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.
Mixed Conditions Through Mid-May
Looking at the first two weeks of May, 15 of 35 first-order climate sites have been warmer than normal while 20 sites have been cooler than normal. Burlington, VT, and Caribou, ME, which has been seeing near- or above-normal temperatures since the beginning of the year, are averaging 6.8 above normal. Atlantic City, NJ, is the coolest site at 3.1 degrees below normal.
Dry conditions have lingered across New England with all sites in that region receiving below normal precipitation so far this month. In fact, 22 first-order sites are drier than normal. On the other hand, 12 sites are wetter than normal. A storm system brought abundant precipitation to southern parts of the Northeast helping to ease dry conditions there. Check out the Northeast Drought page for more details on drought conditions.