The US Recorded Its Warmest March In History And All We Got Was This Timelapse Video

Tyler Durden's picture

NOAA just released confirmation that the first quarter of 2012 was the warmest on record. The fact that we rely on 'seasonal adjustments' in macro data that are so critical in our seeming belief in the recovery of the US economy (and its extrapolation into how many iPads will be bought next month) when the temperature is 20% hotter than average is simply incredible.



U.S. records warmest March; more than 15,000 warm temperature records broken

First quarter of 2012 also warmest on record; early March tornado outbreak is year's first "billion dollar disaster"

Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken during the month.

The average temperature of 51.1°F was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March and 0.5°F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910. Of the more than 1,400 months (117+ years) that have passed since the U.S. climate record began, only one month, January 2006, has seen a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012.

Note: The March 2012 Monthly Climate Report for the United States has several pages of supplemental information and data regarding the unprecedented early 2012 temperatures.

U.S. climate highlights — March

  • Every state in the nation experienced at least one record warm daily temperature during March. According to preliminary data, there were 15,272 warm temperature records broken (7,755 daytime records, 7,517 nighttime records). Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records. There were 21 instances of the nighttime temperatures being as warm, or warmer, than the existing record daytime temperature for a given date.
  • A persistent weather pattern led to 25 states east of the Rockies having their warmest March on record. An additional 15 states had monthly temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. That same pattern brought cooler-than-average conditions to the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California.
  • Temperatures in Alaska during March, which are not included in the contiguous U.S. average value, ranked as the tenth coolest on record.
  • The nationally-averaged precipitation total was 2.73 inches, which is 0.33 inches above average. The Pacific Northwest and the Southern Plains were much wetter than average during March while drier-than-average conditions prevailed in the interior West, Northeast, and Florida. Colorado had its driest March on record.
  • According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 3rd, 36.8 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in drought, a decrease from 38.7 percent at the end of February and an increase from 28.8 percent a year ago on April 5, 2011. Above-average precipitation across the Southern Plains improved long-term drought conditions Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Warmer-than-average conditions across the eastern U.S. also created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, there were 223 preliminary tornado reports during March, a month that averages 80 tornadoes annually. The majority of the tornadoes occurred during the March 2nd-3rd outbreak across the Ohio Valley and Southeast, which caused 40 fatalities. Total losses from this event are estimated to exceed $1.5 billion dollars, making this the first event of 2012 to exceed one billion dollars in damages and losses.
  • On March 9, a large weather system impacted the Hawaiian Islands, bringing extreme rainfall and severe thunderstorms. A rare EF-0 tornado hit the towns of Lanikai and Kailua on Oahu, causing minor damage. A hailstone with the largest diameter on record for the state, measuring 4¼ inches, fell on Oahu during this event.

Year-to-date (January-March)

  • The first three months of 2012 were also record warm for the contiguous United States with an average temperature of 42.0°F, 6.0°F above the long-term average.
  • Twenty-five states, all east of the Rockies, had their warmest first quarter on record, and an additional 16 states had first-quarter temperatures ranking among their ten warmest.
  • Numerous cities had a record warm January-March, including Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. No state in the contiguous U.S. had below-average January-March temperatures.
  • Alaska had its ninth coolest January-March period; temperatures were 5.2°F below average.
  • The nationally-averaged precipitation total for January-March was 0.29 inches below the long-term average. States across the Pacific Northwest and Southern Plains were wetter than average, while the Intermountain West, parts of the Ohio Valley, and the entire Eastern Seaboard were drier than average.
  • NOAA's U.S. Climate Extremes Index, an index that tracks the highest 10 percent and lowest 10 percent of extremes in temperature, precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones, was 39 percent, nearly twice the long-term average and the highest value on record for the January-March period. The predominant factor was the large area experiencing extremes in warm daily maximum and minimum temperatures.

Cold season (October-March) and 12-month period (April 2011-May 2012)

  • The cold season, which is defined as October 2011 through March 2012 and an important period for national heating needs, was second warmest on record for the contiguous U.S. with a nationally-averaged temperature 3.8°F above average. Only the cold season of 1999-2000 was warmer. Twenty-one states across the Midwest and Northeast, areas of the country with high annual heating demands, were record warm for the six-month period.
  • The previous 12-month period (April-March), which includes the second hottest summer (June-August) and fourth warmest winter (December-February), was the warmest such period for the contiguous United States. The 12-month running average temperature was 55.4°F, which is 2.6°F above the 20th century average.

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bank guy in Brussels's picture

Paging a delighted Al Gore ...

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I thought they already changed it to "Climate Change" because they were not sure which way the temp was going?  Drats!  Al Gore is foiled again!

bob_dabolina's picture

The only normal thing about the climate is that it changes.

