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March 20, 2023
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for December 2022–February 2023. Dated March 2023.

Winter was up to 4°C (7°F) above normal. Winter precipitation ranged from 75%–200% of normal across the basin.

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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December 19, 2022
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for September–November 2022. Dated December 2022.

Fall and September were up to 2°C (4°F) warmer than normal. Fall precipitation was 78% of average, and all basins were dry.

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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November 14, 2022
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This handout provides information on the typical La Niña winter pattern; the La Niña outlook; potential winter and spring impacts; and comparisons of conditions during previous La Niña years for the Great Lakes region. Updated November 2022.

NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program created these Outlooks to inform the public about 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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September 19, 2022
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for June–August 2022. Dated September 2022.

June, July, and summer were within 1°C (2°F) of normal for most of the basins, with a few U.S. locations that were warmer. The overall basin saw 90% of average precipitation for summer, and all basins were drier than normal.

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June 21, 2022
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for March–May 2022. Dated June 2022.

Spring ranged from 2°C (4°F) below normal in the Superior basin to 2°C (4°F) above normal in the Erie and Ontario basins. The overall basin saw 111% of average precipitation for spring, with Erie and Ontario being drier and the other basins being wetter.

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March 21, 2022
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for December 2021 - February 2022.  Dated March 2022.

Winter temperatures ranged from 4°C (11°F) colder-than-normal to 1°C (2°F) warmer-than-normal.  Overall, winter precipitation was 82% of average for the basin.

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December 27, 2021
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for September - November 2021.  Dated December 2021.

Above-normal temperatures dominated the region throughout the fall. Precipitation was variable, with less moisture overall in the west than the east. Dryness in the western basin this fall continued a dry trend that has persisted in this area for over two years.

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November 10, 2021
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This handout provides information on the typical La Niña winter pattern; the La Niña outlook; potential winter and spring impacts; and comparisons of conditions during previous La Niña years for the Great Lakes region. Updated November 2021.

NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program created these Outlooks to inform the public about 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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September 21, 2021
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for June - August 2021.  Dated September 2021.

Temperatures across the basin were as much as 2°C (4°F) above normal for the summer.  For summer and each month of the season, all lake basins except Superior saw near- or above-average precipitation.

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June 18, 2021
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The National Weather Service Central Region developed 2021 Summer Hazard Outlooks in coordination with the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and National Water Center; U.S. Department of Agriculture; National Weather Service River Forecast Centers; and National Interagency Fire Centers' Geographic Area Coordination Centers. This outlook highlights the various Summer hazards that could occur and potential impacts across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes region.