A study from Environment New Jersey suggests that the biggest storms in New Jersey are only getting bigger.
The study analyzed state data from the National Climatic Data Center from 1948 to 2011.
According to the group’s findings, the largest annual storms in the Garden State now produce 22 percent more precipitation, on average than they did 65 years ago.
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The study also suggests that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms in New Jersey are becoming more frequent. According to Environment New Jersey, the state experienced a 33 percent increase in the frequency of extreme rainstorms and snowstorms from the period studied, 1948 to 2011.
“We need to heed scientists’ warnings that this dangerous trend is linked to global warning, and do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today,” Environment New Jersey global warming and clean energy advocate Matt Elliot told NJ Spotlight.
Elliot suggests New Jersey lawmakers should work to convince Gov. Chris Christie to have the state join a 10-state regional effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to NJ Spotlight, the governor pulled out of the program last December.