March 2014 4th Warmest Globally

Published: 6:59 PM GMT on April 22, 2014

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
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