Ice cores have shown that throughout time the climate changes drastically. In fact the correlation between carbon in the atmosphere and the temperature was completely spun (no shit) to make it appear that carbon led to higher temperatures. In fact, carbon levels LAG global temperature by about 600 years. The higher temperatures actually causes carbon levels to rise.

For whatever the reason, people refuse to concede to the fact that our sun (that big ball of fuck nuclear fission) that warms our entire solar system might, just might, have something to do with how warm (or cold) our planet gets.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Right.  Gore and the thousands of scientists who blame greenhouse gasses and correctly predicted the trend just made a lucky guess while the sun coincidentally picked now to start getting hotter.

LetThemEatRand's picture

You do realize that the scientists are talking about global trends over years, right?   Let me guess -- you giggle and say "told you so" when Drudge runs stories about global warming marches being snowed out in a particular city, even when the earth as a whole warmed up that same year, right?

bob_dabolina's picture

Let me guess. You giggle when scientists 40 years ago were predicting and ice age and everyone got paranoid about global cooling.

Then it was global warming.

Now it's "Climate Change"

Guess what? The climate changes...that's what it does. That's what it ALWAYS has done.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Surprised all the smart alecks here missed the biggest correlation-does-not-equal-causation reason for this..

Apple released it's HOTTEST product ever, Guranteed to rosast your Gonads AND/OR Ovaries for th enormally exhorbitant cost of an APPle proDUCT.

A Smouldering, Bitten Apple on your LapTops....FTW!!!


iDealMeat's picture


"(that big ball of fuck nuclear fission)"

Nuclear fission does not produce plasma.Either
the surface of the sun (stars) is not plasma or
the sun isn't nuclear fission.

Sun is more likely an big iron infused carbon ball
stuck in an massive electrical current.

GMadScientist's picture

Don't worry 'bout Old Mr. Bob Dabolina...he reduced his carbon footprint by moving into his SUV and the backed up CO is pushing his already meager faculties over the line.

Breathe deep Bob!

Colombian Gringo's picture

Yeah, breathe deep Bob, welcome to our shower. It is very good for you :-)

More climate warming BS from the liars extraordinare. Hey, guys like Obamas science czar James Hansen would NEVER lie about the data and promote CAGW, would they????

My advice to the CAGW'ers. Suck off a car exhaust, and learn the difference between CO2 and CO. All of us will benefit from your new found knowledge.


Flakmeister's picture

Do your knuckles drag when you walk?

Colombian Gringo's picture

Perhaps, but my dick also drags. Yours is too short except for Kari....

narapoiddyslexia's picture

97% of all climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming.

The ignorati who pretend they know otherwise can't pull their heads out of their asses long enough to study a few minutes. They never will.

narapoiddyslexia's picture

You barking dogs can junk me all you want. It is indisputable that 97% of all climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming. 

Here is an explanation -


SilverFish's picture

Sure.......  and 99 % of economic "experts" said there was no housing bubble either.  Did it ever occur to you that these "experts" livelyhood hinges on promoting the idea that we are causing climate change, and to say anything different would be putting themselves out of a job? Same goes with the so called economic experts as well.


Just about anything can be explained if you simply follow the money.

narapoiddyslexia's picture

"Just about anything can be explained if you simply follow the money."

ExxonMobil money funds the denialist community. Its amazing that the consensus around this site is that banks are somehow bad, but oil companies that fund this denialist garbage are not?

If there are climate trolls here, they are the denialists.

SilverFish's picture

Get back to me when you come up with an energy plan that doesnt involve putting trillions in Al Gores pockets and sending us back to the dark ages.

Flakmeister's picture

Trillions in Al Gores pockets.... Priceless bit of logic...

Sorry... but it appears that you are already living in the Dark Ages...

SilverFish's picture

So no solutions, huh?


Figured as much.



Flakmeister's picture

Why would I even attempt to discuss solutions when I am surrounded by people that deny there is even a problem...

You might start here

Diogenes's picture

So where's my damn check? I have been denying global warming bullshit for years and so far the U of East Anglia has gotten more oil company money than I have.

Colombian Gringo's picture

And I thought spring was Rabbit Season instead of Troll Season.

97% of scientists agree, and so that must make it true, just like housewifes on a Tide Commercial.

I thank you for the stupidity of your comment. It saves me a great deal of explanation as to why 97% of scientists agreeing is no more significant than 97% of theologians agreeing on how many angels dance on the head of a pin.

Flakmeister's picture

Well, >99% of physicists believe in Quantum Mechanics and Relativity.... I guess they are also conspiracies and hoaxes...

Do you get your understanding of science from Conservapedia??

