Special Report: Fight against Global Warming
The global land surface temperature was the warmest on record for March(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
WASHINGTON, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The global land surface temperature was the warmest on record for March, 1.83 degrees Celsius above the 20th century mean of 4.89 degrees, according to a new report released Thursday by U.S. federal agency.
Global ocean surface temperatures were the 13th
warmest in March, as the cooling influence of La Nina in the tropical Pacific
continued, said the analysis report by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Combining the land and the ocean temperatures, the
overall global temperature ranked the second warmest for the month of March,
0.71 degrees above the 20th century mean of 12.72 degrees. Global temperature
averages have been recorded since 1880, and the warmest March on record occurred
In March, temperatures more than 4 degrees above
average covered much of the Asian continent. Two months after the greatest
January snow cover extent on record on the Eurasian continent, the unusually
warm temperatures in March led to rapid snow melt, and March snow cover extent
on the Eurasian continent was the lowest on record.
The average temperature for March in the contiguous
United States ranked near average for the past 113 years. It was the 63rdwarmest
March since record-keeping began in the United States in 1895.