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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region - March 2023

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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region for December 2022–February 2023. Dated March 2023.

Average winter temperatures were 3–7°F above normal in the eastern and southern portions of the Midwest and near to slightly below normal in the far northwest. This winter was the 9th warmest on record for the Midwest as a whole. Winter precipitation was 119% of normal for the Midwest. The entire region had near- or above-normal precipitation, with the greatest deviations in the northwest where precipitation ranged from 150%–300% of normal. Overall, the Midwest had its 13th wettest winter on record.

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.

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