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.
During the first two weeks of April, areas closer to the coast have seen less than 50 percent of normal precipitation, while much of West Virginia has seen more than 200 percent of normal. In fact, three West Virginia sites had record wet starts to the month. The precipitation pattern for the first half of spring has been similar to April, with areas that were very dry or very wet. Snowfall during the first half of April was near to below normal for most of the region; however, spring snowfall ranged from a foot below normal to a foot above normal.
At the halfway point, April temperatures ranged from more than 4 degrees F below normal in northern New England to more than 4 degrees F above normal in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. However, looking back to the start of March, spring temperatures were generally running below normal.