OSWEGO, NY – The mercury cracked the 60-degree plateau Wednesday afternoon.
And, it didn’t stop there.
“Most of the afternoon in hung around 66 degrees,” said Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.
The 66 degrees eclipsed the old record of 62 degrees set in 1987.
Forecasters say Thursday will start out mild before giving way to some possible late-day showers.
The record high for March 8 is 67 degrees set in 2002. Chances aren’t good that record will be broken.
“It’s been mild,” Gregway observed. “But we haven’t been making many records for a long time now.”
February was the 11th month in a row that Northeast regional temperatures averaged above normal, and the fourth consecutive month that each of the 12 states in the region posted warmer than normal temperature averages, according to data released March 6 by Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Overall, it was the warmest February in the Northeast since 1998 and the fourth warmest since 1895 – with an average temperature of 31.6 degrees, 5.2 degrees warmer than normal and 6 degrees warmer than February 2011.
With an average temperature of 31.3 degrees this winter has been the third warmest winter (December through February) since 1896 in the Northeast.
Some weather facts of note for the region:
Three stations in New York City – Central Park, Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport – saw their warmest February on record.
Massachusetts tied with 1998 for its warmest February in 118 years.
Connecticut and New Jersey had their second warmest February.
New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont tallied their third warmest February since 1895.
Two other locations – Bridgeport, Conn. and Dulles Airport, Va. – have also seen their warmest winter on record.
The Northeast also averaged well below normal precipitation totals in February.