April 17, 2012
Suddenly Dry: Weather Experts Concerned as Drought Conditions Wring out New Jersey
. According to state climatologist and Rutgers Department of Geography Professor Dr. Dave Robinson
, New Jersey is in the early stages of a drought. In 2011, the state experienced its wettest year in history but over the first three months of 2012 precipitation levels have been over 4 inches below average and precipitation levels in April have also been significantly below average. Additionally, temperatures have been abnormally high — the state is experiencing one of the warmest starts to a year on record. The lack of rainfall is beginning to cause stream flow, soil moisture, and groundwater levels to fall below average.