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Winter in Massachusetts is again one for the record books

The trend is pretty clear: Average temperatures during meteorological winter in Massachusetts have been rising since the dawn of the industrial age.
The Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst
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NOAA
The trend is pretty clear: Average temperatures during meteorological winter in Massachusetts have been rising since the dawn of the industrial age.

The meteorological winter of 2022-2023 was tied with 2015-16 for warmest on record

This was the warmest winter on record in Massachusetts.

The statewide average temperature during the months of December 2022 - February 2023 – the period known as meteorological winter – was 33.7 degrees. That ties the average temperature during the winter of 2015-2016.

Four of the warmest winters in Massachusetts have occurred in just the last 22 years, according to data analyzed by Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.