March: Warmest on Record in US

It has been raining and cold for three days straight in Western Turkey.  On Büyükada island we bundle up to go out to eat and hurry back to get warm.  But the NNE winds and wet are par for the course here in April.  Not so, the past month in the US, as verifies by NOAA and reported by Weather Underground.

Not only was March 2012 the warmest March in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1895, it was also the second most extreme month for warmth in U.S. history, said NOAA yesterday, in their monthly “State of the Climate” report. The average temperature of 51.1°F was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March, and 0.5°F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910. Of the more than 1,400 months that have passed since the U.S. weather records began in 1895, only one month–January 2006–had a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012. A remarkable 25 states east of the Rockies had their warmest March on record, and an additional 15 states had a top-ten warmest March. Only four states were cooler than average, with Alaska being the coldest (tenth coldest March on record.)