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 FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...TENTH OF AN INCH WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
EACH PERIOD TODAY AND TONIGHT, LITTLE EXPECTED SATURDAY.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...EAST/SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...50 TO 60 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT,
50 TO 60 SATURDAY.
DEW POINTS...65 TO 70 TODAY AND TONIGHT, 65 TO 70 SATURDAY
DRYING CONDITIONS...FAIR AT BEST WITH SOME POOR AREAS TODAY, FAIR
SATURDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...SOME DEW AS WELL AS WETTING IN SHOWERS TONIGHT,
MODERATE DEW SATURDAY NIGHT.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...20 TODAY, 20 SATURDAY.

THERE IS A 50 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 WILL BE UNFAVORABLE FOR CRANBERRY SCALD TODAY AND SATURDAY.

HAY CUTTING WILL SEE FAIR AT BEST DRYING TODAY AND ONLY SLIGHTLY BETTER
SATURDAY.  A GOOD HAYING PERIOD IS LIKELY TO START ON SUNDAY.

SOIL MOISTURE WILL INCREASE OR HOLD STEADY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 29TH TO
SEPTEMBER 4TH IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
AND PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL.



      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   8/18/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 67 DEGREES NORTH 70 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 71 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 87 DEGREES AT FLEMINGTON

AND FREEHOLD ON THE 12TH, AND 49 DEGREES AT CHARLOTTEBURG

ON THE 17TH.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 0.52 INCHES NORTH, 0.94 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 3.46 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 5.05 INCHES AT LONG BRANCH ON THE 12TH TO 13TH.



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      8/18/2014

                      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      0.59 17.81*         85  50  67
CHARLOTTEBURG         0.51 24.52          85  49  67
FLEMINGTON            0.46 26.09          87  51  68
FREEHOLD              1.59 24.18          87  53  69
LONG BRANCH           5.09 29.62          87  57  71
NEW BRUNSWICK         0.72 27.09          86  51  70
TRENTON               0.52 21.67          84  53  70
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  1.59 20.26          84  57  72
DOWNSTOWN             3.42 24.79          85  53  70
HAMMONTON             3.47 24.64          85  54  70
POMONA                5.58 24.05          84  54  70
SEABROOK                   22.49  (thru 8/14)
SOUTH HARRISON        1.87 23.33          84  58  71


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