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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for Alaska and Northwestern Canada for March – May 2019; outlook for July – September 2019. Dated June 2019.
Most of Alaska, Yukon, the western portion of the Northwest Territories (NT) and northern British Columbia (BC) were significantly warmer than normal during this past spring, with some areas in Yukon, and the NT near record warmth. In contrast, a small area in northwestern BC was colder than normal. Temperatures over the remainder of BC averaged near normal.
Precipitation totals this past spring were well below normal over BC, a large part of the NT, Yukon, southeast Alaska, and the western Aleutian Islands. A small area near Great Bear Lake, NT and the majority of mainland Alaska, with the exception of the northwestern regions, were wetter than average. Like temperatures, there were only small areas with near normal precipitation.
NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program and partners 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 at https://www.drought.gov/drought/resources/reports.