Story at a glance:

  • These 10 states are experiencing warmer winters than in previous seasons.
  • Alaska has seen an increased temperature of about 113 percent from a century ago .
  • New Jersey is recording warmer weather throughout the seasons.

The temperature is rising all across the globe – and it’s starting to affect our daily lives during the winter.

Filter King has compared historic temperature levels throughout the years to show how the changing climate could determine which states are getting warmer even during the winter.

These 10 states are getting warmer each winter: Alaska, Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.


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The mean temperature for Alaska was once 3.6 degrees Feirhenheit between 1901 and 2000. In the next two decades, between 2001 and 2020, the mean temperature went up to 7.68 degrees Fahrenheit, an increase of about 113 percent. 

When Alaska's snowpacks, which reflect the sunlight, are melting, the exposed ground absorbs the heat from the sun that makes that state hotter, NPR reported.

Alaska's ice also protects the remote western villages from storms close to the sea. However, with the ice freezing at a later time and freezing rapidly in other parts, erosion has managed to chip away at the village's thawing permafrost. 

As Changing America previously reported, the Arctic permafrost in Newtok has melted considerably over the years while rivers quickly erode. In 2004, the demise of Newtok was predicted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

By 2020, about a quarter of the land was gone.

Similar to Alaska, Maine's economy is dependent on ice as well. The state is a resort for many ice-related activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

A warmer winter, suffice to say, disturbs those activities. To make matters worse, a warmer season in Maine brings out pests such as ticks which carry diseases like Lyme disease.

Although this state is not ranked high on the list, New Jersey is progressively getting hotter – it is ranked No. 5 on the hottest states in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.


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Published on Oct 27, 2021