A northeast from Jan.31 to Feb.3 brought up to five consecutive rounds of tidal flooding, heavy rains, wind and the first snow in more than a year in coastal counties.
Meanwhile, the northern half of the state went through a storm that’s near the peak for the largest on record.
A state of emergency has been declared for the three-day storm, which spread off the coast of North Carolina, stalled off the Delmarva Peninsula, then headed north -is. COVID vaccination mega-sites have also been closed.
Moderate stage coastal flooding occurred overnight February 1-2. However, flooding has occurred before and after exaggerated problems, sometimes causing roads and bridges to be closed. Barnegat Light tide station has experienced five consecutive high tides. Atlantic City had three, while Delaware Bay was widely fought.
2.01 inches of rain fell on February 1 at Senator Frank S. Farley’s Marina in Atlantic City, a daily record. Peak wind reached 50 mph over most of the shore, with the highest reading at Seaside Heights at 56 mph. However, less than an inch fell at the Atlantic City International Airport and Millville.
Meanwhile, a 416-day snow drought, the longest on record, ended at the airport when 1.2 inches fell.
It’s not a lot, but it was something.
Further west, more snow fell. 5.5 inches fell at Mays Landing. The Cape May bubble has burst, with 2.0 inches in Cape May and 1.5 inches in Lower Township.
The real story was in the northern half of the state. Morris, Sussex and Warren counties all reported more than 30 inches of snow in at least one location. Although not confirmed by the New Jersey State’s office of the climatologist, this storm may have broken Cape May’s record for the heaviest snowstorm on record. 34 inches of snow slammed the city in February 1899.