July 2020 Was The Hottest Since 1895
Did last month feel hot to you? Did it feel hotter than normal? Maybe you just chalked it up to the continuing existential dread that has accompanied the pandemic. Maybe you just figured you hadn't been outside in so long, you weren't used to the heat. Maybe you just thought that the fact that the world was burning was just par for the course in 2020.
Well, whatever you thought, there is science to back up the facts that July 2020 was the hottest one ever recorded in New Jersey - NJ.com says that temperature records go back to 1895, and this past July was the hottest July in 125 years!
Interestingly, the thermometer never cracked triple digits during July, instead it was an insane 25 out of 31 days during the month where temps reached at least 90 degrees that pushed the average up.
New Jersey State Climatologist David A. Robinson at Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction said that on those 25 days, at least one weather station in New Jersey recorded a temperature of at least 90 degrees. The second half of the month was especially brutal, with 10 of 14 days seeing 95 degrees or higher, with the hottest temperature coming hitting 98 in Moorestown.
NJ.com also says that the statewide average temperature reached 78.8 degrees, which is 4.2 degrees hotter than the 1981-2010 normal temperature. 2020 just beat out the previous record holding years, 1955, 1999 and 2011, by .4 degrees. We weren't the only state feeling hot - this was also the hottest July on record for six other states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
I know I'm usually in the minority around here, and especially when it comes to everyone at the office here...but I'm a winter person. I've never been a big summer guy, I've never been a fan of the heat. I always prefer cooler temps, I prefer the snow, and if Townsquare Media wants to open a radio station in Alaska, I'd be the first to sign up.