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 29, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...NONE TODAY OR TONIGHT, TENTH OF AN INCH POSSIBLE LATER
TUESDAY.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...VARIABLE 5 MPH THROUGH TUESDAY.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...40 TO 50 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT,
40 TO 50 TUESDAY.
DEW POINTS...MID TO UPPER 50S THROUGH TUESDAY.
DRYING CONDITIONS...FAIR TO GOOD TODAY, FAIR WITH SOME SCATTERED POOR
AREAS POSSIBLE LATER TUESDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...HEAVY DEW TONIGHT, SOME DEW AS WELL AS
SCATTERED WETTING IN SHOWERS TUESDAY NIGHT.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...30 TODAY, 30 TUESDAY.

THERE IS A LESS THAN 10 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 MIGHT BE FAVORABLE FOR CRANBERRY SCALD TODAY BUT SHOULD BE
UNFAVORABLE FOR SCALD TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES IN THE REPRESENTATIVE
CRANBERRY BOGS SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING TONIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT.

HAY CUTTING WILL SEE FAIRLY GOOD DRYING CONDITIONS TODAY BUT ONLY
FAIR ON TUESDAY WITH SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS LATER TUESDAY AND INTO WEDNESDAY.

SOIL MOISTURE CONTINUES VERY SHORT AND WILL ONLY IMPROVE SLIGHTLY
LATER TUESDAY.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 6TH TO
OCTOBER 12TH IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL AND
PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE NEAR NORMAL.


      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   9/29/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 61 DEGREES NORTH 62 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 63 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 86 DEGREES AT

NEW BRUNSWICK AND BELVIDERE ON THE 28TH AND 29TH, AND 40

DEGREES AT BELVIDERE, NEW BRUNSWICK AND DOWNSTOWN ON THE 23RD.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 0.32 INCHES NORTH, 0.37 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 2.06 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 2.14 INCHES AT CAPE MAY COURTHOUSE ON THE 25TH TO 26TH.



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      9/29/2014

                      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      0.32 20.68*         86  40  60
CHARLOTTEBURG         0.22 26.29          84  42  62
FLEMINGTON            0.42 28.98          85  41  61
FREEHOLD              0.40 26.67          84  42  62
LONG BRANCH                32.55  (THRU 9/24)
NEW BRUNSWICK         0.37 28.79          86  40  62
TRENTON               0.34 24.89          84  43  63
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  2.41 24.97          81  45  64
DOWNSTOWN             1.89 30.68          83  40  62
HAMMONTON             1.92 30.20          82  43  62
POMONA                2.37 28.98          81  41  62
SEABROOK              1.92 29.71  (thru 9/25)
SOUTH HARRISON        1.83 29.39          82  45  63


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