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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for Alaska and Northwestern Canada for December 2018 – February 2019; outlook for April – June 2019. Dated March 2019.
Most of Alaska, northern Yukon and the northwestern portion of the Northwest Territories (NT) were significantly warmer than normal during this past winter, with some areas in western Alaska near record warmth. In contrast, much of British Columbia and southwest NT were significantly cooler than normal. In between, there was a narrow area where temperatures averaged near normal. Precipitation totals this past winter were well below normal over a large part of the NT, southern Yukon and southeast Alaska, while much of mainland Alaska, northern Yukon and northeast BC were considerably 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.