The weather was warm, warm, warm. Indeed, last month was the third warmest September on record in New Jersey, according to the state climatologist… The warm season (May through September) was also the third warmest since 1895, according to a monthly report by David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist who is based at Rutgers University… September averaged 71.4 degrees, or 4.5 degrees above the 1981 to 2010 norm. The two warmest Septembers were in 1961 and 2005… The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch on Sept. 23 in the northeast, central and north coastal areas following dry conditions since mid- to late summer. These were the driest areas this summer, leading to low stream flow, ground water and reservoir levels. During two weeks without rain, surface moisture became exceedingly low and a 1,000-acre fire burned in the Pinelands on Sept. 7 and 8.
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