Quarterly Outlook: September–November 2016

Source: NOAA & ECCC

Source: NOAA & ECCC

December 2016

Temperatures across Alaska and northwestern Canada

Fall 2016 saw near normal temperatures in the central Yukon and northern Northwest Territories. Every other portion of the region was above — or significantly above — normal. Even most areas in the near normal category were actually slightly above normal. Along Alaska's North Slope, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) experienced its warmest fall on record. This is largely a result of record low Arctic Ocean sea ice. Record warm Pacific Ocean waters contributed to the unrelenting warmth of the coastal regions.


Precipitation in southeast Alaska was below normal for the season and at a record low for October. Nearly every station in southeast Alaska had their driest October on record. In northwest Canada, almost all of the Yukon Territory was drier than normal. Most other areas were near normal in Canada. The northern portion of Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula were the only regions with above normal precipitation. This is likely due to warm, ice-free water, which provides atmospheric heat and moisture at a time of year when it is typically locked away under ice.

 Download the full report for summaries and graphics about:

  • Weather anomalies across the region
  • Drought
  • Ice concentrations in the Beaufort Sea
  • Content and graphics were prepared in partnership with the Western Region Climate Center, NOAA National Weather Service Alaska Region, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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