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Minnesota's winters aren't that cold anymore, study finds

The New York Times published the findings on Friday.
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What's happening?

The Earth is getting warmer, that much we know, but it's having a particularly noticeable effect on Minnesota winters.

Now yes, of course Minnesota's winters are colder than pretty much everywhere else in the U.S. bar Alaska, but it still remains the case that they're warmer than they used to be.

The New York Times put together this report on Friday that looked at where global warming trends are having the biggest effect during the winter months in the U.S. – and it's the North that's seeing the most changes.

What does it show?

Basically that Minnesota's winters between 1989 and 2018 were 3 degrees warmer than its baseline average during the 20th Century.

The data has come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and analyzed by the NYT, with the map at the top of this page showing which states are warming most during the winter.

Both North and South Dakota join Minnesota in having the winters with the largest increasing temperatures.

The warmup, the newspaper notes, is because cold air from Canada and the Arctic isn't as cold as it used to be, and the Northern states warm up more quickly because of their dry winter conditions.

CBS notes that the Arctic just had its warmest winter on record, which in turn has a knock-on effect when it comes to temperatures in Minnesota.

“In Minnesota, we used to get to negative 30 or negative 40 degrees with certain frequency. But no longer. Maybe we’ll now hit negative 30 with the frequency we used to hit negative 40,” Kenneth Blumenfeld, a senior climatologist at the Minnesota State Climate Office, told the NYT.

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