Winter 2000-2001 Weather in Historical Perspective
Kearny,  NJ


Temperature Data 
High 40.5 Low 25.0
Seasonal Average 32.8
Departure From Normal +0.4
Highest 640 on Dec 17 
Lowest 12 on Dec 26 


Number of Days With  
Maximum 32F or Below 12
Maximum 90F or Above 0
Minimum 32F or Below 76
Minimum 0F or Below 0    
Precipitation .01 or More 30

Snow & Ice 1.0 or More 5
Heavy Fog 1/4 mi. or Less 5 
Thunderstorms 2
Clear 398
Partly Cloudy 37
Cloudy 14


Heating Degree Days
Total This Season 2891
Departure From Normal +61
Normal 2830 


Cooling Degree Days
Total This Season 0 
Departure From Normal 0 
Normal 0 



Precipitation Data
Total for the Season 8.82
Departure From Normal +1.56
Normal 10.38

24-Hours 1.61 on Dec 16-17


Wind Data
Average Speed 8.7 
Average Direction SW 
Fastest 28 
Direction WNW
Date Dec 12

Snow & Ice  
Snow & Ice Total 31.5
Departure From Normal +8.0
Normal 23.5

24 Hours 12.5 on Dec 30

Pressure Data
Highest 30.74 on Feb 12
Lowest 29.30 on Dec 17
Averaged 30.11

Winter 2000-2001:In December, the long wave pattern was dominated by a ridge in the West and a trough in the East. Temperatures in December averaged 4.5F below normal and ranked as the 2nd coldest such month on record since 1977 and the coldest since 1989. December also was the 7th consecutive month of below normal temperatures. In January, the pattern shifted with a trough in the West and a ridge in the western Atlantic. This caused temperatures to average warmer than normal by as much as 2.6F. January ranked as the 7th warmest such month on record and the warmest since 1992. January was also the 5th consecutive such month of above normal temperatures. In February the pattern persisted and caused temperatures to average 2.8F above normal. February ranked as the 10th warmest such month on record and the warmest since 1999. The season as a whole averaged 32.8F and was 0.4F above normal. The season ranked as the 14th warmest such season on record and the warmest since 1991-92 season. Forty six days averaged above normal and 38 days averaged below normal. During December 23 days averaged below normal. In January 20 days averaged above normal. Temperature extremes included 64F on December 17th and 12F on December 26th. There were 2 days with maximums of 60F or above, 13 days with maximums of 50F or above, 42 days with maximums of 40F or above. There were 12 with minimums of 32F or lower, 76 days with minimums of 32F or lower. There were 39 clear days and 14 overcast days.

Precipitation in December totaled 3.65 inches and was above normal. December ranked as the 11th such wettest month on record and the wettest since 1999. In January, precipitation totaled 3.21 and was .75 of an inch below normal. January ranked as the 9th driest such month and the driest since 1984. January 2001 was also the 2nd consecutive such month of below normal precipitation. February, precipitation totaled 1.96 inches and was .84 of an inch below normal. February tied with February 1985 as the 5th driest such month on record. The period January through February ranked as the 5th driest such month on record and the driest since 1989. The most precipitation to fall in a 24-hour period was 1.61 inches on December on the 16th and 17th. Measurable precipitation fell on 30 days. Precipitation of a half inch of more occurred on 7 days, and precipitation of one inch or more occurred on 2 days. December 2000 was the snowiest on record with 13.4 inches. In January, snowfall totaled 7.2 inches and ranked as the 13th least snowiest month on record and the least since 1976-77 season. Snowfall in February totaled 10.9 inches and ranked as the 9th snowiest such month on record and the snowiest since 1996. The snowfall on Dec 30th, 2000 of 12.5 inches was the most snow to fall for any day in December. The season as a whole, snowfall totaled 31.5 inches ad ranked as the 7th snowiest such season on record the most since 1976-77. There were 39 days and 14 clear days.