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For most Northeast cities, 2012 was a scorcher.

“The year 2012 was the warmest year on record for 23 of the 35 major climate sites in the Northeast,” said Samantha Borisoff, a climatologist in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Climate Center researchers have discovered that for most major sites – including Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and New York City – it was the hottest year ever recorded.

Data for 35 major sites are included below. Ranks for the U.S. and individual states will be released next week.

Average annual temperature

Location 2012 Previous
Record
Hottest
Year
Bridgeport, CT* 55.7 54.4 2012 (previous was 1991, 2010)
Hartford, CT* 53.7 53.0 2012 (2010)
Dulles Airport, VA* 57.9 57.1 2012 (1990, 1998, 2006)
Washington, DC* 61.6 60.3 2012 (1991)
Wilmington, DE* 57.5 57.2 2012 (1973)
Boston, MA* 54.2 53.9 2012 (2010)
Worcester, MA* 51.3 50.2 2012 (2006)
Baltimore, MD 58.7 59.3 1949, 1931
Caribou, ME 42.6 44.4 2010
Portland, ME 49.3 49.6 1878
Concord, NH* 49.2 48.8 2012 (1998, 2010)
Atlantic City, NJ 57.1 57.2 2011
Newark, NJ* 57.9 57.6 2012 (1990)
Albany, NY* 51.7 51.4 2012 (1931)
Binghamton, NY* 49.5 49.2 2012 (1998)
Buffalo, NY* 52.2 51.0 2012 (1998)
Central Park, NY* 57.4 57.3 2012 (1990, 1991)
Islip, NY* 55.3 55.1 2012 (1998)
Kennedy Airport, NY* 57.0 56.3 2012 (1991)
LaGuardia Airport, NY 58.5 58.6 2006
Rochester, NY* 51.9 51.6 2012 (2006)
Syracuse, NY* 52.6 51.5 2012 (1931)
Allentown, PA* 54.6 54.1 2012 (1998)
Erie, PA 53.1 53.2 1998
Harrisburg, PA 55.9 56.6 1998
Philadelphia, PA* 58.9 58.2 2012 (1931, 1998)
Pittsburgh, PA 54.3 55.5 1921
Scranton, PA* 53.1 52.4 2012 (1921)
Williamsport, PA* 53.8 53.7 2012 (1921)
Providence, RI* 53.9 53.8 2012 (2010)
Burlington, VT* 50.0 48.4 2012 (1998)
Beckley, WV 54.6 55.7 1931
Charleston, WV 57.9 58.4 1990
Elkins, WV 52.6 53.4 1921
Huntington, WV* = Set record in 2012 57.8 59.8 1931

 

 

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