The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Long Branch, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Long Branch
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Long Branch:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
Latest News in Long Branch, NJ
Football Opens with Win at Wagner
Fordham University Athleticshttps://fordhamsports.com/news/2022/9/1/football-opens-with-win-at-wagner.aspx
Staten Island, N.Y. – The good news for Wagner is that Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat will be out of eligibility after this year. The bad news for the Seahawks is they still had to play the Rams signal caller tonight. DeMorat completed 18 of 25 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for another, as Fordham mounted a strong second half to defeat Wagner, 48-31, on Hameline Field.DeMorat has a taste fo...
Staten Island, N.Y. – The good news for Wagner is that Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat will be out of eligibility after this year. The bad news for the Seahawks is they still had to play the Rams signal caller tonight. DeMorat completed 18 of 25 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for another, as Fordham mounted a strong second half to defeat Wagner, 48-31, on Hameline Field.
DeMorat has a taste for Seahawk as last year he tied a school record with six touchdown passes, completing 19 of 23 passes for 339 yards against Wagner.
The Rams trailed 28-20 midway through the third quarter before DeMorat connected on back-to-back scoring strikes, the first a 44-yarder to Fotis Kokosioulis, and the second a 44-yarder to Garrett Cody, to put the Rams up 34-28 with 30 seconds left in the third.
DeMorat let his feet do the work on the next score, scampering in from two yards out with just over four minutes remaining and Trey Sneed finished off the scoring for the Rams with a four-yard run with 2:12 on the clock, giving Fordham a 48-28 lead.
Kokosioulis finished with nine catches for 150 yards and the score while MJ Wright also caught a pair of touchdowns.
On the ground, Julius Loughridge picked up his first career 100-yard rushing game, gaining 114 yards on 20 carries.
• The Rams are 50-35 all-time in season openers since 1920, 11-23 since moving to the NCAA FCS in 1989.
• The win snapped a six-game season-opening losing streak for the Rams.
• The game at Wagner was Fordham's first on Staten Island since a game with the Seahawks in 1984 and will be the Rams' fifth game played on the island.
• Wagner is coached by former Fordham head coach Tom Masella.
By the Numbers
72 – Career passing touchdowns for Tim DeMorat, second on the Fordham career list, one behind Kevin Anderson (2014-2017) who holds the school career touchdown passes record with 73.
42.5 – Career tackles for loss by Ryan Greenhagen, moving him into third on the Fordham all-time list.
188 – Career solo tackles for Greenhagen, moving him into fourth on the Fordham career list.
321 – Career tackles for Ryan Greenhagen, fourth most all-time.
724 – Career completions for DeMorat, second on the Fordham career list.
8,949 - Career passing yards for DeMorat, is second best at the school.
What's Next? • The Rams travel to West Long Branch, N.J., to face the Monmouth University Hawks on Saturday, September 10, at 1:00 p.m.
• It will be the fifth meeting between Fordham and Monmouth with Hawks leading the all-time series, 3-1.
• Monmouth took the last two meetings, including a 26-23 win on September 11 last year on Jack Coffey Field as Juwon Farri rushed for 156 yards and one touchdown.
• Tim DeMorat completed 27 of 49 passes for 352 yards and three scores for the Rams.
Kushner Approved To Build 299 Apartments In Long Branch
Construction will start this winter on 299 apartment units on Lower Broadway, plus a likely food market and cafe:LONG BRANCH, NJ — On Wednesday night, the Long Branch City Council passed a resolution that allows Kushner Companies to develop several long-vacant properties on Lower Broadway.The city approved Kushner to build mixed-use retail/residential there, said Long Branch Mayor John Pallone. The city of Long Branch approved a much smaller project than what Kushner originally wanted."The redevelopment agre...
Construction will start this winter on 299 apartment units on Lower Broadway, plus a likely food market and cafe:
LONG BRANCH, NJ — On Wednesday night, the Long Branch City Council passed a resolution that allows Kushner Companies to develop several long-vacant properties on Lower Broadway.
The city approved Kushner to build mixed-use retail/residential there, said Long Branch Mayor John Pallone. The city of Long Branch approved a much smaller project than what Kushner originally wanted.
"The redevelopment agreement provides for significantly less density than Kushner Companies' previous proposal for the site," said Pallone in a statement Thursday. "Only 299 residential units are allowed, making this project about half the size of the previous 599 units. Thirty of the units would have to be affordable housing. Kushner Companies are required to have a minimum of 22,000 square feet of retail, which they anticipate will include a food market and cafe."
Kushner was not given a tax abatement for this project.
