Experts Says Man-o-War Mean Business — But Don’t Be Afraid to Go Swimming

North Jersey oceanographers say swimmers should not be overly alarmist about the recent influx of the potentially dangerous man-of-war jellyfish-like creatures on the Jersey Shore, as they have so far been few and far between and may soon be gone with a shift in wind patterns… But if you see one, remember- it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature. "When I hear ‘man-of-war,’ I pay attention. I feel the pain," said New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson. "I know what it feels like to be stung by a man-of-war. Ever have a hot iron put to your foot? It wasn’t in New Jersey. It was in the Florida Keys, while I was doing marine science field work."… Recently, there have been strong and prevalent northeasterly wind patterns along the Jersey coast, according to Josh Kohut, associate professor of oceanography at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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June Was Fourth Wettest on Record for New Jersey

New Jersey had 8.2 inches of rainfall this month, which is 4.18 inches above average ranking June as the fourth wettest since 1895, according to Dave Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University… "May was the third warmest May on record and June, at a half degree above normal averaging 70.6 degrees, was the thirtieth warmest on record," Robinson said. "So, it was mild in June, but not as abnormally mild as May was."… As of right now, it looks like we are in a weather pattern that likely will not lock the state into a prolonged period of warmth or dry weather.  But, the two warmest months of the year are on the way.

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Open House Attracts 350 Guests

After a day of unrelenting rain, skies cleared on Sunday afternoon (June 28) for the second annual open house at Fair Winds Farm, celebrating the month of the horse in New Jersey. About 350 guests, most of them with no connection or experience with horses, walked up the tree-lined lane, past fields of mares and foals, to the Cream Ridge farm for an afternoon of everything equine… Fair Wind’s Mark Mullen invited several partners and exhibitors to open the doors to the farm and the horse world to the general public, with FFA members parking cars and exhibiting alongside Rutgers University Equine Science program, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization, NJ Quarter Horse Association, NJ Farm Bureau and Monmouth County 4H, complete with real bunnies in baskets… "It was a beautiful day and we had enthusiastic participation from many groups and a lot of non-horse people here, visiting Dr. Hogan’s clinic, seeing all the demos," said Fair Winds’ owner Mark Mullen. "People were very complimentary about the farm and all the horses and activities. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time."

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National Moth Week Now Entry in Wikipedia

104px-Wikipedia-logo-v2-en_SVG.svgFrom a local home grown effort to an international phenomenon, National Moth Week has become an “overnight” sensation among citizen scientists. The effort, which was started by School of Environmental and Biological Sciences researcher Liti Haramaty in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and doctoral student in entomology David Moskowitz, takes place in July with nighttime events around the globe to seek out the lepidopterans that inhabit the night. As a testament to its significance, National Moth Week is now an entry in the free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and includes a link to the Rutgers University entry. [Read more…]

Bridgeton Resident Recipient of Farm Credit East Scholarship

Farm Credit East, the Northeast’s largest agricultural lending cooperative, recently awarded $48,000 in college scholarships to 32 student recipients. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship to apply towards his or her higher education… The recipient from the Bridgeton office territory is Kyle Clement, of Pedricktown. Kyle’s interest in precision agriculture is driving his career aspirations. He currently attends Rutgers University where he majors in agriculture and food systems as he works toward a career as a farm manager. His goal is to develop soil-preserving agricultural practices that are environmentally friendly and profitable.

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