March 2014 4th Warmest Globally

By: Christopher C. Burt , 6:59 PM GMT on April 22, 2014

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March 2014 4th Warmest Globally

NOAA released its global March 2014 summary today (April 22nd) which stated that it was the 4th warmest March on record over global land and ocean surfaces since 1880. The global average temperature for the month was 12.3°C (54.1°F) which was 0.71°C (1.28°F) above the 20th century average.



March 2014 land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius. NOAA



March 2014 land and sea surface temperature deciles. NOAA

As can be seen in the above maps, March was much warmer than normal across all of Europe and Asia aside from the sub-continent of India and surrounding areas. The month was the warmest March on record for South Korea and Slovakia and ranked in the top three such for Austria, Norway, Latvia, and Germany. Other sources claim it was actually the warmest March on record for Germany. On the other hand, it was one of the coldest March’s on record for portions of eastern Canada and the Upper Midwest and Northeast of the U.S.A. In spite of this, the Arctic Sea Ice Extent was 4.7% below the 1981-2010 average and the 5th smallest for March since satellite records of such began in 1979. However, in Antarctica the ice extent was 20% above the 1981-2010 average and 3rd largest March extent on record.



Global and hemispheric land and ocean surface mean temperature anomalies for the entire POR of 1880-present. NOAA et al.

NASA concluded in their analysis that March 2014 globally was also the fourth warmest such on record. The warmest March was that of 2002 followed by 2010 and 1990. The NASA statistics can be found here.

I posted last week a blog titled ‘March 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary’ with some details about specific extreme weather events that occurred during the month.

For the complete NOAA March 2014 Global Analysis report see this posting here.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian

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6. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:20 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
weatherhistorian has created a new entry.
5. streamtracker
1:05 AM GMT on April 24, 2014
What is the grid size in the maps?
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4. maxcrc
12:33 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Quoting 3. weatherhistorian:

It was the 4th warmest MARCH on record, not the 4th warmest month (any month) on record, as the list you provided illustrates.





Perhaps MarytheMet should go study the basics of climatology since he/she can't distinguish between a long term trend from short term oscillations due to different atmospheric/oceanic patterns :PDO, AMO, ENSO, etc...
These pathetic attempts to deny the GW are quite empty of substance.
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3. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
4:10 AM GMT on April 23, 2014
It was the 4th warmest MARCH on record, not the 4th warmest month (any month) on record, as the list you provided illustrates.


Quoting 2. MarytheMet:

This data seems to show no such thing.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/global/g lobe/land_ocean/0/1880-2013.csv

The five year temp trend is cooler... -0.38 deg C per century and the ten year trend is exactly zero.

Here are a list of months when the temp was warmer.

2002 1 0.7139
2005 11 0.7203
2007 4 0.721
2005 4 0.7232
2004 2 0.7236
2010 5 0.7246
1998 7 0.7292
2003 10 0.74
1998 4 0.7455
2008 3 0.7455
2010 11 0.7479
2003 12 0.7529
2004 11 0.7591
2006 12 0.7595
2013 11 0.7811
2010 4 0.7834
2002 3 0.7889
2002 2 0.7989
2010 3 0.8007
1998 2 0.8537
2007 1 0.861

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2. MarytheMet
2:36 AM GMT on April 23, 2014
This data seems to show no such thing.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/global/g lobe/land_ocean/0/1880-2013.csv

The five year temp trend is cooler... -0.38 deg C per century and the ten year trend is exactly zero.

Here are a list of months when the temp was warmer.

2002 1 0.7139
2005 11 0.7203
2007 4 0.721
2005 4 0.7232
2004 2 0.7236
2010 5 0.7246
1998 7 0.7292
2003 10 0.74
1998 4 0.7455
2008 3 0.7455
2010 11 0.7479
2003 12 0.7529
2004 11 0.7591
2006 12 0.7595
2013 11 0.7811
2010 4 0.7834
2002 3 0.7889
2002 2 0.7989
2010 3 0.8007
1998 2 0.8537
2007 1 0.861
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1. barbamz
9:13 PM GMT on April 22, 2014
Thank you! And indeed: "March was much warmer than normal across all of Europe", including Germany (and the heat is still on):


Temperature anomaly for Germany in March 2014 (in Celsius).
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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.