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Minnesota breaks 100-year Christmas temperature record

Several areas of Minnesota broke centuries-old temperature records for Christmas Day on Monday.

According to an article According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Twin Cities Forecast Office, on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, the city of St. Cloud, Minnesota, experienced a record high temperature of 48 degrees, breaking the record of 47 established in 1922. .

The NWS also noted other record temperatures recorded at its stations at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Christmas Day, breaking records set in 1922 and 1940.

In a separate article, the NWS Twin Cities office also noted that all three locations recorded record low temperatures, with St. Cloud, MSP International Airport and Eau Claire experiencing highs of 36, 32 and 50 degrees, respectively. All three temperatures in the aforementioned cities broke records set in 1936.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned earlier this month of the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon, including warmer-than-average temperatures and increased precipitation this winter. El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that occurs on average every two to three years, brings sea temperatures closer to the equator.

“Based on the latest forecast, there is now a 54% chance that a ‘historically strong’ El Niño will occur during the November-January season,” Climate Prediction Center forecasters wrote in a report at the time. discussion article.

According to NOAA forecasts, regions such as the Pacific Northwest, New England and the Midwest could experience above-average temperatures in the coming months. The NWS projects that 68 percent of the country will experience above-average temperatures and 53 percent will experience above-average precipitation this week.

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