“There are also strict deadlines Kushner Companies would have to meet, including an agreement to begin construction within six months of their approvals by the city," Mayor Pallone continued.
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Kushner also agreed to pay a $100,000 redevelopers' fee to the city.
The Kushners are the developers of Pier Village in Long Branch. Kushner Cos. was started by Charles Kushner, the father of former President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Charles Kushner and his wife still live in Long Branch to this day, and they are also the owners of Monmouth Mall, a big chunk of which is about to be turned into apartment housing. J.C. Penney at the mall is closing in October at the latest, and will be torn down.
Last week, Sept. 7, Kushner Companies officially acquired the Lower Broadway property from Long Branch Partners, ending several years of litigation over the property sale and the termination of Long Branch Partners redevelopers' designation.
Long Branch City Council vice president Dr. Mary Jane Celli hailed this as a win for the Lower Broadway area.
"We are happy to be moving in the right direction in getting Lower Broadway developed," she said. "Our administration has been adamant about no tax abatement for this property. We are also pleased to be gaining another 30 affordable housing units in the city."
Related: First Look At Kushner's Plan For 1,000 Apts. At Monmouth Mall (Aug. 23)
Long Branch sober house owner pleads guilty, but 'extremely sympathetic' judge tosses fine
LONG BRANCH - A three-year court fight ended Wednesday, with the owner of a sober house on Chelton Way pleading guilty to operating without a license, but the legal odyssey is not over.Richard Braha, a recovering addict, opened his sober house in the summer of 2019 without a license from the state of New Jersey to run a Cooperative Sober Living Residence, or sober house.Braha was given a summons by the city on Aug. 30, 2019, for operating without a license. However, Braha had applied for the license 11 days befor...
LONG BRANCH - A three-year court fight ended Wednesday, with the owner of a sober house on Chelton Way pleading guilty to operating without a license, but the legal odyssey is not over.
Richard Braha, a recovering addict, opened his sober house in the summer of 2019 without a license from the state of New Jersey to run a Cooperative Sober Living Residence, or sober house.
Braha was given a summons by the city on Aug. 30, 2019, for operating without a license. However, Braha had applied for the license 11 days before, and eventually did receive the license from the state to run the home this past February.
The home, located in a residential neighborhood, provides a safe haven for recovering addicts and alcoholics to get back on their feet after completing rehab.
Municipal Court Judge Luanne Peterpaul said the court is "extremely sympathetic" to people recovering from substance abuse. As such, Peterpaul suspended the $2,000 fine associated with the summons. Braha had to pay $33 in court fees.
"This is all we wanted. When they opened they didn't have their license. They had to go through the process," City Attorney Louis Rainone said.
The city does have other sober houses operating that are licensed and have zoning permits, according to city officials.
While Braha can keep his sober house open, he must go before the city's Zoning Board and get a permit to operate legally in the city, which prohibits rooming and boarding houses.
Braha's attorney Alex DeSevo, himself a recovering addict and close friend of Braha, said they're prepared to debate that point. DeSevo said the house doesn't need a zoning variance because state law created a rooming house license, called a Class F, for Cooperative Sober Living Residences, or CSLRs. The Department of Community Affairs considers CSLRs a single-family home, according to a letter from the DCA to DeSevo.
"They may need a variance. The zoning board will make that determination," Rainone said.
Ten people reside at the house. Joseph Daly, of the Bayville section of Berkeley and a recovering heroin addict, is one of them.
"If it wasn't for this place, I'd be dead," Daly said.
When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected]
NJ beach weather and waves: Jersey Shore Report for Tue 9/20
Advisories--None at this time.At the ShoreCurrent conditions and forecast as of Tue morningRip Current RiskLowWaves1 - 3 feetWindsFrom the Northwest10 - 17 mph (Gust 23 mph)8 - 15 knots (Gust 20 knots)Ocean Temperature74° - 81°(Normal 66° - 70°)Air Temperature76° - 81°Sunrise/Sunset6:41am - 7:00pm...
--None at this time.
