2023 Winter Like No Other

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In my previous post, I mentioned that 2023 was recorded the hottest year in the records. In the same vein, recent reporting suggest that the winter of 2023 was the warmest ever recorded.

A recent CNN headline says “This may be the final nail in the coffin for a winter like no other”. Similar headlines are appearing from across the world, including from Nepal and Minnesota.

This year’s winter has been warmer and drier in Nepal than any in the previous decade, with temperatures climbing higher than the winter average while precipitation was lower than average. 

Climatic data for two months in November and December 2023 published by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology shows that the temperature in post-monsoon in Nepal did not drop like it did in previous winters, which were themselves warmer and drier than previous ones. 

Nepali Times

A recent CBS News article writes, “It’s official: Minnesota just wrapped the warmest meteorological winter on record”.

Nobody alive has seen a winter like this in Minnesota,. Eighty-five percent of all the days this winter have been above normal. So we only had 13 of them that were below normal.

Right now, that’s the second-least snowiest winter on record. Of course, we do have March to go through and anything can still happen in March. El Niño is part of it, and our ongoing climate change. Climate trends have been warming over time, especially overnight minimum temperatures. We just don’t get as cold as we used to in the winter.

We’re going to slowly transition out of El Niño. It’ll become more of a neutral pattern in the summer and maybe even a La Niña again by winter, so don’t expect next winter to be like this one.

Pete Boulay, Minnesota DNR climatologist

Minnesota DNR ranks the Minnesota winter of 2023 as “The Year Without Winter”.

For over 145 years, the meteorological winter of 1877-78 (December through February) has stood as the warmest on record in the Twin Cities, with December of 1877 so outrageously warm that its records had seemed untouchable. December 2023, however, surpassed December of1877 by 0.5 degrees F in the Twin Cities, and the 2023-2024 winter maintains a sizable lead over 1877-78 as of February 20, 2024 and appears set to become the new #1 for this dubious honor.

Minnesota DNR Website

CNN writes, “An already fledgling winter is on borrowed time for much of the countryas a dramatic pattern change next week and temperature forecasts into March signal what could be the final nail in the coffin of a winter like no other.”

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