How hot is it? The air in NJ might be dangerous

Looking forward to sultry, summer-like weather? Heat has been rare so far this spring in New Jersey. But the mercury, accompanied by uncomfortable humidity, is expected to climb into the 90s in parts of the state today and most areas Wednesday, according to experts…David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, said "everyone thinks it’s been so chilly and it really hasn’t. I don’t know if it’s an absence of an early season heat wave or people are still reeling from a winter that was severe and took a while to end in March. Again, (it’s) probably a combination of both."

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Pollen count on the rise in New Jersey

For those who experience seasonal allergies, the past week may have felt like the most severe of the year. But while it may seem like the start of one of the worst allergy seasons, allergist Leonard Bielory says the opposite. "The sky is not falling this year," said Bielory, an attending physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and professor at Rutgers University’s Center for Environmental Prediction. "This is the first normal season in at least 10 years. The grass is not as high, pollen counts are normal."

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Jersey Shore golf clubs putting harsh winter behind them

The light coating of snow and ice that greeted many at the Jersey Shore when they woke up Wednesday morning served as one final reminder of how tough the winter has been. The first measurable snow fell on Dec. 8, 2013, and through Wednesday some areas of Central Jersey had received upwards of 63 inches of snow from 16 different storms. Those snow totals, along with bitterly cold conditions, will play a role in the type of conditions players will encounter early in the season. It’s not all bad, however. “In some respects, having that cover helped take some of the pressure off the grass and the soil,” said Dr. James Murphy from the Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University. “If there is a lot of play during the wintertime greens and tees can get packed, and when they get compacted like that it’s not good. Come summertime if it gets very hot you can have some problems.”

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N.J.’s great women – on the farm and in the wild

For 2014, Annie’s Project New Jersey of Rutgers Cooperative Extension has announced its offering of a six-week course for greenhouse growers. This national farm business management program educates and empowers local women farmers, and since 2011 has offered specialized programming throughout New Jersey for our current and future crop of women farmers…"Annie’s Project gives New Jersey women farmers the tools to help them succeed by focusing on five areas of farm risk marketing and pricing, production risk, financial management, human and personal risk and legal risk," said Jenny Carleo, RCE Agricultural Agent in Cape May County and co-coordinator of this effort. "Annie’s Project New Jersey is unique in that our women participants focus on creating farm business plans and use social media education for marketing and business development."

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Nor’easter expected to bring rain, flooding to Jersey Shore today and Friday

The nor’easter lingering south of New Jersey is expected to bring another 1 to 2 inches of rainfall – quite a bit less than forecast earlier Thursday, according to a late-day National Weather Service briefing. "I would say right now it’s performed basically as expected," with coastal flooding and winds on target, said David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. But the storm is "underperforming a little bit" when it comes to rainfall, although that could change, he stressed. "There is still the possibility that a good swath of rain could develop and just dump on us overnight," Robinson, a geography professor, said Thursday.

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