Weather officials: New Jersey sees snowiest decade since the 1960s

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New data from weather officials shows that the period between 2010 and 2019 was the snowiest 10 years in the state’s history.

For a generation of New Jerseyans, the 1960s were seen as the decade with the most amount of snow. But this no longer seems to be the case, according to state climatologist Dr. David Robinson.

“The last decade is on par with several others in the last century for one of the snowiest,” Robinson says.

The Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010 helped push the numbers up for Atlantic City Airport. The 2010s saw nearly 270 inches of snowfall there, beating the 1960s’ record by about 18 inches. Parts of northern New Jersey saw double that amount. Weather data shows that over the last decade, parts of New Jersey saw nearly 50 feet of snowfall.

The average temperature in New Jersey has increased since the 1960s, so how does warmer weather translate to more snow?

“What it comes down to is the magic freezing point,” says Robinson. “If you can keep the temperatures at or below freezing, even though its warmed. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, so if it's still a cold-warming atmosphere, you can get more snow.”

New Jersey has now entered a new decade. Forecasts show that there does not seem to be much snow in the near future. But Robinson says that New Jersey can make up for that lack of snow quickly.

“There’s still a lot of winter to go,” says Robinson.

Robinson says that in the last three winters, the snowiest months in New Jersey have been in March.

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