Monday, July 5, 2010

First Half (January-June) Temperature Records Set in New England

Although June temperatures were not as extreme as in the Mid Atlantic and Southeast, the first half of 2010 saw record or near-record warm temperatures at all 4 of the major long-term climate stations in southern New England. The National Weather Service reports that January-June average temperatures set a record at Hartford, CT (Bradley Airport) and Providence, RI. Temperatures for the 6 months tied a record at Boston, and they were the second warmest on record at Worcester. The averages for 2010, the comparable previous records, and the departures from the 30-year average were:
Hartford   48.8° (48.6° 1991) +3.8°
Boston 48.9° (tied 1976) +3.1°
Providence 49.2° (48.6° 1991) +3.6°
Worcester 45.5° (2nd warmest)+3.8°
All six of the individual months were above average. Official records began in Boston in 1872, in Hartford and Providence in 1904, and in Worcester in 1892.

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