In the "Oh, really?" story of day:
The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University has reported that the average temperature in the 12-state region was 49.9 degrees from January through July. That's the warmest seven-month period since 1895, the year systematic record keeping began.
The second-warmest comparable period was 1921, when the seven-month average was 49.2 degrees.
The data come after the Northeast endured a sweltering July with record-breaking temperatures around the region.