New Jersey State Science & Nature

New Jersey voters to weigh in on environmental settlements

trentonian.com

New Jersey voters to weigh in on environmental settlements


Read More ...

Bring on the snow? Experts reveal their winter predictions for N.J

nj.com

Bring on the snow? Experts reveal their winter predictions for N.J


Read More ...

Powerful Storm Eyes New Jersey On Superstorm Sandy’s 5th Anniversary

newyork.cbslocal.com

Powerful Storm Eyes New Jersey On Superstorm Sandy’s 5th Anniversary


Read More ...

Grab a mop: Time to clean up after Christie on climate change | Editorial

nj.com

Grab a mop: Time to clean up after Christie on climate change | Editorial


Read More ...

If you think global warming and death storms are beyond our control, this is your guy | Editorial

nj.com

If you think global warming and death storms are beyond our control, this is your guy | Editorial


Read More ...

The latest on Harvey: At least 2 dead, 'catastrophic flooding' in Texas

nj.com

The latest on Harvey: At least 2 dead, 'catastrophic flooding' in Texas


Read More ...

Popular Stories

Home / New Jersey / Science & Nature
Windy weekend ahead with gusts in the 40s, rain on Saturday for N.J
Hold on to your hats this weekend as strong winds continue to blow through New Jersey along with periods of rain. While Friday and Sunday will be the drier of two of the next three days in New Jersey, strong gusts will be a factor all three days, the National Weather Service says. Friday should be sunny and breezy with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, according to the National Weather Service   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Chilly air to linger through Thanksgiving, opening door to possible snow
The recent weather pattern of colder-than-normal temperatures is expected to linger into this weekend and through Thanksgiving, but forecasters say New Jersey will likely get more rain than snow during the next week or so. The first shot at rain will come Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with light showers possible before the sun returns Thursday afternoon, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Freezing rain could cause slippery roads during morning commute
Commuters heading to work Monday morning could experience slippery road conditions in parts of northwest New Jersey, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday that could include a wintry mix of light freezing rain. Forecasters said little accumulation is expected, but a glaze of ice could form on roads, bridges and overpasses   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
New Jersey voters to weigh in on environmental settlements
TRENTON >> New Jersey voters will decide whether damages from natural resources lawsuits should go only toward environmental cleanups when they go to the ballot to pick Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s successor. The issue gained traction after the Christie administration settled a lawsuit with ExxonMobil for $225 million after more than a decade of litigation involving petroleum plants in Bayonne and Linden, as well as gas stations across the state   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government |  Science & Nature | 
Tags: Elections |  Natural environment |  Voters | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
New tropical depression forms in Atlantic, could strengthen into tropical storm
In what seems like Mother Nature's reminder that the active Atlantic hurricane season isn't over yet, a new tropical depression has developed in the central Atlantic Ocean and could strengthen into a tropical storm on Monday, forecasters said. The good news: The storm system poses no threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system formed early Monday morning and is currently called Tropical Depression 19, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Trenton Water Works: All customers, please use less water for now
TRENTON >> Customers of Trenton Water Works, including those in the suburbs, should use the bare minimum of the service until further notice. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday issued a press release urging Trenton Water Works ratepayers to curtail water use due to “operational issues” that have resulted in low water flow at the TWW plant   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Tags: Natural environment |  Water | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Bring on the snow? Experts reveal their winter predictions for N.J
Is New Jersey destined for a brutal winter with crippling snowstorms and long-lasting blasts of Arctic air? Or will the winter of 2017-2018 be a tame one, with mild temperatures and hardly any snow? It depends on which weather experts you trust. In what has become an annual autumn ritual, several major weather agencies and private meteorologists have weighed in with their winter season expectations, even though winter is still many weeks away   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Halloween weather won't be frightful for trick-or-treaters
There should be no weather worries for trick-or-treaters across New Jersey this afternoon in New Jersey. Halloween will be crisp and cool under sunny skies before temperatures drop rapidly after sunset, the National Weather Service said. Temperature are mainly in the 40s early Tuesday and will climb into the mid to upper 50s by this afternoon, forecasters say. Winds will pick up a bit but still be much lighter than Monday   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Monday commute looks ugly after flooding and heavy winds
