It started with a string of small snowstorms in December, followed by a powerful blizzard that lashed the Jersey Shore in early January and an unprecedented cluster of four nor’easters that pounded our region in March.
The winter season of 2017-2018 was certainly a nasty one, with all those storms making life miserable for drivers, air and rail travelers, school officials and utility customers, but will it go down in the record books as one of the worst in New Jersey history?
Nope, says New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson, who has been analyzing all the snowfall numbers and comparing them to winter seasons dating back to the late 1800s.
While this month turned out to be the snowiest March on record in North Jersey and one of the Top 10 snowiest Marches in the rest of the Garden State, the overall snow season — which technically runs from early October until the last flakes fall in April — has been snowier than usual but nowhere close to record territory.
Robinson, whose office is based at Rutgers University, provided the following statistics to show how the 2017-2018 snow season has compared to average seasons and record seasons in each region of the state.