Saturday, April 18, 2015

March 2015:  Another Warmest Month on Record for the Planet

Departure of temperature from average for March 2015, the warmest March for the globe since record keeping began in 1880. Record warmth was observed in parts of the western United States and Canada, various regions in eastern Africa, parts of Scandinavia and northwestern Russia, part of south central China, and an area of northeastern Australia. Record cold was not observed over any land areas. [Image Credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)]  Click to Enlarge.
March 2015 was Earth's warmest March since global record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Friday.  NASA rated March 2015 as the 3rd warmest March on record (small differences in analysis techniques can lead to slightly different rankings from agency to agency, and the two estimates were quite close to each other.)  March 2015's warmth makes the year to date period (January - March) the warmest such period on record, and the past twelve months the warmest twelve-month period in recorded history.  By NOAA's reckoning, seven of the past eleven months (May, June, August, September, October, and December 2014, along with March 2015) have tied or set new record high monthly temperatures.  According to NASA, March 2015 had the 5th largest departure from average for warmth of any month in recorded history.  Out of the ten months with the largest departures from average in the NASA database, five have occurred in the past year

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