Record rainfalls in N.J. extinguish likelihood of summer drought

After record rainfall in June, New Jersey is going to remain waterlogged for some time.

New Jersey Farm Bureau President Ryck Suydam says all the rain is causing problems for farmers.

“You end up getting some fungus growing along as well, which is not good. So we need some air to move around to prevent the fungus, and it’s also hard to get out there and pick when it’s this wet,” Suydam said. “You can’t get in the field because the machines are kind of heavy. When you get ankle deep in the mud it really slows things down.”

State climatologist Dave Robinson says a dip in the jet stream caused the wet weather pattern that brought nearly 10 inches of rain to New Jersey last month. The downpours have resulted in some flash floods.

Robinson says all the precipitation has filled reservoirs and pushed up groundwater levels so there shouldn’t be much concern about a summertime drought.


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