David Robinson – New Jersey State Climatologist
Nobody is pushing the panic button just yet, but with drier-than-normal conditions and higher-than-average temperatures over the past few weeks, state officials are carefully monitoring reservoir levels as they begin to drop… “We really don’t have any margin for error in the precipitation department because we’re seeing very low stream flow for this time of year,” New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University Dave Robinson said. “Ground water is dropping and the reservoirs in the northern part of the state are starting to drop at a rate that’s a little faster than their normal decline.”
You can tell just from walking outside, but the weather records prove this May in New Jersey is definitely cooler than usual… “Temperatures are averaging, daily highs and lows — in the upper 50s,” Dr. David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, told New Jersey 101.5. “And we should be, on average for the first part of May, in the lower 60s.”
The hunger for a Jersey tomato is so great that it’s already sold out… The Rutgers tomato has been popular for decades because it gave growers that “tomato tastiness” that came to be lacking in the tomatoes sold at grocery stores. Those tomatoes have to be tough enough to withstand factory farming and transportation, Rutgers plant biologist Thomas Orton says.
It’s been a mostly-dreary start to the month of May in New Jersey, with more rain expected later Friday, but maybe we shouldn’t complain about the unpleasant conditions. According to David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers, the precipitation was “much needed,” and it temporarily “put the brakes” on drought concerns for the Garden State.
What is being called “an explosion” of early tree pollen is about to descend on long-suffering New Jersey allergy victims. Blame it on the wet El Nino winter, according to Dr. Leonard Bielory, an allergy specialist with the Rutgers Center o…
This past winter season was full of surprises, and one of the biggest was the amount of snowfall New Jersey wound up with when all was said and done. According to Dave Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers this past winter, “snowfall was actually a little bit above average.” That’s despite the fact that New Jersey saw few snowstorms.
The hint of an early spring may prompt allergy sufferers to wonder about the spring pollen season. One expert says it may start early. “The ground is quite saturated, because of the amount of water nutrients in the ground that is really there already,” pollen and allergy expert Dr. Leonard Bielory of the Center for Environmental Prediction at Rutgers.
The massive winter storm that blanketed the area this past weekend is long gone, but many parts of Jersey are still digging out after the storm produced 20 to 30 inches of snow. And while the risk of flooding down the shore has decreased, it’s increasi…
You may have noticed that the strong El Niño winter has yielded very little snow in New Jersey so far, and while that’s unusual, it has happened before.
Even Sunday’s wintry weather only produced a dusting to about 2 inches in parts of the sta…