Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NJ Weather and Climate Network

These past few weeks, with the weather being unusually cold and with early snow, I found myself turning more frequently to weather reports on the radio, TV and Internet. I also discovered a great weather resource for New Jersey online that is worth bookmarking. It is the NJ Weather and Climate Network at Rutgers University.

It has a variety of sophisticated reports for our state. You can see the hot spots and cold spots, wind, humidity, dewpoint and more in reports that come from stations across the state.

Check the map of stations for one near your home. I can look at reports from High Point, to Caldwell, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and down at Cape May Harbor.

If you are a gardener, you can get the soil temperature in your area for planting. You may also want to check the precipitation map.

Even if you're not a weather bug, the site has lots of interesting  information. This would be a great site for teachers to use to teach students about using data for research.

Do you use Google Earth? You can mashup the sites data with their maps for some great local detail. (see bottom of home page)

And if seeing is believing for you, the site also has links to the locations of webcams throughout the state. (These web cams are not maintained by the NJWxnet and are not affiliated with the ONJSC or Rutgers University in any way.) Things look good even in the cold weather at Long Beach Island.

NJ Weather & Climate Network at Rutgers University

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