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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Western Region for December 2019 – February 2020. Dated March 2020.
Winter temperatures were above normal for much of the West. Near to below normal temperatures were observed in the Central Rockies states. Scattered areas across the northern tier of the West reported above normal precipitation due to an active, poleward shifted storm track. In contrast, western Oregon and the Southwest observed near-to-below normal precipitation, due to persistent ridging during January and February.
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.