Warmest May Ever in Some N.E. States

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) — Meteorologists say Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont this year each averaged their warmest spring season on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said warm conditions also prevailed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, making their spring seasons (the March-May period) the second warmest on record.

“The year-to-date has been significantly warm in other states, including: New York (third warmest), Connecticut and Michigan (fourth warmest), Wisconsin (fifth warmest) and New Jersey (eighth warmest),” NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center said. “Conversely, January-May 2010 has been among the 10 coolest for Florida, Alabama and Georgia.”

Meteorologists said higher-than-normal temperatures in the eastern U.S. were offset by cooler-than-normal conditions in the West, creating a national temperature near the long-term average.

Several states reported cooler than average conditions. NOAA said it was Idaho’s second coolest May on record, Montana’s fourth, Wyoming and Oregon’s seventh, Utah’s eighth, California’s ninth and Nevada’s 10th.

For the second consecutive month, May’s snow cover footprint over North America was the smallest on record. A record-small snow footprint was also observed over Eurasia and the Northern Hemisphere as a whole.

May’s average precipitation in the contiguous United States was 3.1 inches, 0.23 inch above the 1901-2000 average, NOAA said.

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