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El Niño and Global Warming Responsible for Lack of Winter Weather on the Great Lakes and Midwest

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You may have missed winter if you blinked this year for weather on the Great Lakes and across the Midwest. With the middle of February here, time is running out for winter to make another appearance.

Several cities across this wide swath of the nation are on track to record temperatures that make it the warmest winter on record.

Here is a look at the unseasonably warm winter that has refused to let in snow, ice, and cold temperatures.

El Niño Ushers in Warm and Dry Winter for Portions of Northern U.S.

The Midwest weather forecast along with the Great Lakes have noticed an absence of snow and ice this winter. While the Upper Midwest has seen snowfall levels plunge well below the historical average, ice across the Great Lakes is also at near record-low levels of thickness.

Also atypical for this time of the year are the severe thunderstorms that have been springing up as the mercury continues to rise to springlike levels.

The unusual weather pattern is being attributed to the presence of El Niño. Additionally, the natural impacts of climate change are showing up with the warm winter.

Almost 75% of the country has seen temperatures rising at a higher rate during the winter when compared to other seasons. Human-caused climate change is also being blamed for the decline in snowfall events, not just around the country but also around the world.


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