Forecasters are advising drivers to avoid standing water left on roads Monday after a coastal storm making its way up the East Coast unleashed heavy rainfall in New Jersey. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings in numerous counties Sunday as heavy rain fell throughout the Garden State. More than 20 cities and towns could experience flooding, the weather service said, and drivers should turn around when encountering flooded roads   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Watch for flash floods and outages as powerful coastal storm aims for N.J
A coastal storm making its way up the East Coast will bring heavy rainfall and powerful wind gusts to New Jersey, possibly leading to flash flooding and power outages throughout the state. The National Weather Service expanded its flash flood watch in a Sunday morning update to cover the entire state of New Jersey. The watch is in effect from noon through the evening   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Powerful Storm Eyes New Jersey On Superstorm Sandy’s 5th Anniversary
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A strong storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and strong, gusty winds to New Jersey as the state marks the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The National Weather Service says the rain should start early Sunday and become more intense as the day goes on. It’s expected to continue throughout the evening before finally ending late Monday morning   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey |  New York | 
Flash floods, strong winds expected to hit N.J. on Sunday
Parts of northern New Jersey will be under a flash flood watch from noon Sunday into early Monday, with 2 to 4 inches of rain expected. Pockets of 5 or more inches of rainfall are possible if thunderstorms develop, and regions north of Interstate 80 are at the highest risk of flooding, weather forecasters say. The rest of the state will be under a storm watch and could see 1   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
What's the Halloween 2017 trick-or-treat weather forecast for N.J.?
The weather forecast calls for more treats than tricks for New Jersey kids who will be venturing out for Halloween candy and school parades on Tuesday. Trick-or-treaters in the Garden State should expect expect dry, mostly clear -- but slightly cool -- conditions on Halloween this year, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service, AccuWeather and WeatherWorks. After a nasty rain and wind storm on Sunday that could linger into Monday, sunny skies should prevail Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon, forecasters say   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Sunday soaker could bring heavy rain, 45 mph wind gusts to N.J
Weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea that is expected to slide up the Atlantic coast this weekend, possibly generating heavy rain and powerful winds in New Jersey and New York City on Sunday and Monday. Although it's still too early to pinpoint the track of the storm, forecasters say New Jersey and New York have the potential to receive 1 to 3 inches of rain, with pockets of higher amounts   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Tropical disturbance could fuel big weekend rain storm in N.J
Although the Atlantic hurricane basin has been relatively quiet in late October, a tropical disturbance brewing in the western Caribbean Sea this week could play a big role in how much rain falls in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region this weekend. The tropical disturbance, which has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a named tropical storm during the next five days, is expected to send a plume of moisture from the Caribbean along the eastern seaboard on Saturday and Sunday   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Heavy rain, strong thunderstorms, damaging wind to lash N.J
New Jerseyans could face a challenging commute to and from work on Tuesday, with heavy rain and strong thunderstorms expected to sweep through the region as a slow-moving cold front rumbles in from the Midwest and brings an end to the long stretch of dry weather. More than 20,000 residents were already without power as of 6:30 a.m. from high wind overnight   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Sunny skies ahead for N.J. this weekend, with rain next week
Mostly sunny skies and warmer than normal temperatures for October are in the forecast for New Jersey this weekend. The mercury is expected to rise to 77 degrees across most of the state Saturday, with slightly lower temperatures in the southernmost regions, Accuweather forecasts show. A slight chill is expected for the evening, with temperatures hovering between 50 and 55 degrees through New Jersey   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Gov. Kean: Rethinking the Jersey Shore's future in an age of climate change | Opinion
By Thomas H. Kean and Peter Kasabach. The 2017 hurricane season has already brought the U.S. three devastating storms, and the season doesn't end for another two months. As Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands struggle to recover from Maria, Florida from Irma, and Texas from Harvey, New Jersey approaches the fifth anniversary of its own terrible hurricane. Despite the lessons we should have learned from the $70 billion of damage wrought by Sandy, and the numerous storms that preceded it, our 130 linear miles of coastline and 239 coastal towns remain as vulnerable to another hurricane as they were in 2012   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Rain in store for N.J. with summer-like temps briefly returning
