Earth Sciences March 2016 Was The Hottest March Ever


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Jan 24, 2016
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Another Month, Another Temperature Record: March 2016 Was The Hottest March Ever
And we’ve done it again, breaking another global monthly temperature record. Depressingly, there isn’t much left to say on this now, except that data released by both NASA and the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) has confirmed that March 2016 was the hottest March ever recorded.

This pushes us closer and closer to that 2°C (3.6°F) of warming that scientists and researchers have warned could well be the tipping point. With the string of monthly records broken so far, though – 11 in a row to date – some suggest that it might already be too late.

The JMA Report that March was not only the hottest March on record, but that it broke the record by the largest margin, just like February and January did before it. Their figures show that the month was 1.07°C (1.9°F) hotter than the global average for that month calculated from 1891. While the data from NASA confirms that March was the warmest on record, it deviates slightly in that while they recorded March as being 1.65°C (2.97°F) above the 1965 to 1980 average, it was still beaten by the previous month as the record February was 1.71°C (3.1°F) higher.