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 THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...NONE THROUGH MIDDAY FRIDAY, TENTH OF AN INCH
POSSIBLE LATER FRIDAY AFTERNOON, QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH TODAY, LIGHT NORTH
TONIGHT, SOUTHWEST 10 MPH FRIDAY.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...30 TO 40 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT,
40 TO 50 FRIDAY.
DEW POINTS...UPPER TO LOW 20S THROUGH TONIGHT, MID 20S FRIDAY.
DRYING CONDITIONS...GOOD TODAY AND EARLY FRIDAY THEN POSSIBLY
TURNING POOR LATE IN THE DAY FRIDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...LIGHT DEW WITH SCATTERED FROST TONIGHT, NONE
EXPECTED FRIDAY NIGHT BUT WETTING IN SHOWERS IS POSSIBLE.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...90 TODAY, 50 FRIDAY.

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.

TEMPERATURES IN THE REPRESENTATIVE CRANBERRY BOGS COULD FALL TO 16 TO 20
TONIGHT BUT SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING FRIDAY NIGHT DUE TO CLOUDS
AND SHOWERS.

EARLY SEASON HAY CUTTING WILL SEE GOOD DRYING TODAY AND FRIDAY
MORNING WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS POSSIBLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY.

SOIL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AND
RESULT IN INCREASING FIELD WORK WITH ONLY MODEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS
EXPECTED LATER FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD MAY 1ST TO
MAY 7TH IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL AND
PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL.


      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   4/21/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 46 DEGREES NORTH 49 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 49 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 79 DEGREES AT FREEHOLD

AND NEW BRUNSWICK ON THE 15TH, AND 21 DEGREES AT BELVIDERE

ON THE 17TH.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 1.83 INCHES NORTH, 0.81 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 0.98 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 2.42 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      4/21/2014

                      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      1.52  5.38          74  21  45
CANOE BROOK           missing
CHARLOTTEBURG         1.64  5.22          76  26  46
FLEMINGTON            2.44  6.90          78  28  48
NEWTON                1.70                74  27  47
FREEHOLD              0.81  5.75          79  29  48
LONG BRANCH                 5.23
NEW BRUNSWICK         0.86  6.27          79  30  49
TOMS RIVER            missing
TRENTON               0.76  4.73          78  30  49
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  1.33  5.50          73  31  48
DOWNSTOWN             1.08  5.18          77  28  48
HAMMONTON             0.75  5.72          77  30  49
POMONA                1.15  6.46          73  28  47
SEABROOK              0.94  6.74          77  31  51
SOUTH HARRISON        0.63  4.31          77  30  50