2 Years Ago: Balmy Weather Jolts Northeast

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Seems like just the other day…

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – As Marie Goff drove up the muddy access road to the top of the bobsled track at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday, the thermometer on the dashboard caught her eye.

“Unbelievable, 51 degrees,” said Goff, a driver for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. “Thank goodness it stopped raining and thank goodness the track is refrigerated.”

The balmy winter, which has sap running, tree buds sprouting and dogs shedding their winter coats, has been unlike any other in Goff’s memory, and she’s 83.

The National Weather Service reported record or near-record temperatures across the region Saturday after a long warm spell.

Albany International Airport hit 71 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature at Boston’s Logan International Airport was 69 degrees at about 2:30 p.m. In New Jersey, records set in 1950 were broken in Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City. And in New York City’s Central Park, the thermometer hit 72, tying January’s all-time high. The city, and much of the region, has seen no snow this winter.

“I can remember a thaw at Christmas many times, but not for the length of time we’ve had this year,” said Goff, who was ferrying passengers at the Chevrolet Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, a competition on ice by racecar drivers.

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