2012 is hottest year on record for the Northeast

Aug 08, 2012

(Phys.org) -- For the Northeast, it has been the hottest year on record.

New data released by the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell shows the Northeast's seven-month average (January through July) of 49.9 degrees was the warmest such period since 1895, the year such record keeping began.

It has been the second warmest such period in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the warmest first seven months of the year in the rest of the Northeast.

The 12 months that ended July 31 was likewise the warmest such period in 117 years in the Northeast, and in all of the states except West Virginia --where the of 54.7 degrees missed tying the record set in 1932 by 0.1 degree.

New maximum records were set at many of the region's first-order stations during July as the soared into the upper 90s and low 100s. The sensor at Washington's Reagan National Airport recorded 105 degrees July 7, surpassing the record of 102 degrees set just two years ago. Baltimore's new record temperature of 104 degrees July 18 broke the city's long-standing record of 102 degrees set in 1887.

Other notable released by the NRCC:

  • It was the seventh warmest July since 1895 in the Northeast. The average temperature was 72.8 degrees, which was 2.9 degrees above normal.
  • Each of the 12 states in the region averaged warmer than normal, with departures that ranged from +1.5 degrees in Rhode Island to +4 in Delaware.
  • It was the second warmest July since 1895 in Delaware and the third warmest in Maryland.
  • All 12 states in the region ranked within the top 24 warmest since record keeping began in 1895.
  • With a regional precipitation total of 3.7 inches, the Northeast averaged 87 percent of normal in July. The year-to-date totals averaged 88 percent of normal in the Northeast.
  • Three , Pennsylvania (107 percent), Rhode Island (116 percent) and (125 percent) had above-normal precipitation.
  • It was the driest January through June since 1895 in Delaware and the fifth driest in Maryland.

Explore further: Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Fourth warmest U.S. summer on record according to NOAA

Sep 09, 2010

The contiguous United States had its fourth-warmest summer (June-August) on record, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report issued today. The report also showed the August average temperature was 75 ...

Recommended for you

Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

1 hour ago

Australia on Saturday launched its 'Green Army' which plans to recruit up to 15,000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment—the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation's ...

Tracking giant kelp from space

19 hours ago

Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to take part in marine ecology research, and they won't have to get their feet wet to do it. The Floating Forests project, an initiative spearheaded by scientists ...

Heavy metals and hydroelectricity

20 hours ago

Hydraulic engineering is increasingly relied on for hydroelectricity generation. However, redirecting stream flow can yield unintended consequences. In the August 2014 issue of GSA Today, Donald Rodbell of ...

What's wiping out the Caribbean corals?

21 hours ago

Here's what we know about white-band disease: It has already killed up to 95 percent of the Caribbean's reef-building elkhorn and staghorn corals, and it's caused by an infectious bacteria that seems to be ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Howhot
5 / 5 (2) Aug 09, 2012
I hate to say *told you so* but, wow, there it is.