MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota is warming up faster than most of the country, according to a new study.

A study by the group Climate Central ranks Minnesota ninth among the states in warming trends over the past century.

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Climate Central promotes lower carbon emissions.

Pete Boulay, an assistant state climatologist, isn’t surprised by the figures. He says they reflect warmer winters caused, in part, by less snow cover.

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“You know, I used to plug in my truck all the time. And last year I didn’t plug it in once. And that’s something that we’ve seen more of in recent winters” said Boulay.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

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Looking only at the warming trend over the past 40 years, Minnesota ranks third in the U.S.