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June 2022 Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks

Graphic with NOAA logo in the center and the outlines of eleven different regions and subregions of the United States above it. Text “Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks”
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NOAA and its partners have released the latest Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks, which recap spring conditions and provide insight into what might be expected this summer.

Spring Temperature Recap

The spring (March–May) average contiguous U.S. temperature was 52.2°F, 1.3°F above average, ranking in the warmest third of the record. Temperatures were above average from California to the Deep South and, in general, from the Mississippi River to the East Coast. Temperatures were below average from the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest. Rhode Island ranked fourth warmest while nine additional states across the Northeast, Southeast, and Southern Tier ranked among their warmest 10 spring seasons on record. The Alaska spring temperature was 23.7°F, 3.3°F above the long-term average, ranking in the warmest third of the record for the state. Temperatures were above average across most of the state with the eastern Interior regions and parts of the Panhandle region near average for the season.

Map of Spring 2022 U.S. mean temperature departure from average showing warmer than normal conditions for the southern and eastern U.S.

 

Summer Temperature Outlook

The July–September 2022 temperature outlook favors above-normal seasonal average temperatures across a majority of the U.S. The highest probabilities (more than 60 percent) of above-normal temperatures are forecast for New England and parts of the West. 

Map of Summer 2022 U.S. temperature outlook showing likely chances of a warmer than normal summer for the entire country.

 

Spring Precipitation Recap

The spring precipitation total was 8.07 inches, 0.13 inch above average, ranking in the middle one-third of the March–May record. Precipitation was above average across parts of the Northwest, northern Plains, Great Lakes, central Plains, along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast, and across parts of the Northeast for the season. Precipitation during March–May was below average from California to the High Plains and western Gulf Coast. North Dakota ranked fourth wettest while New Mexico ranked sixth driest for the spring season.

Map of Spring 2022 U.S. precipitation percent of average showing drier than normal conditions in the southwestern U.S. and wetter than normal conditions for much of the northern U.S.

 

Summer Precipitation Outlook

The July–September precipitation outlook depicts elevated probabilities of above-normal precipitation for parts of the East, Southwest, and Alaska, while below-normal precipitation is more likely across much of the Great Plains, western Corn Belt, upper Mississippi Valley, and the northern to central Rockies.

Map of Summer 2022 U.S. precipitation outlook showing a likelihood of drier than normal conditions in the center of the country and potential wetter than normal conditions for the east coast.

 

Impacts and Outlooks for Your Region

Get more details for your region in the June 2022 climate impacts and outlooks summaries:

Creating These Quarterly Summaries 

NOAA’s Regional Climate Services lead the production of these quarterly summaries of climate impacts and outlooks for various regions of the United States as well as parts of Canada along the border. This effort, which began in 2012, now includes as many as 11 unique regional products, all produced collaboratively with partner organizations.

You can access all of the Climate Impacts and Outlooks summaries as well as additional reports and assessments through the U.S. Drought Portal Reports web page at Drought.gov.