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Unusually warm temperatures at the Shore "approaching record territory"

January? It's more like March today – stormy skies and all.

The Shore is seeing some unseasonably warm weather this week, which forecasters say is contributing to the chance of winter thunderstorms and high winds today. But don’t get too attached to the balmy breezes: Plunging temperatures and possible snow showers are in the works for the weekend. 

Temperatures started rising last night, and are expected to hit the low- to mid-60s in Ocean and Monmouth counties today, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re still kind of locked into a rather mild pattern that we’ve been in over most of the winter,” said Kristin Kline, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Mount Holly station. And the movement of pressure systems in the region has warmed things up even more, she said.

“We had a low-pressure system pass north of the area yesterday, which allowed a warm front to move through yesterday afternoon,” said Kline, “so it kind of feels a little like springtime.”

Also spring-like: the thunderstorms that could move over the area in the afternoon, the product of an unstable mix of warm and cool air in the atmosphere.

Chasing the stormy weather will be a significant cold front, Kline said, which will kick up gusty winds later this afternoon and into the evening. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see those winds hitting 35 to 40 miles per hour,” she said.

The front will bring overnight temperatures in the low 30s going into Saturday, Kline said. After a mostly sunny weekend with daytime highs in the 40s and 50s, freezing conditions late Sunday could mean some of the expected precipitation that night could fall as snow in the Shore area. 

But, she said, “it isn’t going to be anything that lasts.”

So how do our weirdly warm temperatures stack up historically?

“It’s mild enough that you’re approaching record territory,” Kline said. But not quite: the highest temperature recorded for Jan. 27 in Trenton was 68 degrees in 1974. The mercury hit 72 degrees in Atlantic City the same day. “That seems out of reach for today,” said Kline. 

