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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for December 2019 – February 2020. Dated March 2020.
Most of the Great Lakes states had one of their top 10 warmest winters on record. Winter was drier with the basin seeing 84% of average. There was below average ice cover due to warm air temperatures and lack of consecutive days below freezing.
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 at https://www.drought.gov/drought/resources/reports.