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.
Meteorological fall kicked off with warm temperatures for most of the Northeast. All but two of the 35 airport climate sites were warmer than normal, with temperatures running up to 3.9 degrees F above normal. Will the warmth continue? The Climate Predication Center is forecasting an increased chance of above-normal September temperatures for most of the region.
A large portion of the region was quite dry during the first half of September. The majority of the airport climate sites saw only 11 percent to 74 percent of their normal September rainfall. Some of these areas have been experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The few sites that were wetter than normal were quite wet, though. Departures for those sites ranged from 136 percent of normal to 268 percent.