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 APRIL 18, 2014


RAINFALL AMOUNTS...NONE THROUGH SATURDAY.
WINDS FOR SPRAYING...NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH TODAY AND SATURDAY,
LIGHT AND VARIABLE TONIGHT.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY IN PERCENT...40 TO 50 TODAY, 90 TO 100 TONIGHT,
40 TO 50 SATURDAY.
DEW POINTS...UPPER 20S TODAY, 30 TO 35 TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.
DRYING CONDITIONS...GOOD TODAY, GOOD SATURDAY.
FROST FREEZE OR DEW...LIGHT DEW TONIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT.
PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SUNSHINE...20 TODAY, 80 SATURDAY.

THERE IS LESS THAN A 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.

TEMPERATURES IN THE REPRESENTATIVE CRANBERRY BOGS COULD FALL TO
26 TO 30 TONIGHT AND 25 TO 29 SATURDAY NIGHT.

EARLY SEASON HAY CUTTING WILL SEE GOOD DRYING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

TEMPERATURES WERE MUCH BELOW NORMAL AND PRODUCED SUFFICIENT CHILLING UNITS
FOR PEACHES.  PRESSURE FROM INSECTS SHOULD BE LOWER THAN IN
RECENT YEARS DUE TO SIGNIFICANT WINTER KILL FROM MUCH BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

SOIL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AND
SHOULD ALLOW FIELD WORK TO INCREASE.

THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 25TH TO
MAY 1ST IS CALLING FOR TEMPERATURES TO AVERAGE NEAR NORMAL AND
PRECIPITATION TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL.


      Climate summary for the week ending 8am   4/14/2014

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 52 DEGREES NORTH 55 DEGREES CENTRAL

AND 57 DEGREES SOUTH. EXTREMES WERE 83 DEGREES AT SEABROOK

AND NEW BRUNSWICK ON THE 13TH, AND 27 DEGREES AT CHARLOTTEBURG

ON THE 8TH.

WEEKLY RAINFALL AVERAGED 0.43 INCHES NORTH, 0.40 INCHES

CENTRAL, AND 0.37 INCHES SOUTH.  THE HEAVIEST 24 HOUR TOTAL

REPORTED WAS 0.50 INCHES AT NEW BRUNSWICK ON THE 7TH TO 8TH.



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      4/14/2014

                      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      0.72  3.86          80  28  52
CANOE BROOK           missing
CHARLOTTEBURG         0.16  3.58          81  27  52
FLEMINGTON            0.40  4.46          81  28  52
NEWTON                missing
FREEHOLD              0.57  4.94          83  35  57
LONG BRANCH           0.12  5.23          73  32  54
NEW BRUNSWICK         0.50  5.41          83  30  55
TOMS RIVER            missing
TRENTON               0.39  3.97          82  34  56
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  0.47  4.17          75  33  55
DOWNSTOWN             0.27  4.10          81  29  55
HAMMONTON             0.42  4.97          81  30  56
POMONA                0.28  5.31          75  29  54
SEABROOK              0.34  4.77          80  39  58
SOUTH HARRISON        0.44  3.68          81  35  57