- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - The U.S. Drought Monitor says New Jersey’s dry spell has gotten worse and more than a quarter of the state is in a moderate drought.

More than 80 percent of the state is now considered abnormally dry. That’s close to 30 percent more than last week. And 29 percent is in a moderate drought compared to just 11 percent last week.

State climatologist David Robinson tells the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/1J7vfS3 ) that well-below average rainfall over the last eight weeks has caused New Jersey’s drought to grow. He says the last four weeks have been especially brutal.

The dry spell has led to increased danger for wildfires.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com


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