Wet weather is in store for New Jersey residents this weekend as summer-like warm returns to the state. On Saturday, rain is expected on-and-off throughout the day. Highs on are expected to reach into the 70s. Forecasters say on Sunday, the rain and fog will clear up by midday and temperatures will push into the 80s, making it feel more like summer than mid-October   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Remnants from Nate bring rain, gusty winds to New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Remnants from Nate are making for a wet and windy Columbus Day across New Jersey. Forecasters say heavy rain is possible through Monday afternoon that could lead to localized flooding. Minor coastal flooding is possible during high tide Monday morning. Widespread coastal flooding is not expected. A brief period of gale force wind gusts is possible along the coast during the afternoon   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
Is it viable to keep rebuilding in areas prone to destructive hurricanes?
Before President Trump was in the White House, he was outspoken in his position that global warming was essentially "a total con job." Though the president has since pulled the country out of the Paris climate change accord, the majority of scientists throughout the world have repeatedly conducted studies showing evidence that global warming is indeed happening. For over a decade now, meteorologists and other scientists have been decrying the way that global warming has increased both the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as causing sea levels to rise, potentially putting millions of lives in danger   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Grab a mop: Time to clean up after Christie on climate change | Editorial
Now that he's on his way out, we finally have the chance to form a rational energy policy. Time for a sharp break, especially given Trump's insanity – gutting federal flooding protections before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and dismissing climate change again in their wake. The good news is, both gubernatorial candidates want to rejoin a regional climate treaty that forces power companies to buy a credit to emit carbon, giving them a new incentive to cut back and yielding money to do green stuff   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
New Jersey community hit by 2nd small earthquake this week
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials say another small earthquake has struck in a New Jersey community that had a similar tremor earlier this week. The U.S. Geological Survey says it recorded the 1.0 magnitude quake around 8:05 a.m. Saturday in the area of Morristown. It did not cause any damage or injuries. Officials say earthquakes with a magnitude between 1   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
How long will this blast of summer weather last in N.J.?
Don't pack away your cargo shorts and T-shirts just yet. Even though we're officially into our first full week of fall, Mother Nature is giving us a taste of summer once again on Monday. This follows a steamy Sunday that helped rewrite the local weather record books, with several places in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania tying or breaking daily temperature records for Sept   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
White House says now isn't the time to talk climate change. Except, it is | Opinion
By Stuart Shapiro. Last week as Texas recovered from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma was barreling down on Florida, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, "Now isn't the time to talk about climate change." With these storms in the recent past and Hurricane Jose bearing down on the Jersey Shore and Maria right behind it, climate change should be on everyone's tongues   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Hurricane Jose brings rough surf, flooding to New Jersey shore
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:52PM Hurricane Jose brought rough surf and some street flooding to the New Jersey shore on Tuesday. Even though the storm is churning in the Atlantic, hundreds of miles off the coast, it is still bringing some of the biggest waves the shore has seen in quite some time. "It's so powerful! I can't imagine. Last night we saw people out there surfing, and I was thinking 'they're just taking their life in their hands,'" said Leola Baker of Harrisburg, Pa   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
Hurricane Jose puts N.J. on coastal flood watch as storm churns off coast
Tropical storm watches have been dropped for New Jersey from Hurricane Jose as the storm is now expected to pass further off shore, though coastal flood watches remain along with concerns about dangerous rip currents. Forecasters have also scaled back the amount of rain expected to fall in New Jersey when Hurricane Jose makes its closest pass to the Garden State either Tuesday or Wednesday   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
The Latest: Jose stirs up surf along New Jersey shore
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): The surf remains rough along the New Jersey shore and there's a chance for some coastal flooding because of Jose. But the strong winds associated with the hurricane are well off the coast. A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday and a coastal flood warning is posted until 1 a   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
Jose poses tropical storm threat along New Jersey shore
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Jose is threatening the New Jersey shore with rough surf, powerful winds and the chance for storm surge. A tropical storm watch is in effect Monday for eastern Monmouth, Ocean, southeast Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Tropical storm conditions are possible Tuesday. Irma is churning up the ocean and swimmers are advised to stay out of the surf   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
Irma poses tropical storm threat along New Jersey shore
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Irma is threatening the New Jersey shore with rough surf, powerful winds and the chance for storm surge. A tropical storm watch is in effect Monday for eastern Monmouth, Ocean, southeast Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Tropical storm conditions are possible Tuesday. Irma is churning up the ocean and swimmers are advised to stay out of the surf   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  New Jersey | 
