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NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made March 2010 the warmest March on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Taken separately, average ocean temperatures were the warmest for any March and the global land surface was the fourth warmest for any March on record. Additionally, the planet has seen the fourth warmest January - March period on record.

The monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is based on records going back to 1880.

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for March 2010 was the warmest on record at 56.3 °F (13.5 °C), which is 1.39 °F (0.77 °C) above the 20th century average of 54.9 °F (12.7 °C).

  • The worldwide ocean surface temperature was the highest for any March on record: 1.01 °F (0.56 °C) above the 20th century average of 60.7 °F (15.9 °C).

  • Separately, the global land surface temperature was 2.45 °F (1.36 °C) above the 20th century average of 40.8 °F (5.0 °C)—the fourth warmest on record. Warmer-than-normal conditions dominated the globe, especially in northern Africa, South Asia and Canada. Cooler-than-normal regions included Mongolia and eastern Russia, northern and western Europe, Mexico, northern Australia, western Alaska and the southeastern United States.

  • El Niño weakened to moderate strength in March, but it contributed significantly to the warmth in the tropical belt and the overall ocean temperature. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to continue its influence in the Northern Hemisphere at least through the spring.

  • For the year-to-date, the combined global land- and ocean-surface temperature of 55.3 °F (13.0 °C) was the fourth warmest for a January-March period. This value is 1.19 °F (0.66 °C) above the 20th century average.

  • According to the Beijing Climate Center, Tibet experienced its second warmest March since historical records began in 1951. Delhi, India also had its second warmest March since records began in 1901, according to the India Meteorological Department.

NOAA’s State of the Climate report also showed the March 2010 average temperature for the entire contiguous United States was warmer-than-average with several New England states experiencing one of the warmest months of March on record. Average precipitation for the US was below normal, but heavy rainfall set March records in parts of the Northeast. (Earlier post.)


The Goracle


Research shows that the temperature readings are from sensors that will skew up over time due to their proximity to heat islands, HVAC equipment, elimination of sensors in cooler areas, etc. Let the data manipulation continue!

In startling, but equivalent, news, it is 375 degrees Fahrenheit in my house today!!! Of course I am measuring my home temperature with the temperature sensor in my oven but I am at least as scientific as these climate "scientists."

Praise be to Algore!


Sanity Chk

Hey fossil mouthpiece, fact or fiction? If you malign the characters of the scientists publishing findings, it is incumbent upon you to substantiate your allegations. Prove that the temperature data is flawed, and then show that the investigators haven't compensated for biased temperature readings. Otherwise, can it!


Which research shows that temperature sensors were incorrectly placed?

Allch Chcar

Actually, wasn't it the "adjusted" temperature readings that was found to be skewed?

I don't doubt it's warmer than usual but I don't believe in the El Nino/La Nina effects as singular weather patterns. I'm more inclined to believe it's the number and frequency of Sunspot activity than Global Climate patterns.

There's actually nothing in here spouting the "Human Climate Change" doctrine so I don't know why you're so worried that the more Myopic readers are seeing this as a sign of "Human based Global Warming" as opposed to regular weather patterns. We still remember the Ice Storms and the Colder Winters where Myopic people ran amock with claims about," "Global Warming" is a farce"/"still not seeing the global warming", why is it anymore "Global Warming" to have Ocean temperatures rise more than usual for a few summers?

Henry Gibson

Every time a forest is destroyed to plant biofuels there is a human caused climate change. The availability of fossil fuels has allowed the life expectancy of humans to double and the population to multiply, and any increase of the level of CO2 and the likely resultant increase of temperature will not flood the earth sufficiently to eliminate the population growth. People did actually move away from New Orleans before and after it was flooded, and most other animals will not wait around while the water slowly drowns them. The slopes around Mount Everest will become warmer and more populated. The human race can establish an outpost on the moon where there is no water and no atmosphere to get warmer. We can experiment with the idea by building a sealed city in tunnels in the mountains of Greenland. Food will be made with from hydrogen from nuclear energy and recycled CO2 from humans. ..HG..


