56  73
HAMMONTON             1.81 17.48          91  58  74
POMONA                1.71 14.88          89  58  73
SEABROOK              0.48 16.39          91  59  76
SOUTH HARRISON        2.04 19.15          90  61  75


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