At the Shore
Current conditions and forecast as of Tue morning
|Rip Current Risk||Low|
|Waves||1 - 3 feet|
|Winds||From the Northwest10 - 17 mph (Gust 23 mph)8 - 15 knots (Gust 20 knots)|
|Ocean Temperature||74° - 81°(Normal 66° - 70°)|
|Air Temperature||76° - 81°|
|Sunrise/Sunset||6:41am - 7:00pm|
|UV Index||6 (High)|
|SANDY HOOKSandy Hook Bay||LowTue 10:28a||HighTue 4:35p||LowTue 11:25p||HighWed 5:18a|
|LONG BRANCHAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 9:52a||HighTue 4:09p||LowTue 10:49p||HighWed 4:52a|
|MANASQUAN INLETAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 10:04a||HighTue 4:23p||LowTue 11:01p||HighWed 5:06a|
|SEASIDE HEIGHTSAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 9:56a||HighTue 4:05p||LowTue 10:53p||HighWed 4:48a|
|SEASIDE PARKBarnegat Bay||HighTue 8:01a||LowTue 2:33p||HighTue 8:15p||LowWed 3:30a|
|BARNEGAT INLETBarnegat Bay||LowTue 10:16a||HighTue 4:32p||LowTue 11:16p||HighWed 5:13a|
|MANAHAWKIN BRIDGEManahawkin Bay||HighTue 7:08a||LowTue 2:07p||HighTue 7:22p||LowWed 3:04a|
|LITTLE EGG INLETGreat Bay||LowTue 10:42a||HighTue 5:14p||LowTue 11:48p||HighWed 5:49a|
|ATLANTIC CITYAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 9:57a||HighTue 4:30p||LowTue 11:09p||HighWed 5:06a|
|OCEAN DRIVE BRIDGETownsends Inlet||LowTue 10:06a||HighTue 4:52p||LowTue 11:25p||HighWed 5:15a|
|WILDWOOD CRESTAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 10:04a||HighTue 4:50p||LowTue 11:15p||HighWed 5:20a|
|CAPE MAYDelaware Bay||HighTue 5:07a||LowTue 10:51a||HighTue 5:27p||LowWed 12:00a|
From the National Weather Service, Mt. Holly
TUE: NW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. S swell 2 to 3 ft at 4 seconds, becoming NW around 2 ft at 3 seconds in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning with vsby 1 to 3 NM.
TUE NIGHT: NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. NE swell around 2 ft at 6 seconds, becoming SE at 7 seconds after midnight.
WED: NW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. SE swell around 2 ft at 7 seconds. Light swells.
WED NIGHT: SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. S swell 2 to 4 ft at 5 seconds. Light swells. A chance of showers after midnight.
THU: W winds around 15 kt, becoming NW in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. S swell 2 to 3 ft at 10 seconds. Light swells. Showers likely.
THU NIGHT: NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. SE swell 2 to 5 ft at 13 seconds. Light swells. A chance of showers in the evening.
FRI: NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to 4 to 6 ft after midnight.
SAT: NW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
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Data on this page amalgamated from several sources, including the National Weather Service (weather), National Ocean Service (tides), U.S. Naval Observatory (sun), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (UV index).
Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. The Shore Report is generated semi-automatically daily at 5 a.m. from mid-May to late September. Follow Dan's weather blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for your latest forecast and realtime weather updates.
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Beach Boys Albums Ranked
There's way more to the band that surfing, cars and girls.
30. 'Summer in Paradise' (1992)
29. 'Keepin' the Summer Alive' (1980)
27. 'Still Cruisin'' (1989)
The Beach Boys' first album after "Kokomo" returned them to the top of the charts is filled with songs, like "Kokomo," that were used in recent movies. There's also a cover of "Wipe Out" featuring hip-hop trio the Fat Boys. And the one new Brian Wilson song originally included a co-writing credit for his controversial psychologist. Not the worst Beach Boys album, but damn close.
24. '15 Big Ones' (1976)
23. 'The Beach Boys' Christmas Album' (1964)
22. 'The Beach Boys' (1985)
21. 'L.A. (Light Album)' (1979)
19. 'Little Deuce Coupe' (1963)
The Beach Boys' fourth album was released less than a month after their third. The rush job included a handful of songs that had already appeared on other LPs and a reworked version of a previous single. Still, the car theme that runs throughout 'Little Deuce Coupe' holds it together conceptually.
18. 'That's Why God Made the Radio' (2012)
17. 'Shut Down Volume 2' (1964)
16. 'Surfer Girl' (1963)
14. 'Friends' (1968)
13. 'Beach Boys' Party!' (1965)
12. 'The Beach Boys Love You' (1977)
11. 'Surfin' U.S.A.' (1963)
The group's second album is where Brian Wilson starts playing around in the studio. He's still not given a producer credit, but his hand is slowly pushing the Beach Boys in bold new directions. The title song and "Shut Down" are the keepers here, but Wilson inches closer to greatness throughout.
