No surprise for Northeast residents sweating out the summer after a winterÂ barely touching their snow shovels: this is the hottest year on record in theÂ region so far.
The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reported TuesdayÂ that the average temperature in the 12-state region was 49.9 degrees fromÂ January through July. That’s the warmest seven-month period since 1895, the yearÂ systematic record keeping began.
The second-warmest comparable period was 1921, when the seven-month averageÂ was 49.2 degrees.
“We’ve had a long stretch of warm,” said Kathy Vreeland, a climatologist forÂ the center.
The data comes as the Northeast endured a sweltering July withÂ record-breaking temperatures around the region. Syracuse hit 101 on July 17 andÂ Washington’s Reagan National Airport recorded 105 degrees on July 7.
On a single day, July 18, LaGuardia Airport in New York City hit 101 degrees,Â Baltimore and Newark, NJ, recorded 104 degrees and Philadelphia 100 degrees,Â according to the climate center.
Areas around the United States this summer have suffered through blisteringÂ heat waves, wildfires and droughts – the sorts of extreme weather events thatÂ experts have predicted will come with climate change. But Vreeland cautionedÂ against reading too much into a small set of data covering a single region.
“It could be global climate change. It could be an anomalous year, orÂ anomalous run of years,” she said.
Breaking the warm spell down by state, it was the warmest first seven monthsÂ of the year in the six New England states, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey andÂ New York. It was the second warmest such period in Pennsylvania and WestÂ Virginia.
It also was the warmest 12-month period in the Northeast through July.
Source: NY Post