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Warmest March on record in US

2012-04-09 22:44

Washington - The United States has experienced the warmest March on record dating back to 1895 due to unusually high temperatures in the eastern two-thirds of the nation, federal scientists said on Monday.

The country's average temperature last month of 10.6°C was "4.7°C above the 20th century average for March and 2°C warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Every single state saw at least one record warm day last month, while hundreds of spots across the country broke their previous all-time warm records for the month of March.

A total of 25 states east of the Rocky Mountains has their warmest March on record, and an additional 15 states showed last month ranked among their top 10 warmest Marches ever.

The warmest March on record data includes just the continental United States and excludes Hawaii and Alaska, the latter ranking last month as its 10th coolest on record in sharp contrast to the rest of the nation.

Meanwhile, the first three months of this year also showed a record warm trend for the United States with an average temperature of 5.5°C, 3.3°C above the long-term average, NOAA said.

The United States also experienced its first billion dollar storm of the year March 2 and 3 with a tornado outbreak that killed 40 people in the eastern US and caused $1.5bn in damages, the agency said.

Comments
  • Graham - 2012-04-09 23:31

    Global warming you stupid mother truckers!

      marius.dumas - 2012-04-10 16:25

      @MemeMan I think your mind is playing tricks on you, or you are just talking plain nonsense. http://www.warwickhughes.com/climate/cape.gif http://www.warwickhughes.com/climate/cool2.htm http://climatereason.com/LittleIceAgeThermometers/CapeTown_South_Africa.html From above links since 1859 to 1999 temperatures in Cape Town have been dropping http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/Cape_Town_D_F_Malan/688160.htm The above link is from Cape Town International Airport temperature records showing 1977 16.9 1978 16.8 1979 17 1980 16.9 1981 16.6 1982 16.2 1983 16.6 1984 17.2 1985 17.2 1986 17.3 1987 17 1988 16.7 1989 16.5 1990 16.4 1991 16.4 1992 16.3 1993 16.8 1994 16.4 1995 16.3 1996 15.9 1997 16.5 1998 16.6 1999 17.3 2000 17 2001 16.7 2002 - 2003 16.8 2004 17 2005 - 2006 16.9 2007 17 2008 17 2009 17.4 2010 17.1 2011 16.9 2012 - It simple to see that temperatures haven’t moved a single bit in Cape Town for the last 34 years

  • Douglas - 2012-04-10 00:47

    It's fast becoming undeniably clear, even to the diehard skeptics.

  • marius.dumas - 2012-04-10 15:24

    US have their warmest days while Europe had their coldest days. I wonder if Global warming was responsible for the last time it was as hot in 1895. Obviously if it was that hot more than a hundred years ago not much have changed.

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