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Minnesota warming faster than other states

Global warming isn’t uniform (duh), and a new look at data for the continental U.S. states shows Minnesota near the front of the pack in terms of warming rate.

The states that have warmed the most – whether you look at the past 100 years or just the past 40 – include northern-tier states from Minnesota to Maine and the Southwest, particularly Arizona and New Mexico. Places that have warmed the least include southeast states, like Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, along with parts of the central Midwest, like Iowa and Nebraska.

Minnesota is #9 out of 48 for 100-year warming rates, and #3 for warming rates since 1970, the time when, according to the study, “the efect of greenhouse gases began to overwhelm the other natural and human influences on climate at the global and continental scales.”

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