It’s True: Minnesota Winters are Weaker

Minnesota’s temperatures are changing faster than any state other than Alaska, according to Kenny Blumenfield, a senior climatologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and fellow climatologist Mark Seeley, a retired University of Minnesota professor.

Since 1970, the coldest nights of the year in central and western Minnesota have warmed by between 1.5 and 2 degrees per decade. A typical “very cold night,” therefore, is now noticeably warmer than it would have been just four or five decades ago, according to the Alexandria Echo Press.

UPDATE: “UN Report on Global Warming Carries Life-or-Death Warning,” Oct. 8, 2018:

[Verbatim] Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported [yesterday]. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.

In a 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earth’s weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world’s leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F. Among other things:

  • Half as many people would suffer from lack of water.
  • There would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases.
  • Seas would rise nearly 4 inches (0.1 meters) less.
  • Half as many animals with back bones and plants would lose the majority of their habitats.
  • There would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts.
  • The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting.
  • And it just may be enough to save most of the world’s coral reefs from dying.