MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you feel like winters “aren’t what they used to be around here,” you’re right.

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New analysis released today by Climate Central shows that, since 1970, average wintertime temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin are warming faster than almost any other area of the United States.

The U.S. city that experienced the most warming was Burlington, Vermont, where average winter temperatures have risen 7.0°F in the last 47 years. Winters in Mankato and Minneapolis-St. Paul have each warmed 6.0°F during that period, the second- and third-largest increase among U.S. cities.

(credit: Climate Central)

(credit: Climate Central)

Fargo, North Dakota has warmed 5.9°, and Duluth has warmed 5.8°F in the winter during that time.

(credit: Climate Central)

(credit: Climate Central)

Climate Central also noted that, in general, winter is the fastest-warming season for most of the country. Furthermore, the dramatic winter warming in northern states follows a general rule of climate change that cold areas and seasons warm faster, according to this independent study.

To arrive at their conclusion, scientists at Climate Central analyzed average temperatures during the months of December, January and February, using publicly available data from the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI).  All of the 344 climate sectors tracked by NCEI showed a wintertime warming trend since 1970 (which is the earliest date for which reliable data is available for all areas).

You can read more from the report, and see how other cities are faring, here.

Mike Augustyniak

Comments (7)
  1. Tim R Hall says:

    Minnesota’s meteorological winter temperatures have officially trended downward and quite rapidly at a rate of 2.1 degrees F per decade during the last 20 winters from 1998 to 2017, even as the atmospheric CO2 concentrations have continued to increase. This temperature data is easily acquired from the NOAA website http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/. Now the question needs to be asked why is there such a demonstrably incorrect conclusion being reported as fact when in fact it is fraudulent and misleading in its very nature.