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Wet Winter Relieves Drought Worries [AUDIO]

Drought concerns should be non-existent in New Jersey this spring.

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Rain on the parkway
Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ

The state entered winter late last year on a dry spell, but more than 53 inches of snowfall statewide and nearly a month’s worth of rain this past weekend helped alleviate any worries of a water shortage in the months ahead.

“We’re in good shape in the water department,” said David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. “We go into spring knowing that we’ll have ample water supplies as we enter the summer.”

Robinson noted the heavy rains put some rivers at flood stage, but they “should drop back pretty quickly” over the next few days. Another bout of rain is expected at the end of the week.

“There are more positives than negatives in this rainfall we had the past several days,” Robinson added.

Any drought relief can vanish, though, in the heat of summer. A hot and dry June and July can quickly deplete New Jersey’s available water.

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