Today is Groundhog’s Day, and inevitably there will be lots of news stories about whether Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. But for many New Jerseyans, the question is not whether there will be six more weeks of winter, but whether there will be a winter. December was the fifth warmest on record in the Garden State. And although the data is not complete for January, everyone knows it was quite a balmy month.
This follows 2011, which was the wettest year on record in New Jersey, with freak storms, including a record August rain and one of the earliest severe snowstorms on record. So, regardless of whether it’s cloudy or sunny in Punxsutawney, PA, today, one thing’s for sure: the weather is not what it was.