March Land Temperatures Hit Record High

But US has average month
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2008 4:05 AM CDT
Workers enjoy their lunch hour on Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis Monday, March 26, 2007 as shirt-sleeve weather was the norm with record temperatures in the mid-70's.    (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – This March was the world's warmest ever on record over land surfaces—and the second warmest overall, AP reports. Land temperatures worldwide averaged 40.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above the 20th-century average. Over land and sea, only 2002 saw higher temperatures in 129 years of record-keeping, adding to mounting concerns about climate change.

In the US, however, it was weather as usual, averaging 42 degrees—just .4 degrees below the 20th-century average. While the snow pack shrunk in some western areas, it was still the highest in more than a decade. Nine states saw above-average rainfall, including Missouri, with its second-wettest recorded March. Drought conditions continue in the southeast.