Colombian Gringo's picture

Quantum Mechanics and Relativity and CAGW are not the same.  Physicists rely on repeatable, verifiable experiments to support their theories. CAGW'ers rely on faked data, incomplete computer models, and ad hominem attacks to support their theories.  But since you think you are so fucking smart, it might be worth remembering that at one time 99 % of scientists believe in phlogiston and heavier than air flight was impossible.  At least the original physicists were not political activists masquerading as hack scientists.

But Gee, I forget, the science of CAGW is settled....HAHAHAHAHAHAH!  

Flakmeister's picture

The science is very well settled, the quality of the data in some cases could be better....You do know that AGW was predicted in 1898? And you are aware that we verified the Green House effect with C02 in 1969 via satellite IR yes, the science is pretty much settled...

By the way, in all of your postings I don't recall a single bit of science...Please tell why me AGW is incorrect, aside from it impinging upon your sancrosant worldview...

What data was faked? How do you know it was faked? What would happen if you removed this data?


Would you like to discuss this prediction from 1975?

or this one from 1981

Colombian Gringo's picture

Sure the science is settled, why the great prophet Gore told us so. 

There are enough knowledgable posters on ZH that have done a very good job arguing your CAGW psuedoscience.  Instead, I look at what is really going on, to wit a fraud created to justify a global carbon tax to be spent by the UN, and a cap and trade market that will make the Banksters trillionaires. By their fruits ye shall know them, and what you offer humankind is servitude, poverty and a dismal future. No wonder outside of promoters like yourself, no one believes your BS. You are just taking your book.


As per the priests of CAGW, Carbon has become the new original sin, and treacherous swine like you want the rest of us to pay indulgences so you can eat while we work. Go fuck yourself.

Flakmeister's picture

Sounds like your problem is with Al Gore....

Sorry that you don't like big government but that has nothing to do with whether AGW is right or wrong...

You cannot even put into your own words why the science (which has been around along time) is wrong...

DaveyJones's picture

backwards logic. The carbon tax proves nothing other than a universal truth - the government (and others) are  scam artists that try to make money off any tragedy, crises, etc. Nothing new

Please explain the rate and speed of change (not the fact of change) measured by the ice core samples

Please also tell me if mankind has effected his environment and then define the environment.

Finally, tell me why it is absurd to suggest that if you unearth half of the densest carbon energy form ever created, that took million of years to form, and burn it up into the atmosphere, why that would not have some substantial effect  

Revert_Back_to_1792_Act's picture

Here is a little something on ice cores. 

This man is obviously committing denialist thought crimes by actually thinking and looking for data points.

He is also obviously a shill for the oil compaines?! I mean you can just see his wait...

Dare you to watch the whole thing.

then watch some of his debates with scientists.  See if you still hold on to your current worldview.



FreedomGuy's picture

Yes! The phlogiston! I thought everyone had forgotten that. How about spontaneous generation, too??? Such a good point. Voting does not make it true. 99% of leftists think they can make it work!

Death and Gravity's picture

If ihad a buck for every time a denialist invoked the 'consensus' strawman, I'd buy out ExxonMobil myself.

tarsubil's picture

Total BS. 99% of climate change scientists believe in climate change. The other 1% are thinking about going into video game development. FACT!

francis_sawyer's picture

Let's see... I'm driving my car down the road & hit an unseen slippery patch of black ice... The car begins to swerve & the force of gravity puts the car into an uncontrollable spin... About midway through the spin, I flip on the radio... Then the car careens off the embankement & into a ditch...

Dammit! I should have NEVER touched that radio dial!

narapoiddyslexia's picture

If you think your little story trumps the work of thousands of scientists over decades then you're even dumber than you appear.

narapoiddyslexia's picture

If you think your little story trumps the work of thousands of scientists over decades then you're even dumber than you appear.

Revert_Back_to_1792_Act's picture

Here is a little something on ice cores. It relies on common sense and observation rather than science.  Enjoy.

I think I might get junked so here is some Thomas Dolby.

This clip from Blazing Saddles also comes to mind.


youngman's picture

And 97% of those 97% of all climate change experts have more than one child.....go figure...and a dog or two..and a cat or 5.....

JW n FL's picture



for all of you, that have not taken the time.. to watch the "SHRINKING" Polar Ice Caps with your own eyes?

for all of you not familiar with what a Gigaton of Poison looks like!

for all of you that have not taken off Your Koch Brothers Sun Glasses and are thusly following your "GUT FEELINGS!"

I would like to say thank you! from the Republicans and the Top 0.00000001% for helping to de-populate the World!

What we need are more Mountain Top Mining Operations!

What we need are Many More Gigatons of Poison Spewed into the Air we Breathe!

What we need (considering you country fuckin bumpkins cannot afford ocean / water front taxes) are MORE COAL Fired Electrical Plants in China (800)!

Without you people who ignore your own eyes and numerical facts! where would Rush Limbaugh and the Koch family be?

