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The number of frigid days in Salisbury has risen 10 days on avg since 1970

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As this meteorological winter comes to an end, we’re taking a look back to see how winters have been changing overall in Salisbury. Some years have been unusually cold, others unusually warm, but the number of frigid days has been on an up trend since 1970. On average, as the chart above shows, that number has risen from 82 to 92 over 42 years.

This is the opposite of what has gone on in much of the nation, and in Salisbury, if you go back to the 1950s, the number of freezing days has gone up as well — proof that even a world that s warming overall, local weather patterns mean that some locations will see actually see an increase in cold days, at least in some seasons.

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