March Breaks U.S. Heat Records, Stunning NOAA Video

March 2012 was the warmest on record since 1895, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA created a stunning time-lapse video of 15,000 local temperature records broken during the month.

“The average temperature of 51.1F was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March and 0.5F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910,” explains NOAA in its monthly State of the Climate report. Overall, October 2011 to March 2012 was the second warmest winter ever.

U.S. weather displayed the extremes scientists are predicting will intensify with global warming:

  • At 6.0 degrees above average, the first three months of 2012 marked the warmest first quarter on record for the contiguous United States. At the same time, Alaska experienced its coolest January-March ever and was 5.2 degrees cooler than average for the period.
  • While March was slightly rainier than average overall, 0.33 inches more rain than usual, it was much wetter than average in the Pacific Northwest and Southern Plains. At the same time, Colorado had its driest March on record and the interior West, Northeast, and Florida experienced continued drought conditions.
  • Warmer-than-average temperatures created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornados. March typically averages 80 tornadoes a year, but saw 223 preliminary tornado reports in 2012. The March 2-3 outbreak in the Ohio Valley and Southeast killed 40 people and wrought $1.5 billion in damages.

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Image source: NOAA


Dale Overall

Interesting and informative. Although I have to admit enjoying the close to 80F weather in early March living in a cold climate that was a delight, unhappily it does have its consequences-interfere with Mother Nature and we got short shrift on the maple sap run this year!
My, my are some of you mean to each other in your comments! Get a grip people one can exchange ideas and beliefs without stomping over each other with invective! Rather mild here I have to admit compared to some places like vegans and hunters on the In Defence Of Hunting! (Defense depending on which country you live in) Wow, are they ever nasty to each other there! Another Care2 topic site!

Enjoy your day and give Mother Earth a hug

Scott M.
Its wonderful e5 years ago

Yes the jetstream was further north over NA and south over Europe, record cold in Europe.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

"This story is all about weather, not climate".

Weather is part of climate and weather is how climate is measured so any discussion of weather is also about climate. It suits the commenter of the above to separate weather from climate so he can continue to deny climate change no matter how extreme the weather becomes.

And as for "this story would not have been be written" if things were different, can't you say that about every story??

Robert O.
Bob B5 years ago

This story is all about weather, not climate.

But of course it suits the writer to twist it into a climate story.

You can be sure if it was cool weather instead of warm, this story would not have been written.

Monica D.
Monica D5 years ago

Climate change is frightening.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy5 years ago

Report after report after report confirms our worst nightmare and GREED drives us to self destruction. Stupidity.

Ruth R.
Ruth R5 years ago

Please grow food gardens indoors to save water and cotrole what you put into what you eat.
Please make a food, organic seed or heirloom seed, and drinking water/water filter pantry that will last a while -- as much non- gmo food as posssible -- for you and maybe for some who can not or will not -- that is if you are capable and willing.

Ruth R.
Ruth R5 years ago

Thanks Elaine A. Prayer does work -- that is seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you. Also, if people will first humble themselves, and seek God and His will, and do His will, then God may choose (promises) to bless people --
and that goes for all His people, and those that choose Him, and any place on the earth that He (God) created. Now that is according to that scripture those scriptures in the Bible that mention this.

Read more:
My comment from the other article -- and of course -- it is years for some people -- that if they turn back to God -- and receive His love, because God is love, seek His face, turn from their wicked ways, do good, then God say that He will heal their land.
Some people have been really been ignoring God. -- What if God is the answer and has the answers?

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

I guess some people prefer to live in an unhealthy state of denial instead of accepting evidence of climate change that is as strong as evidence for gravity and every other scientific theory...

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

I live in the Seattle/Tacoma Washington area, and as a gardener, all my life, I pay attention to our plants and trees..and for over 6 years, every year has been .."off"..and increasingly so!...this year, the spring bulbs and the flowering cherry & plum trees are 4 1/2 weeks behind and the apple trees are 3 1/2 weeks behind..not good!...the evidance is in our face, my friends!