Warmest ever … and then some
It’s getting harder to find the proper adjectives to describe the remarkable string of temperature records set during the past few months, and March 2016 was no exception. For the month, and the year-to-date, parts of every inhabited continent and every major ocean basin had some regions with record warmth for the year-to-date.
Once again, the average global temperature spiked to a new record high. At 2.2 degrees above the 20th century average, the March reading broke last year’s record by 0.54 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the 11th month in a row when the average global temperature soared to a new high, the longest streak of record highs in the 137-year record, according to the monthly summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
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