Minnesota Broke Century-old Temperature Record

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Minnesota reportedly broke a century-old temperature record on Christmas Day, 2023. According to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Twin Cities Forecast Office, “the St. Cloud, Minn., experienced a record-high temperature of 48 degrees, beating the record of 47 set in 1922”.

In addition to St. Cloud, Twin Cities MSP airport and Eau Claire, WI also had record-breaking temperatures.

Climate Prediction Center forecasters wrote in a discussion post at the time, had warned the “effects of an El Niño weather pattern, including warmer-than-average temperatures and increased precipitation this winter”.

“Based on the latest forecasts, there is now a 54% chance of a ‘historically strong’ El Niño during the November-January season.”

Jake Beitlich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told CBS News, “This is a warm system in a cold time of year, and it’s really noticeable for folks that are probably expecting winter weather. The low temperature on Christmas Eve, which took place at midnight, tied the highest temperature ever recorded on that day in the Twin Cities. As temperatures then rose during the day, the record was shattered.”

“Looking out through the end of the month, we really don’t cool off that much so we could set the warmest December on record here in the Twin Cities,” Beitlich added. “I can’t say for sure that we’re going to be cold in March, April, May, but it’s still only late December. Here in the Twin Cities, we get storms out till April so I’m not going to say we’re going to be in the clear as far as winter weather goes. I’m not going to say it’s going to be backloaded.”

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