March sets ‘stunning’ warmth record
Data from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that March 2016 was the warmest March since 1891, making it Earth’s 11th consecutive month to set a global temperature milestone.
The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature in March 2016 was +0.62°C above the 1981-2010 average and was the warmest since 1891.
NOAA climatologist Deke Arndt discovered a “stunning feature” that for the first time on record during a calendar month, every one of 357 climate divisions in the Lower 48 states of the United States and Alaska was warmer than normal.
Due to El Nino and the long-term global warming trend, warm weather record after record has fallen in 2015 and 2016.
The Arctic sea ice has also set a record for the lowest winter maximum extent, potentially setting the ice pack up for a summer melt season with a largely open Arctic Ocean.