No alarm bells are sounding, not just yet. But with each passing day of dry and hot weather, anxiety grows among New Jersey farmers and officials who fear the state may be on the tipping point of its first drought in more than a decade… "A worrisome situation is becoming all the more so each day," said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University. "The next two weeks are likely a critical juncture for us. If we get into the second and third week of June without some regular rainfall we’re going to start to see impacts multiply pretty quickly."… Things are particularly concerning in northwestern New Jersey, where groundwater and stream flow have been exceedingly low for several weeks. Robinson said this may not produce immediate impacts, but it severely restricts the amount of water flowing into reservoirs as the state moves into its peak water usage months.
/ / / Is N.J. on the Verge of its First Drought in a Decade?