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. 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. 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.