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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southeast Region for December 2018 – February 2019. Dated March 2019.
The Southeast experienced its 9th warmest winter on record. While daytime maximum temperatures were near normal for most of the region, nighttime minimum temperatures were much above normal; in fact every state in the region was ranked in the top tenth warmest minimum temperatures for 1895-2018. This was due in part to plumes of moisture streaming northward from the Gulf of Mexico, producing many clouds and much rainfall (4th wettest winter on record for the Southeast).
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.