Gulf of Maine Region Climate Impacts and Outlook Quarterly Reports on Variable Winter Weather

Predictions for a warmer than normal winter season proved true for the Gulf of Maine region, despite some extreme temperature fluctuations and several blizzards. Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine remained above average, sustaining a trend evident since September 2015.

The newly released Gulf of Maine Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook (PDF) summarizes some of the winter’s major weather events, temperature and precipitation fluctuations from normal, and the seasonal outlook for Spring 2017. The US Drought Outlook expects drought conditions to moderate in much of the region, and both NOAA and Environment and Climate Change Canada anticipate above-normal temperatures.

Incorporating meteorological data generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Outlook of an ongoing collaboration between the two agencies sparked by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC)<

The Gulf of Maine Region Outlook is issued every March, June, September and December. To view the March edition and to receive future copies, visit Regional Climate Outlook.