US records warmest March since 1895

Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: April 10, 2012 11:32 am

The US in 2012 has recorded the warmest March ever since the country started record-keeping in 1895,with more than 15,000 warm temperature records broken,America’s weather monitoring agency has said.

The average temperature of 51.1°F in March 2012 was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March and 0.5°F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910,the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken during the month,it added,as record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

Of the more than 1,400 months (117+ years) that have passed since the US climate record began,only one month,January 2006,has seen a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012,it said.

The US this year has recorded the warmest March ever since the it started record-keeping in 1895.

According to preliminary data,NOAA said there were as many as 15,272 warm temperature records broken (7,755 daytime records,7,517 nighttime records).

Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records. There were 21 instances of the nighttime temperatures being as warm,or warmer,than the existing record daytime temperature for a given date,it said.

Warmer-than-average conditions across the eastern US also created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. According to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center,there were 223 preliminary tornado reports during March,a month that averages 80 tornadoes annually.

The majority of the tornadoes occurred during the March 2nd-3rd outbreak across the Ohio Valley and Southeast,which caused 40 fatalities. Total losses from this event are estimated to exceed USD 1.5 billion dollars,making this the first event of 2012 to exceed one billion dollars in damages and losses,it said.

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