Drought, spring fever and record cold - March 2022 Weather Roundup
2:10 - Record warm, and cold, dominate March
5:20 - How the bitter blast at the end of the month may impact our crops.
11:40 - March's temperatures in review
17:20 - Drought hits South Jersey
23:52 - Precipitation in March
28:10 - A new snow capital of New Jersey?
For the first time since 2019, South Jersey entered a drought and New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson was the one who said we needed to be in there.
Robinson told our very own Meteorologist Joe Martucci on this Something in the Air podcast that water flows on the stream and creeks weren't as high as they should be coming into the spring, when water usage spikes.
Before the growing season really gets underway, though, there has to be healthy plants and trees to grow. While warm, even record warm temperatures dominated most of March, the last week of the month brought record cold and even snow. March 28, 29 and 30 all brought record cold and Robinson says farmers are concerned about how the late season freezes will impact their yields.
Still, South Jersey ranked around 20 for warmest Marches since records started in the state since 1895. Precipitation was average at best but still below average in most of the state, leading to drought.
And, for the South Jersey snow lovers out there, we had ourselves a year. Robinson says that out of the South, Central (yes, Central) and North Jersey zones, it's the South that is the snowiest so far this season. However, a snowy April up north could change that.