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CLIMATE: Minnesota temperatures are trending downward

Letter by Ken A. Schlichte, Tumwater on Feb. 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm | 60 Comments »
February 24, 2012 4:05 pm

Minnesota lost 14 percent of its moose population last year and it may not have moose for much longer because of disease, parasites and a warming climate, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife researcher Mark Lenarz (TNT, 2-23).

The suggestion that a warming climate is responsible for the recent decline in and potential elimination of the Minnesota moose population is highly questionable because the NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports that Minnesota’s annual temperatures have actually been trending downward at a rate of 1.75 degrees F per decade during the 14 years since 1998 and that Minnesota’s winter temperatures have been trending downward even more rapidly at a rate of 5.94 degrees F per decade since 1998.

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