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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southern Region - September 2023

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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southern Region for June–August 2023. Dated September 2023.

Summer 2023 temperatures were well above normal for southern portions of the Southern Region, with most stations in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi averaging 2 °F to 6 °F above normal. Louisiana experienced record dry conditions, and well-below-normal precipitation was common in Texas and southern Mississippi during Summer 2023, with many stations receiving 25% of normal precipitation or less. Above-average precipitation was common in western Oklahoma, northern Mississippi, and Tennessee.

NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program creates 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 U.S. Drought Portal

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