Posted by | April 16, 2010 00:13 | Filed under: Top Stories

Last month was the warmest March on record, going back to 1880.

The average temperature for the month was 56.3 degrees Fahrenheit (13.5 degrees Celsius), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

That was 1.39 degrees F (0.77 C) above the average for the month over the 20th century.

I believe the proper term is “global warming.”

In addition, climate researchers have been reporting rising global temperatures for several years as a result of what is called the “greenhouse effect,” in which rising levels of carbon dioxide and others gases in the atmosphere trap heat instead of allowing it to escape into space.

NOAA also reported that in March Arctic sea ice, which normally reaches its maximum in that month, covered an average of 5.8 million square miles (15.1 million square kilometers).

That was 4.1 percent below the 1979-2000 average expanse, and the fifth-smallest March coverage since records began in 1979.

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