So a BIG.. NO!! HUGE!!! Thank You!! from them there kind of people you can see eye to eye with!

and dont forget!

deep down you know the truth! dont let some slick talkin Hippie show you and satellite images or numbers!


Michael's picture

2012 is considered Solar Max year, although 2011 looked like the stronger solar max at this point. Prepare for much colder winters going forward like the ones we had a few years ago as the Sun goes into a sleepy phase again.

Try some real science headlines;

Flakmeister's picture

Yep..... you might want to consider this

I think we are a little ways off from the next solar maximum....

JW n FL's picture



2012 is considered Solar Max year, although 2011 looked like the stronger solar max at this point. Prepare for much colder winters going forward like the ones we had a few years ago as the Sun goes into a sleepy phase again.

Try some real science headlines;


are you saying that Think Progress is not somehow Real?

ok.. but I wasn’t quoting them anyway.. but if I were you?? I would stay away from the Koch Brother Financed Science..

SO! how about we settle on M.I.T.?? or is that to, too technical for you?

as you can see below Cambridge and M.I.T. are trying to educate the World.. given the Fact that the ***Koch Brothers spend $100's Millions of Dollars.. trying to stop legislation that would cut their Billion Dollar Profits Margins by at least HALF! I doubt that M.I.T. / Cambridge will have the market saturation the Koch's easily realize with a war chest of that size.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Climate Change Awareness Campaign - Rivers of Ice: What's Your Question?

4:00p–5:30p, Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center

The Cambridge Science Festival is kicking off a question campaign urging festival-goers to voice their questions and begin a dialogue about climate change. "What is climate change?" "Why are glaciers melting and what happens to people who live nearby?"

Send us your questions, and plan to join us on Saturday, April 21st for our "Rivers of Ice: What's Your Question?" symposium featuring mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears, and moderated by PRI's Marco Werman, with panelists Orville Schell, Susan Solomon, James Wescoat, and Graham Cogley.

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Manthong's picture

No cosa grande..

The Cesium 137 will get us before the Chinese coal plants do.

FreedomGuy's picture

The poles have melted before. And ice sheets were down in Tennessee. Do you suppose Republicans and conservatives breathe different air or drink different water? Do you suppose they like poison?


JW n FL's picture



Colombian Gringo

Yeah, breathe deep Bob, welcome to our shower. It is very good for you :-)

More climate warming BS from the liars extraordinare. Hey, guys like Obamas science czar James Hansen would NEVER lie about the data and promote CAGW, would they????

My advice to the CAGW'ers. Suck off a car exhaust, and learn the difference between CO2 and CO. All of us will benefit from your new found knowledge.

Obama's Science Czar is PRO! Population Control.

Thulsy Obama doenst do ANYTHING! to stop Global Wamring or anything to stop Poison from being Pumped into our Air Supply by the Gigaton!

which leads us to Sustainability!

which is really just a code word for Agenda 21!

Core Publications
Agenda 21

Links to Agenda 21 Chapters


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Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.

The full implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.

Reese Bobby's picture

What brand of tin foil makes the best protective head-wear?

JW n FL's picture



I understand that you don’t like the facts presented..

I understand that because you don’t like the facts presented that you are angry.

I understand that because you are angry that you need an outlet for your anger.

I understand that like most Sheep you would rather be Blissfully Ignorant than have to come to terms with Reality.

Don’t worry.. There are Lots of Corporate Owned Media Channels to choose from that will help you forget the Truth you suffered here because of me.

You will be back in the Matrix in no time.. Like this never happened.

but! and I know I am reaching here.. if you would like to discuss what Obama's Science Czar has written in his book..

or! if you would like to discuss the United Nations Agenda 21 that ALL! Presidents have signed and agreed too..

I am more than happy to take in your perspective of the Executed Contracts that EVERY American President since Bush has entered into.. Or the writings of our Science Czar, John Holdren.


it is hard to let go of something that makes you feel good..


in favor of having to suffer being informed..


and then ridiculed for being informed because you feel compelled to help others be informed so that when QE 3, 4, or 10 doesn’t work and the markets do come undone (over a missed line of code or other reason) that at least the people.. that you care about?? have a chance of maintaining some kind of quality of life.  


Fox News: Obama Signs Agenda 21 Related Executive Order - Rural Councils


Reese Bobby's picture

#1  I too am a Reynolds guy.  If it's not broke, don't fix it.  Right?

#2  I am more fatigued than angry with kooks like you.

Early in this chain an open-minded person explained the simple and beautiful logic of this video:

You should watch it and either refute it or move on down the road.  You bore me, and I doubt I am the only one.


Michael's picture

I really like your input JW, but the current solar cycle is going to make a monkey out of all the so called carbon credit environmentalists. Did you see the sunspot number today?


Climate Progress forgot about the weather on the rest of the planet this past year.