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September 18, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Northeast Region for June – August 2020.  Dated September 2020.

The Northeast had its third hottest summer at 2.4°F above normal. It was record hot for four states and among the four hottest for seven states.  The Northeast saw 92% of normal summer precipitation, ranking in the middle third of all years. It was among the 20 driest for five states but Maryland's 13th wettest.

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September 18, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Gulf of Maine Region for June – August 2020. Dated September 2020.

Summer was hotter and drier than normal across the region. Caribou and Portland, ME; Kejimkujik (National Park), N.S.; and Moncton, N.B., had their hottest summer on record, while Concord, NH; Yarmouth, N.S.; and Fredericton and St. John, N.B., had one of their five hottest. Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Bas-Caraquet, N.B., had their driest summer on record, while several other sites including Caribou, ME, and Summerside, P.E.I., had one of their five driest.

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September 17, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southeast Region for June – August 2020.  Dated September 2020.

Above-average temperatures were recorded over Virginia and Florida, with near-average temperatures reported over the rest of the Southeast. A few stations observed their top 5 wettest summers on record, including Staunton, VA and Hickory, NC. In contrast, parts of Florida and Georgia only had 70 percent of normal summer precipitation.

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September 17, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southern Region for June – August 2020.  Dated September 2020.

Temperatures hovered between slightly below normal to slightly above normal for much of the region, with the West experiencing above-normal temperatures. Precipitation varied spatially, with normal to above-normal precipitation in the East and Deep South and below-normal precipitation in the West.

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September 17, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands Region for June – August 2020.  Dated September 2020. 

Includes significant events, regional climate overview, and sectoral impacts for June – August 2020; regional outlook for September – November 2020. 

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.

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September 17, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Chesapeake Bay Region for June – August 2020. Dated September 2020.

The entire region experienced warmer-than-normal conditions; it was the hottest summer on record for Norfolk, Virginia, and Harrisburg and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  This summer saw a wide range of precipitation conditions; the northern portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed had an abnormally dry summer, while the southern and eastern portions of the watershed experienced above normal precipitation.

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June 23, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region for March – May 2020.  Dated June 2020.

Spring temperatures averaged very close to normal across the Midwest. Precipitation was below normal in much of Minnesota and Iowa, and above normal for much of the remainder of the Midwest.

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June 23, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Great Lakes Region for March – May 2020.  Dated June 2020.

Spring temperatures averaged out to be within 1°C (2°F) of normal in most areas. Spring precipitation ranged from 70% to 112% of average, with the overall basin seeing 98% of average.

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June 22, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Chesapeake Bay Region for March – May 2020. Dated June 2020.

Temperatures varied widely across the spring months, with sites across the Chesapeake Bay watershed experiencing one of the warmest months of March on record, followed by one of the coldest months of April on record.  The southeastern portion of the Mid-Atlantic region experienced drier conditions than normal, while the northwestern portion of the region experienced up to 150 percent of normal precipitation.

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June 22, 2020
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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Southern Region for March – May 2020.  Dated June 2020.

After a warm March, temperatures were cooler in April and May. This created a north-to-south pattern with below-normal temperatures in the north and above-normal temperatures in the south. Precipitation was primarily above normal. Parts of every state received precipitation 150 percent or more of normal, with the western part of the region drying out as the spring progressed.