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.