Number of the Day: 38.1

February 10, 2011 | Number of The Day

New Jersey is experiencing a well-deserved respite from winter snowstorms, as this has already been the second snowiest winter on record, with 38.1 inches of the white stuff across the state, according to the New Jersey climatologist David Robinson.

The snowiest winter on record was in 1904/05, with 45.4 inches of snow. That figure represents averages across the state, since both Hunterdon and Union Counties experienced snowfalls of 42.8 inches and 40.3 inches in January alone. Southern counties such as Cape May, got only 9.3 inches.

The month of January also has been quite cold — 3.3 degrees below normal at an average of 27.3. This cold, snowy winter follows an unusually hot, dry summer and fall.