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.
February & Winter Summary
February was yet another colder-than-normal month for the Northeast, with the coldest areas located mainly in Pennsylvania and New York. Erie, PA, had the greatest departure, -7.9 degrees. The winter season (December through February) featured below-normal temperatures, as well, with departures generally between 1 and 5 degrees below normal.
Most Northeast sites received above-normal precipitation in February, with departures generally between 100 and 200 percent of normal. Combined with a wet December, most of the region ended up wetter-than-normal for the winter season. It was a snowy February for the region as 28 of the 35 major Northeast cities ranked the month among their top 20 snowiest. In fact, Scranton, PA, had its snowiest February on record. The winter season was particularly snowy for areas closer to the coast. Allentown, PA, and Islip, NY, had their snowiest winter seasons on record. However, some typically snowy places such as Rochester, NY, and Burlington, VT, finished the season with below-normal snowfall.