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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for Alaska and Northwestern Canada for March – May 2020; outlook for July – September 2020. Dated June 2020.
Spring is typically the driest season of the year over most of mainland Alaska, but this year precipitation was unusually high, thanks to a wetter than normal March and April. It was a different story along the Gulf of Alaska coast, where Kodiak had the driest spring since 1972. In Canada, spring 2020 average temperatures were warm in the extreme northwest, normal in central Alaska and Yukon and below normal in central and eastern Northwest Territories and northeast British Columbia. Precipitation was normal at most Canadian locations.
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.