Fall in Cape May: Sunny and Dry, Very Dry 2013

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Cape May, NJ -  Ask for the weather forecast these days in Cape May and the answer is almost always the same:

Sunny. And dry. Very dry.

How dry is it? Well normally in September this area gets about 3 and a half inches of rain. This past month, we got a measly 1.29 inches.

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Basically, we’ve had drought conditions for both August and September.  And no rain in sight in the first week of October.

On top of that, September has been an astonishing 8 degrees warmer than usual.

It’s made for some pretty walks along Cape May’s promenade. And some great beach weather.

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It was a very different picture earlier in the summer.

Rains swamped the Cape May area in June and July, with twice the average amount of precipitation we normally receive. Then the rains turned off in the last days of July,  just as though someone were turning off a spigot.

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Despite the warmer September, we didn’t see the long, beastly early summer hot spells that sometimes settle in for weeks. Instead, we had slightly cooler temperatures in June and July and only slight warmer temps in August.

We can’t really complain about the weather at all in Cape May this season.

And, so far, there’s not even a hint of any serious storms, although the National Weather Service has predicted a very active tropical storm and hurricane year.

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So, let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Although a little rain certainly would be welcome in our garden right about now.

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About Paul Kerlinger

Paul Kerlinger, Ph.D. is a scientist, author and nationally known expert on bird migration. He's done extensive studies on hawks, Snowy Owls and neotropical song birds. Kerlinger is the former director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, His books include How Birds Migrate and Flight Strategies of Migrating Hawks. He's an ardent fly fisherman and organic vegetable gardener.