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The calendar says September, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature
Expect another hot and muggy day in Central Jersey Tuesday!  The calendar says it's September, but the weather it behaving like the hottest part of summer.  Temperatures are likely to be above 90 degrees in many parts of the state Tuesday, and with high humidity, it will feel even hotter.  WCTC Chief Meteorologist Frank Lombardo says it's a typical summer patern over New Jersey that's just a few weeks later than usual.  He says thunderstorms Tuesday evening could cool things down.  Temperatures are expected in the upper 80s the rest of the week.
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Rutgers University welcomes the largest class in its history
Classes have begun Tuesday at Rutgers University, and it's the largest ever for New Jersey's flagship public university.  Nearly 7,900 first-year undergraduate students started school Tuesday, with most of the newcomers are at the main campus in New Brunswick and Piscataway.  Nearly 90 percent of the class is from New Jersey and more than one-third are the first in their families to attend college.  Nearly 200 were valedictorians or salutatorian of their high school graduating glasses.  The university has a big change in its sports world, too, as its teams begin competing in the Big Ten conference.
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A North Brunswick man is found shot dead outside his townhouse
Prosecutors say a man found mortally wounded outside his North Brunswick townhouse apparently had been shot.  But it's still not clear why the shooting occurred.  Middlesex County prosecutors say North Brunswick police found 43-year-old Brian Hoey when they responded to the Belcourt Townhomes at Hidden Lake off Route 27 just before 1:30 Monday morning.  He was pronounced dead a short time later.  It's believed Hoey was shot outside his home, but further details have not been not disclosed, including what type of weapon may have been used or how many shooters were involved.  An autopsy was performed yesterday, but the results were not yet available.  No other injuries were reported.  No arrests have been made.
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August was cooler than usual in Central Jersey
As you probably could have figured, the month of August in Central Jersey was not as hot as it usually is.  In fact, State Climatologist Dave Robinson says it was the 19th coolest of all-time in the New Brunswick area, and the coolest since the year 2000, with an average daily temperature of 71.4 degrees, 2.1 below normal.  We had just three 90-degree days in August in the New Brunswick area.  Our high was 92 on Sunday.  And our low was Friday morning, believe it or not, when we hit 50. The month gone by also was particularly dry, with just 1.88 inches of rainfall, almost 2.4 inches below the long-term average.  That ties 1914 for the 13th driest.  But Robinson says statewide numbers were better.  And for the June, July and August summer months, we were just three-tenths of an inch below normal, with a shade under 13 inches of rainfall, and an average temp of 72.3 degrees - nine-tenths of a degree off the long-term average.
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