Tropical storm watch issued as Jose heads toward East Coast
A tropical storm watch was issued Sunday evening in several states, including New Jersey, as Hurricane Jose continues to make its way toward the East Coast. The National Hurricane Center issued the watch as the hurricane's maximum sustained winds picked up speed from 80 to 90 mph. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the hurricane was about 335 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, heading north at 9 mph   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
America doesn't care about climate change because we elected Trump? Hogwash! | Opinion
By Ed Potosnak. When the solar eclipse happened on Aug. 21, millions of people in the continental U.S. went outdoors to witness this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon of nature. No one called it a hoax, denied it was happening, or asked what was the cause. Climate change - and the human activity that causes it - is equally validated by scientists, unfortunately some continue to deny the reality as the clock ticks and temperatures rise   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Hurricane Jose weakens to tropical storm, likely to strengthen again
Although a direct hit on the East Coast is very unlikely, and most computer guidance models are showing Jose moving north and then out to sea sometime next week, some models are pushing the storm closer to the coast. As a result, forecasters from the National Weather Service offices in New Jersey and New York say they are closely monitoring Jose’s track   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Will Irma remnants affect N.J. with rain, rip currents?
The affects of once powerful Hurricane Irma on New Jersey are expected to be relatively minimal, forecasters say. While the former category 5 hurricanes has dissipated into what forecasters term a "post-tropical cyclone," very little of that moisture will make its way into the Garden State this week. Irma's winds peaked last week at 185 mph as it left a path of devastation across the Caribbean and later Florida, but now has winds of about 25 mph   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Dozens dead, buildings destroyed in wake of powerful earthquake in Mexico
MEXICO CITY -- One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses while sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles away. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit off Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border with a magnitude of 8   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
As Irma looms, Harvey makes climate change clearly visible. Is N.J. prepared? | Opinion
By Jeff Tittel. Hurricane Harvey is the biggest rain event in the nation's history and could turn out to be one of the most destructive storms ever. Thousands of people are out of their homes, the death toll has been climbing, and people are still being rescued. The magnitude of Harvey shows the impact of climate change. The Gulf of Mexico has increased in temperature because the planet is getting warmer, which made the storm catastrophic   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey |  Cook | 
If you think global warming and death storms are beyond our control, this is your guy | Editorial
Hurricane Harvey is another wake-up call, a reminder that we can no longer ignore man's contribution to the warming of the planet and how it increases our vulnerability to devastating weather events. To deny that only that invites more catastrophes like the one that has ravaged our nation's fourth largest city. It is also a reminder that we need leaders who tell the truth, not people whose careers were advanced on fossil fuel money and climate denialism - yet right on cue, here comes Steve Lonegan, pursuing another office that should make New Jersey's collective gut seize   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
What N.J. would look like during a 500-year flood
When Hurricane Harvey brought a record-breaking four feet of rain to flood-prone Houston last week, it was referred to by officials as a “500-year flood”– a rainfall event that has one in 500 chance of occurring in a single year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has flood risk maps that calculate which areas are at would be at high risk of flooding during a 500-year flood event   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Here's your Labor Day weekend weather forecast for N.J., day by day
Last year, New Jersey’s Labor Day weekend was thrown into turmoil by the threat of Tropical Storm Hermine. This year, the remnants of a much more powerful storm — Hurricane Harvey — could spoil part of Labor Day weekend 2017. Although forecasters are still not certain about the timing and extent of the moisture heading in our direction, they say some rain is likely from late Saturday into early Sunday as Harvey’s moisture merges with an upper-level trough from the Midwest   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey | 
Harvey climate deniers take a page from Big Tobacco | Editorial
Harvey is precisely the kind of weather event that scientists have been predicting climate change would give us, a monster hurricane with severe downpours and devastating flooding. Yet some are still resisting reality, by noting that we can't connect this specific storm to climate change. The same is true of cancer and tobacco, as climate scientist Heidi Cullen points out. We still can't say for sure that someone who smokes two packs a day and dies from lung cancer died because of smoking   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Northeast |  Atlantic |  New Jersey |