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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Western Region for June – August 2017. Dated September 2017.
Warmest summer on record for California and Nevada; second warmest for Oregon, 3rd warmest for Utah, and 4th for Washington and Arizona. Several locations set record for all-time warmest month in July: Reno, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, and Bakersfield, CA. Much drier than normal conditions across northern tier of West; Montana had 2nd driest summer on record. Moderate to exceptional drought conditions developed across Montana.
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.