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March 2015 Was The Hottest March On Record

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Did you notice last month was unusually warm? You weren’t alone.

In 136 years of record keeping by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), March 2015 was the hottest March ever recorded. The previous record, which was set in 2010, was beat by 0.09°F. 

NOAA’s observations were reaffirmed by NASA, which reported the first three months of this year were the hottest on record.

"2015 may be poised to eclipse 2014’s newly minted record, though climate scientists are cautious on such pronouncements,” Andrea Thompson of Climate Central wrote.

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Scientists also noted that the globe is currently experiencing an El Niño effect, meaning a band of warm ocean water has developed around the equator, so it’s unlikely the weather will cool down any time soon.

NOAA predicted there’s a 60 percent chance that El Niño will continue all year. 

Despite the good news for those eager to stash away their winter coats, news of the hotter climate may be unwelcome to those who are concerned about global warming. In addition to hotter weather, the Arctic sea ice was at its smallest for the month of March since records began in 1979.

Sources: Climate Central, Think Progress / Image via Tim J Keegan/Flickr