Quarterly Weather & Climate Anomalies and Outlooks

Developed in partnership between ACCAP and Environment & Climate Change Canada, this publication presents a snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies; regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy; and a climate forecast for the coming 3 months.

Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for Alaska and Northwestern Canada for December 2018 – February 2019; outlook for April – June 2019

Most of Alaska, northern Yukon and the northwestern portion of the Northwest Territories (NT) were significantly warmer than normal during this past winter, with some areas in western Alaska near record warmth.

Temperature Sept-Nov 2018

Between September and November 2018, Alaska, the majority of the Yukon Territory, and a small portion of northwestern Northwest Territories (NT) experienced warmer than average conditions.

Temperatures Dec 2016-Feb 2017

Several areas saw above normal precipitation during winter 2016-17 including the northern half of Alaska, the majority of the Yukon and the northern region of the Northwest Territories.

Source: NOAA & ECCC

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.


Ice melt in the southern Beaufort Sea is off to an early start in 2016. Historically (1981–2010), ice breakup in the southern Beaufort Sea begins in the first half of June. In 2016, breakup conditions began at the end of April.

This was the second warmest winter of record for Alaska as a whole. Only the winter of 2000–01 was warmer.

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