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While the title of this report is guilty of some exaggeration, by just looking at the temperatures across New Jersey the past two Februaries you would not be far off the mark.The mildest February by far occurred in 2017 (40.4°), while this past February 2018 came in second mildest at 39.2°, just edging out 1998.This was 5.8° above the 1981–2010 mean and an impressive 8.3° above the 1895–present mean.The difference between mean periods further illustrates how Februaries in recent decades have been milder overall than earlier in the 20th century.



Next was a heavy rain event accompanied by much warmer air, then later in the month, several scattered rain and snow episodes interspersed with dry conditions and some 60° warmth.Something for most everyone, I suppose you could say! The last month of 2017 was similar to many a month this past year.Whatever the season, weather conditions varied quite a bit from week to week.This was mainly due to an absence of atmospheric blocking in the middle and high latitudes with patterns that can lock a particular weather situation in place for multiple weeks.