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The heat goes on: March was warmest on record

April 17, 2010

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— And the heat goes on.

A nomadic Gujjar girl plays in the River Tawi to get respite from the heat Friday in Jammu, India. Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, based on records back to 1880, scientists reported Thursday.

A nomadic Gujjar girl plays in the River Tawi to get respite from the heat Friday in Jammu, India. Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, based on records back to 1880, scientists reported Thursday.

Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, based on records back to 1880, scientists reported Thursday.

The average temperature for the month was 56.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

That was 1.39 degrees F above the average for the month over the 20th century.

NOAA researchers said the warmer-than-normal conditions were especially notable in northern Africa, South Asia, Tibet, Delhi, India and Canada. Cooler-than-normal re-gions included Mongolia and eastern Russia, northern and western Europe, Mexico, northern Australia, western Alaska and the southeastern U.S.

Contributing to the record month was El Niño, a periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that, combined with changes in winds and air pressure, can affect weather worldwide.

In addition, climate researchers have been reporting rising global temperatures for several years as a result of what is called the “greenhouse effect,” in which rising levels of carbon dioxide and others gases in the atmosphere trap heat instead of allowing it to escape into space.

NOAA also reported that in March the Arctic sea ice, which normally reaches its maximum in that month, covered an average of 5.8 million square miles.

That was 4.1 percent below the 1979-2000 average expanse, and the fifth-smallest March coverage since records of that type began in 1979.

Comments

parrothead8 3 years, 12 months ago

Move to India, Tom. Ask them if they think the planet is getting hotter.

Oh, wait. Never mind. For just a minute, I forgot that the far right doesn't care about anyone other than themselves.

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Hydra 4 years ago

You can believe whatever you want. It's a shame you can't see beyond your own front porch thou.

If it's cold here it must be cold everywhere.

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MacHeath 4 years ago

Yeah, I dunno, man... I am not saying there is nothing to it, but who do you believe? I am sure someone will tell me, LOL

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Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Considering that we've seen more than ever lately, Far-Left Elite Environmentalist Zealots (FLEEZ) manipulating data to push their costly global warming agenda, who would believe this information? This incudes NOAA removing hundreds of DART buoys from colder regions/waters. Oh wait, porch person says Climategate has been officially debunked.

(laughter)

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