2012 was record-warm for several areas.
2012 was the warmest year on record for many of the major climate sites in the Northeast. Burlington, VT, had the greatest departure above their old record. The city beat their old record, set in 1998, by 1.6°. Syracuse, NY, broke an old record by a fair amount with 2012 coming in 1.1° warmer than the previous warmest year, 1931. Average annual temperatures can be calculated in different ways, by averaging daily averages or by averaging monthly averages. Several states in the Northeast broke their record for the warmest year. 2012 is also the warmest on record for the Northeast as a whole.