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 Record-Shattering February
February was an exceptionally cold month in the Northeast, with temperatures generally 9 degrees F to 15 degrees F below normal. Fifteen of the 35 airport climate sites had record-cold Februarys. In fact, 7 of those sites reported February as their all-time coldest month. All but two sites ranked this February among their top 10 all-time coldest months. With such a cold February, it is not surprising that the winter season ended up colder than normal at all 35 sites.
February was also quite snowy, with totals ranging from near normal up to 4.5 feet above normal. Seventeen sites ranked the month among their top 10 snowiest Februarys. At 7 of those sites, February also ranked among their top 10 all-time snowiest months. Three sites had record-snowy Februarys, with 2 of those sites also having their all-time snowiest month. The winter season was snowier than normal for most of the region.