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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Northeast Region for December 2016 – February 2017.  Dated March 2017.

Drought conditions lingered, but generally improved during winter. For details, see Climate Overview and Impacts sections.

A nor’easter dropped several inches of sleet in Maine from January 24–26. The National Weather Service said, “It was likely one of the biggest sleet storms in northern Maine during the past 75 years.” Elsewhere, strong winds and rough seas led to coastal flooding and beach erosion.

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, Ellen Mecray, Samantha Borisoff
March 17, 2017