Over 15,000 temperature records were broken across the U.S. last month. According to NOAA, the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. contributed to the warmest March on record since 1895. Each of the contiguous states saw at least one record-breaking day throughout the month.
Here are a few other interesting weather facts from 2012 thus far:
- 25 states east of the Rockies experienced their warmest March on record
- The tornado outbreak in early March was this year’s first “billion dollar disaster”
- The average temperature across the U.S. for March was 51.1°F. That’s 8.6º above the 20th century average for March
- In March precipitation was up .33” across the U.S.
- A record-breaking hail stone, measuring 4.5”, fell on Oahu during a storm on March 9
- January and February, as well as March, were record-breaking in terms in terms of warmth. NOAA reported the average temperature at 42ºF, 6º above average