Meteorologist Joe Martucci

Tuesday’s weather reminds me of a quote by the author Jim Butcher:

“You don’t have to run faster than the bear to get away. You just have to run faster than the guy next to you.”

Let me explain where I am going with this.

I am anticipating a high of 59 degrees in South Jersey under a mostly sunny sky. Looking across the area, record highs range from 56 at Atlantic City International Airport to 60 in Cape May. I thought this was strange, and after some research, I was right.

Using A.C. International as the example, the record high for Dec. 19 is 56 degrees, set in 1958. That is the lowest record high temperature for the month of December.

It is also the lowest record high temperature for the year.

The fact that the record was able to stay at 56 for this long is incredible, but that is why there are records, right?

Anyway, time to move on. A cold front will push through Tuesday night. Gusty northwest winds behind the front will carry over into the last day of Hanukkah as temperatures cool into the mid-40s. The sun will try to cut the chill, but the wind usually hinders the ability to feel the warmth of the sun.

We lose the winds Thursday as the chill settles in. This will be the only below-average day of the week. A morning low in the mid-20s will only get us to the low 40s during the afternoon. The colder air will be short-lived, though.

High pressure will move to our northeast Friday, pumping in southerly winds around the clockwise-flowing system. South Jersey will get a taste of Dixie (no sunny shores, though, as the song says) for the holiday weekend. Friday will rise up into the 50s. After a very mild night, highs Saturday will flirt with 60!

Muggier air moves in Saturday as we track a potent low-pressure system. Rain will fall for periods through the day, a washout. Traveling will be slick Saturday. The rain will end in time for Christmas Eve, which will have sunshine and mild weather. That brings us to Christmas Day.

A low-pressure system will be somewhere along the East Coast, but it is too soon to know where. However, the track of the low will determine whether we have a green, brown or white Christmas.


This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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