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January 9, 2012

Intuitively, it was already clear, but the numbers confirm it: 2011 was the wettest year on record in New Jersey. With 64.87 inches of precipitation, it easily beat the previous record holder, 1996, with 59.98 inches of precipitation. August's storms, which resulted in 17.22 inches of rain, contributed mightily to the total, since it was the wettest of any month on record. But all but three months in 2011 were above average in precipitation.

Not only was 2011 wet, but it was also hot. December marked the 11th consecutive month with above-average temperatures and was the 5th warmest December since 1895. The year’s average 55.2 degrees was the third-warmest year on record, a complete 3 degrees above the 1895-2010 average, and even 2 degrees above years 1981-2010.

When considering this weather record, it’s also interesting to note that New Jersey experienced one of the earliest severe snowstorm on October 29 and one of the snowiest Januaries on record.

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