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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Missouri River Basin December 2016 – February 2017. Dated March 2017. 

It was the sixth warmest winter for the U.S., with the majority of the extreme warmth to the south and east of the Basin. The exception was Missouri, which had its 4th warmest winter on record. It was also the eighth wettest winter for the U.S. The Basin had extremes on both ends of the spectrum, with Wyoming (wettest), Colorado (5th wettest), and North Dakota (6th wettest) ranking among the wettest winters on record and Missouri ranking 10th driest.

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

NOAA/NIDIS, Natalie Umphlett
March 21, 2017