10. 'The Smile Sessions' (2011)
9. 'All Summer Long' (1964)
8. 'Holland' (1973)
7. 'Wild Honey' (1967)
6. 'Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)' (1965)
The record company wasn't that happy with the Beach Boys' artistic evolution on 'Today!,' so four months later the group returned with this peace offering: a collection of old-school girl- and California-themed songs (see "California Girls"). But Brian Wilson's adult ear was still tuned to more ambitious places, so 'Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)' comes off like teenage radio fantasies swathed in grown-up sounds. Their next proper album, 'Pet Sounds,' skipped the compromises.
5. 'Sunflower' (1970)
4. 'Smiley Smile' (1967)
A few months after Brian Wilson's mammoth 'Smile' project was shelved, the band returned with a distilled version of the concept. 'Smiley Smile' is loose, weird and far enough away from what a Beach Boys record should sound like that the album was the band's lowest-charting LP at the time. "Heroes and Villains" is here; so is "Good Vibrations." But there are plenty of other better-than-expected, mind-bending psychedelic fragments too.
3. 'The Beach Boys Today!' (1965)
Brian Wilson's run-up to 'Pet Sounds' is a magnificent blend of orchestral pop and introspective songwriting. Inspired by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production, as well as by the growing notion of the album as an art form, Wilson assembled 'The Beach Boys Today!' to play as a conceptual piece that flows from one emotional peak to another. A masterful achievement that signaled a bright new era.
2. 'Surf's Up' (1971)
1. 'Pet Sounds' (1966)
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N.J. weather: How much rain do we need to ease drought? Here’s what a weather expert says.
For the first time in 10 days, the sky over Harvey Cedars and Surf City on Long Beach Island turned pitch black Monday morning, and rain came pouring down. In huge volumes.More than 4 inches of rain — almost a whole month’s worth — fell in Harvey Cedars in just a few hours, and nearly 6 inches of rain saturated Surf City. Later in the day, other ...
For the first time in 10 days, the sky over Harvey Cedars and Surf City on Long Beach Island turned pitch black Monday morning, and rain came pouring down. In huge volumes.
More than 4 inches of rain — almost a whole month’s worth — fell in Harvey Cedars in just a few hours, and nearly 6 inches of rain saturated Surf City. Later in the day, other areas of New Jersey, like New Brunswick and Edison in Middlesex County, got drenched with the most rain they have seen in a single day since early May.
So our drought concerns are gone, right?
No, according to David Robinson, one of the state’s top experts on droughts and other climate conditions.
The state climatologist at Rutgers University says New Jersey needs more rain — a lot more — during the next several weeks in order to make a dent in the serious drought conditions that have plagued a wide swath of New Jersey this summer.
Parts of seven counties — Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union — are currently experiencing severe drought conditions because of the extremely sparse rainfall during the past two months.
About one-third of the state has moderate drought conditions, one stage below severe, and almost all the areas that are not experiencing moderate or severe drought conditions are classified as “abnormally dry.”
The bottom line, Robinson says, is New Jersey needs at least a few widespread rain events — not isolated showers and thunderstorms that drench some places and leave others virtually dry.
“Four inches over the next four weeks would certainly help reverse the situation,” Robinson said. “With more than that four inches, we would be better off in terms of replenishing ground water, river flow, and perhaps turn the tide on reservoir levels.”
On top of needing a lot of rain, it also would help if the rain came in small spurts — not all in a big deluge, like the one we saw Monday morning on Long Beach Island and in the late afternoon and early evening in parts of northern and central New Jersey.
“The point here is that we don’t in short order need to make up what in some areas is over a 6-inch deficit these past two months,” Robinson said. “In fact, that much rain too fast would be partly ‘wasted’ as it would quickly run off and head out to sea.”
The waves of rain that fell from the sky on Monday repeated a pattern that our region has seen many times this summer.
Some areas got drenched, while others saw some light drizzle that barely amounted to a tenth of an inch in the rain gauge.
One good example is Surf City, where the National Weather Service received a report of 5.77 inches of rain Monday morning, and Little Egg Harbor Township — only 13 miles away — picked up just 0.03 inches.
“The storms this summer have been less frequent and smaller in spatial extent than we often experience in a New Jersey summer,” Robinson said. “There haven’t been too many areas where there have been repetitive heavy rain events. Most areas have missed the heavier events while some areas have missed such events time and time again.”
Aside from a slight chance of scattered rain showers in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, and another slight chance of showers on Friday, most of the next seven days are looking fairly dry in the Garden State, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service and AccuWeather.
And the long-range forecast from the Climate Prediction Center calls for only a slight chance of above-normal precipitation in New Jersey during the next 10 days.
So New Jersey’s drought situation might not improve anytime soon.
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