WheresTheBallot January 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I would still love to any sort of data that shows CO2 causes global warming. I have seen many studies that show CO2 levels and temperature are correlated, but correlation does not mean causation. From the data that I've seen, no one can conclusively say that CO2 is the cause. Maybe I'm missing something. Steve - to your point that the accuracy of the global temperature is improving, that is exactly one of the key issues that scientists have disagreements. How can anyone say that the earth is materially warming if there is such difficulty in measuring a global temperature? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/8786565/War-of-words-over-global-warming-as-Nobel-laureate-resigns-in-protest.html
Shore Skeptic January 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Over 1,000 scientists (so far) have come out to publicly oppose the junk science teachings of "global warming": http://hw.libsyn.com/p/b/f/6/bf663fd2376ffeca/2010_Senate_Minority_Report.pdf?sid=002186a38f08894d092b5b4e6e00c62f&l_sid=27695&l_eid=&l_mid=2336201&expiration=1327949487&hwt=9aceaa916a030b0ed843251ba35e8474
pete hopkins January 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM
shore skeptic qoutes from an ex nasa scientist disgruntled because he was tossed out of nasa. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/06,-overwhelmingingly-believe-man-made-climate-change/1 . from usa today june 22 2010 . states 97 out of 100 scientists believe without a doubt that climate change is real. it was a report from the national academy of sciences. also in may 2010 the national climatic data center said that by may of 2010 it had been the warmest year on record . this was written before the summer of 2011 before we broke records for 104 degree temps in this area. shore skeptic believes what a few washed up scientists as well as some south american ones who get their paychecks now from oil companies .
pete hopkins January 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM
skeptic turn off sean hannity and pay attention to what as the commercial says "4 out of 5 dentists reccomend" . its real and the sad part is people like you are laughing us into disaster.
WheresTheBallot January 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM
pete - if you read the details of that survey, its not that 97% of all scientists believe man-made global warming is real. Its 97% of the 1372 climate researchers that they surveyed. That holds as much validity as surveying a group of 1372 chiropractors and asking them if they thought getting an adjustment was beneficial. I'm actually surprised it wasn't 100% given the focus group.
sammy seaside February 01, 2012 at 03:52 AM
ballot i bet if they showed x ray reports as evivence it would show a picture of your skull firmly and deeply up your hip area deep into your intenstines or commonly known as your head up your ass
WheresTheBallot February 01, 2012 at 11:37 AM
sammy - why the attacks? I'm trying to have an honest, intellectual debate, but apparently that's not possible. To me, this is not political at all. Its scientific. Man-made global warming is a theory based on some rational assumptions, but its still unproven. I have never seen one shred of scientific evidence that CO2 causes global warming, only that they are correlated. I really want to understand why people like yourself are so passionate about changing the entire global economy and the fabric of society based on an unproved theory. I guess its just blind faith which to me seems short-sited.
rich February 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
it seems to me that no matter how much you talk about Earth warming or not warming we really can't do much about it,Its one theory vs another theory Hope for the Best be ready for the Worse.
sammy seaside February 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
thing is rich being ready for the worse is what the deal really is. you can see by those like shore skeptic and project highbeams not only do they not care about it but scoff at science. this has been going on for centuries like when the church told galileo he would be subject to torture if he didnt reverse his theory that the earth revolved the sun . can you imagine how many people laughed at the notion of cars , tv.s and phones when they first started appearing? what they dont understand is the trees that are being cut down at an alarming rate absord co2 . what ballot wont see is even though a certain amount of co2 is naturally made there are many more synthetic gases like cfc's , hfc's and pfc's created by man that add to the greenhouse . burning coal which is made of carbon turns it from a solid to gas state. all fossil fuels including oil are pure carbon. . so instead of reading what the top sciences we have on this planet have to say like nasa and noaa even national geographic instead they think of witty things to say and pat themselves on the back afterwards . its called greenhouse for a good reason. sunlight that gets in without being vented heats up things . for shore skeptic, moonbeamn and others i,ll simplify it by putting this link from nasa designed for kids to help them understand http://climate.nasa.gov./kids/bigquestions/greenhouseeffect .
sammy seaside February 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
rich we will only see the beginnings but for their kids and grandkids they will ask years from now" how could they have been so stupid, didnt they know?" meanwhile here in jersey its been 50 degrees all winter and the past 10 yrs have been the hottest on record. 2011 being the hottest
sammy seaside February 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
correction on the link http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/bigquestions/greenhouseeffect
sammy seaside February 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
link isnt coming up google climate nasa kids big questions
Tim O'Connor February 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Shore Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Funny you should mention Galileo. Seems as if Al Gore and his ilk are doing the exact same thing to TV meteorologists who don't fully embrace and advocate the teachings of the "Church of Global Warming"... http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/30/global-warming-activists-seek-to-purge-deniers-among-local-weathermen/
Shore Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Then there is the ugly little fact that global warming proponents base their arguments on flawed computer models while at the same time skewing and/or ignoring historical data.
Shore Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Hide the decline!
Shore Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I don't watch Hannity. And while we are speaking of scientists discharged from their posts, what about Charles Monnett? You know him, they guy who spooked little kids into believing that polar bears were drowning. "Discharged for misconduct."
Shore Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Last I heard it took a Russian tanker 1 month to deliver fuel to Nome Alaska, roughly 300 miles away....and its -43F in Fairbanks today.
rich February 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I hate to be so styptic but should we all blame our grandparents and those who came before them for this,when I was young some winters had some warm days everyone just enjoyed them,of course that was before Al Gore,we didn't know his theory or that he was going to invent the Internet . Don't worry enjoy everyday you have life is too short to worry about things that can't be changed.1 volcano erupting puts more gases in the air then we can emit in 10 years.
frank reynolds February 01, 2012 at 09:58 PM
i disagree rich our grandparents didnt know. same as they didnt know years ago that cigarettes caused cancer. and volcanoes spew more ash than gas . also gore never claimed to invent the internet he claimed to have introduced legislation that helped the inventors of the internet. those like shore skeptic and tim o connor who think they know better only believe what they want to. o connor says el nino is the cause of this warm weather . what he doesnt know is the past 10 yrs have been the hottest in the 20th century so unless this el nino travelled backwards in time what he said is nonsense . looking at his posts on literally every thread in the patch there is no subject he isnt an expert on. these two are the kind of people in january after a snowfall who say "it snowed wheres the global warming?" funny how they never ask when we have record breaking heatwaves like this past summer.shore skeptic says its cold in northern alaska and bases his opinion on that. meanwhile greenland has lost much of its ice .can we do anything? no its more than likely too late so we might as well whistle away as we head towards summers that will be more than brutal in the near future. shore skeptic thinks alaska is 300 miles from here. its hopeless
frank reynolds February 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM
its 65 degrees on feb 1st and these people think thats normal . i enjoy this weather too but soon we,ll be turning on the ac in march at this rate
BN February 02, 2012 at 12:50 AM
It's the sun, stupid. http://www.globalwarminghoax.com/science/Don%20Easterbrook/PART%201%20GEOLOGIC%20EVIDENCE%20OF%20GLOBAL%20WARMING%20AND%20COOLING.pdf
johnny d February 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
bn in your comments above you first said it was the earth's core because its hot ( has been for about 4 billion years now actually molten rock from what i hear) then you blame eathquakes , then it was the magnetic poles now you says its the sun? i,m waiting for you to claim harry potter did it next. and agenda 21? you are clearly a wackadoo jumping from theory to theory . has anyone actually read what agenda 21 says ? its like the mel gibson road warrior movies with all of america being put into camps etc. bn maybe you should switch to de caff i think the caffeine screws with your attention span.
Tim O'Connor February 02, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Obama did it.
Shore Skeptic February 02, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Why is it that every time you disagree with a liberal, they are reduced to name-calling?
johnny d February 04, 2012 at 08:06 AM
shore skeptic i guess you missed the witty comment from bn "its the sun stupid ". no name calling there right?judging by your comment on the other thread about your attorney representing someone named "shore skeptic" for defamation of character you must have a carbon monoxide leak in your house . so in the end carbon is giving you brain damage. i can only imagine a judge saying "ok shore skeptic raise your right hand and swear on the bible" . lol youre as clueless as your bad sci fi movie theories .
StayCalm February 04, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Now now, Johnny... don't tease Shore Skeptic -- or they will go crying to Patch editors and get yet another article's comment section shut down, right quick!
johnny d February 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
youre right stay calm . those like project moonbeam and skeptic usually are the kind of people that will throw the ball on the roof unless they get to play the position they think they should be playing.no shortage of the amount of times they went crying to the editor and shut yet another article down.
Sean Conneamhe February 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."
johnny d February 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
thank you mr dylan


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