Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region - March 2022
Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region for December 2021 - February 2022. Dated March 2022.
Winter temperatures had a north-south divide. However, a month-to-month look showed a tale of two winters, with extreme warmth in December followed by two months of lingering cold. Winter precipitation had a distinct geographic pattern, likely related to La Nina conditions, that persisted for much of the winter. The southeast and extreme northern stretches of the Midwest had above-normal precipitation. In contrast, below normal precipitation was widespread from Iowa and northern Missouri to the northeast into Michigan, expanding drought in this region.
NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program created these Climate Outlooks to inform the public about recent climate impacts within their respective regions. Each regional report contains easy-to-understand language, and anyone can access them through the Drought Portal.