The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made last month the warmest March on record, according to 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, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.
I don’t understand the furor. I just read 2,000 Hansen e-mails lecturing us all (who were living through a third harsh winter in a row) about the fact that individual years don’t mean anything and only a fool would bother unscientifically drawing attention to such small climatic time-scales. Now we’re supposed to care about a month?
The whiplash continues.