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TRENTON, N.J. -- Don't call off the drought just yet.
``In the short term, we're OK,'' state climatologist Dave Robinson
said. ``But in the long term it would be prudent to wait to pronounce
the drought dead and over.''
A recent nor'easter dumped more than 2 inches of precipitation on
some parts of the state and as little as a quarter-inch on others --
all of it less than predicted, but enough to spur state Department
Environmental Protection officials to take a new look at statewide
limits on water use.
``It had an impact,'' spokeswoman Elaine Makatura said. The
highest totals were recorded in the state's northwest quadrant. South
Jersey, continuing a yearlong trend, received the least.
Makatura said officials will assess reservoir and groundwater
levels and stream flow to decide if restrictions put on residents can
In late summer, the state reimposed bans on watering lawns and
washing motor vehicles that were first put in place earlier in the
year after record-low precipitation levels sounded the drought alarm.
While the entire state could do with more precipitation, Robinson
said, ``We're chipping away.''
The rains of September and October have been beneficial, he said,
with each of the state's three regions already topping the normal
average for the current month.
Still, Robinson said, officials should remain wary about easing
``The last six weeks doesn't tell the whole story,'' he said.
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