Northeast Regional Climate Center pegs winter 2011-12 as among warmest, least snowy on record
According to new data released today by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, the winter of 2011-12 is, so far, among the warmest and least snowy on record. Art DeGaetano, a climatologist and professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the director of the Cornell-based NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, is available to comment on the data and this near record mild winter.
"So far, the 2011-12 winter has averaged warmer than normal, with temperatures in much of the Northeast averaging at least 5 degrees above normal. The 60-day average was within the top 20 warmest on record at all but one of the major airport stations in the region. This winter's prevailing storm path, combined with the warmer temperatures has kept significant snowfall at bay. Consequently, there is not a lot of snow on the ground, especially when compared to last year.
"Although December 2011 and January 2012 have been warm, you do not have to go back too far to find a warmer period. The early winter of 2001-02 was the warmest at many Northeast U.S. stations. Over a longer time frame, the early winter of 1931-32 stands out as the warmest at the majority of Northeast U.S. sites."