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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Gulf of Maine Region for March – May 2017. Dated June 2017.  

By early May, the three New England states were free of drought for the first time since June 2016. Drought conditions also eased in the Maritimes. See Regional Impacts section for details.  From March 13–15, a major nor’easter brought up to 61 cm (24 in.) of snow and wind gusts of up to 124 km/h (77 mph) to the region. A peak gust of 156 km/h (97 mph) was recorded in the Cape Breton (N.S.) Highlands. Blizzard conditions occurred for four hours in Lawrence, MA. More than 150,000 customers in the three New England states, and more than 40,000 customers in the Maritimes lost power.


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.

NOAA/NIDIS, Ellen Mecray, Samantha Borisoff
June 19, 2017