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2015 Warmest on Record. What About Binghamton?

By Jason Weinstein.
2015 was the warmest year on record, beating the previous record set in 2014.

This is according to a pair of federal agencies, including NASA. Experts say the record-breaking heat was fueled in part by one of the strongest El Nino's on record.

In Binghamton, 2015 wasn't abnormally warm, about half a degree above normal, but it was extreme. January through March was the coldest such period on record while November through December was the warmest such period on record.

"There is natural variability in the climate system and there is also the man-made component with the increase in carbon dioxide levels. You add those two up and it's leading to warming," said Meteorologist Dave Nicosia of the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

Nicosia says warmer weather also means wetter weather locally. He says the period of 2004-2011, which included two historic floods, was the wettest such period ever in Binghamton. Temperature records have been kept since 1880.