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.

Climate Center News

Fall Colors

The first half of fall was quite dry, denoted by the shades of red and orange on the precipitation map. The bulk of the Northeast saw 25 to 90 percent of normal precipitation, with the exception of West Virginia, which generally saw 110 to 200 percent of normal. Of the 35 airport climate sites, 29 were drier than normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor from October 16 showed 37 percent of the region was abnormally dry, while 4 percent was experiencing moderate drought conditions.

Yellow and orange hues on the temperature map denote that temperatures were warmer than normal during the first half of fall. Most of the Northeast ranged from near normal to 2 degrees above normal. All but two airport climate sites saw above-normal temperatures, with 12 sites ranking the season so far among their top 20 warmest.