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Climate is hotter, longer and wetter? North Dakota sees steep change in trends


FARGO — Warmer winters, longer growing seasons and wetter wet cycles: This is what climate change looks like in the Red River Valley.

Over the past 124 years, North Dakota has warmed at a steeper rate than all other states except Alaska, according to the North Dakota state climatologist.

Northwestern Minnesota has followed suit. Data going back 120 years show that in recent decades it has experienced eight of its top 10 warmest winters, a state climatologist said.

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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