Hot NJ Weather: Is This a Heat Wave? [AUDIO]

Tuesday was the third day this season that some areas of New Jersey hit 90 degrees, but state climatologist David Robinson of Rutgers University said that’s actually a little late to be seeing widespread readings in the 90′s for the first time.

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Why is This ‘Normal’ Allergy Season So Bad? [AUDIO]

This spring’s allergy season in New Jersey has been classified as "normal" because elevated levels of pollen began to show up as soon as the spring season officially began in March, but many Garden State residents report having the worst allergic symptoms they can recall. So what’s going on here? Leonard Bielory, a professor at the Rutgers University Center for Environmental Prediction and a leading authority on allergies, isn’t surprised. He said recent studies confirm pollen levels are rising, and individuals who have been sensitized to one type of pollen begin to have allergic reactions to other types as well.

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Tough Winter Could Stifle a Migrating Bug [AUDIO]

The hard winter may have left New Jersey with at least one positive side effect: the slowing of the migration of a pine tree-devouring insect. Richard VanVranken, agricultural agent and head of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, said the southern pine beetle can encircle a pine tree and cut off its water supply, killing the tree over time. This harsh weather may have put the brakes on the bug’s northern migration to the Mullica Rver, but the jury’s still out. "There have been some reports that we got close to it (low temperatures) for extended periods in some parts of the region," VanVranken said. "Other parts didn’t quite get cold enough."

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Spring Allergies to Be Robust, Thanks to Snow [AUDIO]

If the amount of snow New Jersey has seen this winter is any indication, it looks like the state is in for a tough allergy season. "We’re expecting a very robust start to the spring as the melting of several feet of snow translates into several inches of water," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, allergist and immunologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital [visiting professor of Environmental Science, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University]. "The trees will be well-fed with nutrients and the pollen season starts with trees this year, so it’s going to be a strong one…" "This year, because of the heavy snow, we know that trees will be heavy pollinators," Bielory said. "Whether the season starts earlier really depends on whether we have an early thaw."

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Flooding Threat Plagues NJ Bayside Communities [AUDIO]

he main focus when discussing floods or flood zones is usually New Jersey’s coastline and those living alongside the Atlantic Ocean, but the bigger threat is elsewhere, according to experts in the field. New Jersey’s back bay communities are at a larger risk of "inundation," and the problem is only getting worse. "They are susceptible to the rising sea level that is ongoing and will be ongoing," said Dr. Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. "By 2050, we’re looking at a sea level rise that could be as much as 22 inches."

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