Welcome to the NRCC
Established in 1983, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) is located in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. It serves the 12-state region that includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Major funding is provided through a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center's staff works cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center, the National Weather Service, state climate offices, and other interested scientists in the Northeast to acquire and disseminate accurate, up-to-date climate data and information.
In the Red
Most of the Northeast saw below-normal precipitation during the first half of May. In fact, some sites saw no measurable precipitation at all. Twenty of the 35 major airport climate sites saw less than 10% of normal precipitation, with 6 sites having record-dry starts to May. Around 62% of the Northeast was experiencing abnormally dry conditions as of May 14.
Temperatures were generally 3 degrees F to 10 degrees F warmer than normal. All 35 sites ranked the first half of this May among their top 15 warmest. In fact, 3 New York sites (Albany, Binghamton, and Buffalo) had record-warm starts to the month. The last time all 35 sites were warmer than normal was December 2014.