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.
A Fine Line Between Wet and Dry
A parade of storms marched across West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic during the first half of March. Nineteen of the 35 Northeast airport climate sites ranked the period among their top 20 wettest starts to the month, with Atlantic City, NJ, and Kennedy Airport, NY, being record-wet. The wet areas also tended to be snowier than normal, with 16 sites ranking the period among their top 20 snowiest. Conversely, New York and New England were quite dry, with some sites seeing less than 25 percent of normal precipitation. These dry areas also tended to be less snowy.
The chill of winter lingered into the first two weeks of meteorological spring, with temperatures running 2 to 6 degrees F colder than normal for most of the region. Of the 34 airport climate sites that were colder than normal, 13 sites ranked the first half of March among their top 20 coldest.