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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Northeast Region - March 2017

Author/Source:
NOAA/NIDIS, Ellen Mecray, Samantha Borisoff

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.


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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Gulf of Maine Region - March 2017

Author/Source:
NOAA/NIDIS, Ellen Mecray, Samantha Borisoff

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

Drought conditions lingered but slowly improved during winter in New England and parts of the Maritimes. By early January, extreme drought had eased in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. By late January, severe drought had eased in eastern Massachusetts and Maine, while moderate drought had eased in New Brunswick and much of Nova Scotia. Conditions continued to improve in Maine during February. See Impacts section for more details.


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Northeast Drought Forum Summary: 2016 Drought Assessment & Building Drought Early Warning Capacity

Author/Source:
NOAA/NIDIS

Summarizes information and results of two Northeast drought forums held in winter 2017, the first in New York State on Feb. 27 and the second in Massachusetts on March 1. The meetings wers designed to 

  • conduct an assessment of the 2016 drought in the Northeast; 
  • understand specific impacts that occurred, and actions that would have strengthened drought response through the drought period; and 
  • identify what types of drought indicators, messages, and early warning capacity are needed to improve drought preparedness and resilience.
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La Nina, Winter Climate and Ocean Patterns for the Eastern Region - December 2016

Author/Source:
Ellen Mecray, Northeast Regional Climate Center

Describes typical La Niña winter patterns, Madden-Julian Oscillation, Arctic Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation; ocean patterns including the Gulf Stream, Labrador Current, and Arctic sea ice; give outlook for winter temperatures and precipitation.

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