Flash drought means less-than-colorful fall leaves in New Jersey

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It has not rained in New Jersey for a little over a week.

The year started off with record rainfall across the country, but the rain has tapered off for most of the country over the last few weeks. A flash drought has overtaken much of the southern United States and the impacts are now reaching New Jersey. This means that the leaves will be less colorful this fall.

“When you don't have any rain for most of the month of September the visual effect of the leaves changing is diminished by that,” says Chris Flynn, owner of Hailey’s Harp & Pub in Metuchen.

The recent dry weather has made leaves around New Jersey go from green to brown. But weather experts say that it is not just the leaves that are impacted by the lack of rain -- grasses are drying out and all of this is prolonging the allergy season.

But Flynn says that he and other business owners are not complaining about the extended summer season.

“A little rain during the week for the fall foliage and the crops and a nice sunny downtown environment for the weekend,” he says.

Parts of central and southern New Jersey have been abnormally dry and are at risk for drought. But New Jersey as a whole isn’t in a drought right now.

Some rain is expected in New Jersey Monday night.

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