With New Jersey’s dry spell growing, state officials issued a drought watch Wednesday and called on residents to conserve water… "It is prudent," said David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist. "I think the timing is right. It’s always a tricky call because these generally are somewhat subjective decisions, mind you underlaid by factual data."… If it remains warm and dry and water use does not drop, the state Department of Environmental Protection will consider taking further action, such as declaring a drought warning. Under a warning, the DEP may order water purveyors to develop alternative sources of water or transfer water from areas with relatively more water to those with less, according to the DEP statement… Robinson, the state climatologist who is based at Rutgers University, said rainfall over the past 30 days has been 25 to 50 percent of average. Rainfall in the past 90 days has been about half the norm, and the past 90 days were warmer than normal.
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