We did not need high accuracy sensors to note that it is warming up. Tree leaves and plenty of freshly cut green grass in early April is something we never had 150 Km North of North Pole New York.

If this can only keep up for a few more years our snow birds will not have to drive to Florida every winter.

The Goracle will soon choke in his tears.


This show ended with Climategate didn't it?


No, sulleny. "Climategate" was immediately recognized as propaganda by anyone with a clue, and a second independent inquiry has confirmed that.


No... EP. AGW ended with ClimateGate. And resulted in new laws proposed to correct what ClimateGate exposed. Hiding publicly funded data...

"Washington, DC – Fueling the growing momentum toward openness, transparency, and accessibility to publicly funded information, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has been introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal."


Climategate was cold hard fact.

Not propaganda, not a projection, not "adjusted data", not the result of a model.

How many "independent" investigations would propaganda warrent.

None. Get real.


You are all laughable in your certainty. How the heck do any of you claim to have absolute knowledge of the climate?
AGW is possible. And, it's possibly wrong. Only time will tell us the truth. But today, none of you know. You just have your opinion.


Yet again zombie talking points lurch out from the GCC comments. If anyone is interested in the science behind the points trotted out above we have:


And Sulleney if you think the science of climate change has somehow collapsed after the CRU hack you are living in a fantasy world.


Will lasting warmer climate bring more volcano activities, more earth quakes, more violent tropical storms, increased temperature variability, more tornado, more insect infestations, more tropical diseases, higher sea level, loss/gain of food production land, etc?

Will all living species have time to adapt?

Aaron Turpen

The good news is, as I'm often reminded by global warming alarmists when I report on snowfall here in Wyoming, this is all moot because it's WEATHER!

Weather isn't climate! HAHAHA!

So who gives a crap what the "average global temperature for March" was? Nobody but those who can use it to make a claim one way or another about global warming.


So can we get back to real automotive news now, green CAR congress? Or will you be changing your name to "Green Car Congress and AGW Propagandists" soon?


AGW is possible. And, it's possibly wrong. Only time will tell us the truth. But today, none of you know. You just have your opinion.

"only time will tell?" We've been watching the temperture go up for 50 years, how much time do you need?

@AT Yeah, snowfall(or rain or sun or etc.) at one place at one time is weather but 'Climate encompasses the statistics of temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, atmospheric particle count and numerous other meteorological elements in a given region over long periods of time. Climate can be contrasted to weather, which is the present condition of these same elements over periods up to two weeks.' and 'Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It can be a change in the average weather or a change in the distribution of weather events around an average.'


Anyway it's pretty boring and commands near zero attention in every voter poll conducted the last two years. Happily here at GCC we do work on green cars and come November there actually ARE a couple real green cars coming online. For me that addresses my primary issues:

National Security
Domestic Economy (less foreign oil purchase)
Energy Independence
Lower real pollution
Lower fossil fuel use
Alternative liquid fuels
Conversion of coal to NG



Move north of the border and most of your goals will be met overnight.


Well put, Sulleny. Let's stay on subject and drop the bickering.

Nat Pearre


Not that I think you have any interest in learning the truth, but this post addresses the research to which (I believe) you are referring.

Aaron: ai_vin pretty much covered it, but seriously... you can understand why more credence is given to a GLOBAL, MONTH-LONG average than to your reports of late season snow in your town, can't you?


Climategate or the other so called facts that the denialist spout are just a bunch of over the top sensationalist dribble that they get. Trying not to argue facts but to try to paint the opposition as not legitmate.

That list of national security. The US pentagon put AGW and its outcomes as a top threat to global security.

The only thing that trying to illegimatize AGW in the present fashion does, is allow people to procrastinate.

If you don't want to read about this, which is a germaine subject in "green" cars then go to a complete car site or better yet don't read it.

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