Rutgers Cooperative Extension Offers “Prepare for Later Life Farming” Workshops

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering its farm transition and estate planning workshop, Preparing for Later Life Farming, in three separate locations in New Jersey, on Feb. 9-11… Educators include Dr. Bob Parsons, extension economist at the University of Vermont and Dr. Barbara O’Neill, extension specialist in financial resource management at Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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New York Dodges Blizzard Bullet, But Weather Models Under Scrutiny

The record snow storm that was expected to pummel the Northeast on Tuesday failed to live up to its epic billing in the New York/New Jersey region- though it did hammer much of New England- putting the weather models used to predict the blizzard into question… "There were errors in the forecast and it was significant enough that it impacted the major metropolitan area in the country — therefore, there’s going to be a lot of scrutiny," Professor David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, told FoxNews.com. "This is an imperfect science that is being done better than ever, but, occasionally, things aren’t going to work as accurately as forecast."

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Snowstorm’s Forecast Was Mostly Right, Even if it Felt Wrong in New York

In the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t, New Yorkers on Tuesday were asking how the weather forecasters could have been so wrong… The answer, the forecasters say- and they are backed up by atmospheric scientists who do not have any reason to be defensive- is that they were not so wrong. Computer models predicted that the storm would become extremely powerful, which it did, but the intensification occurred 50 to 100 miles east of where the preferred model predicted it would… But David Robinson, an atmospheric scientist at Rutgers University, said that just because the European model was more correct on average did not mean that it always would be right. He likened it to baseball players. "It’s as if the Euro is considered the all-star and the U.S. is considered a good, solid, everyday player," Dr. Robinson said. "But in any given game, the solid regular guy might get the hit while the all-star doesn’t."

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Everything You Need to Know About the Latest NJ Blizzard Forecast

A blizzard with the potential to be the worst storm in more than four years is bearing down on New Jersey, one that could dump more than two feet of snow, render travel impossible and pour seawater into homes along the coast… If even half of (Sunday’s) predicted values falls, you’re still talking about 12 to 15 inches (of snow). That in itself would be highly disruptive," said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University.

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Applications Being Accepted for Fall Master Gardener Classes Held in Bridgewater

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County is currently accepting applications for the fall… The Rutgers Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, faculty and professional staff. Some topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, disease and pest identification and control, and gardening and environmental principles.

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