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.
The Highs and Lows of Summer 2014
Precipitation was highly variable during August. Some sites saw extreme rainfall: Islip, NY, had its wettest August on record at 354% of normal. Other sites were quite dry. For instance, Newark, NJ, which is roughly 60 miles west of Islip, received only 48% of normal rainfall (7th driest August on record). Precipitation during the other two summer months was also highly variable. For the summer season, 23 sites were wetter than normal, one was at normal, and eleven were drier than normal.
Summer wrapped up with near-normal temperatures for much of the Northeast. Of the 35 airport climate sites, 28 were within 1°F of normal. While the season started off with a warm June, temperatures were mixed in July, and below normal in August. In fact, 33 of the airport climate sites were cooler than normal during August.