The Earth is Warming. Period.

In the not good news department, from Jeff Masters:

The globe recorded its warmest March since record keeping began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Climatic Data Center. The March temperature anomaly of 0.77°C (1.39°F) beat the previous record set in 2002 by 0.03°C. The last time the globe had a record warmest month was in January 2007 (according to NOAA) or in November 2009 (according to NASA). [NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies rated March 2010 the second warmest March on record, 0.01°C behind the record set in 2002.]

The year-to-date period, January – March, is the 4th warmest such period on record, according to NOAA, and the warmest on record, according to NASA.

March 2010 global ocean temperatures were the warmest on record, while land temperatures were the 4th warmest.

Global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the warmest on record in March, according to both the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) and Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) groups. The March temperature anomaly of 0.65°C was the third highest monthly anomaly on record, behind the 0.76°C anomalies measured in February and April of 1998.

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