April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter
On the heels of the second warmest winter in its 138-year record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that March 2017 and the year-to-date were the second warmest on record for the world.
The March 2017 average global temperature was 1.89 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 54.9°F, according to the analysis, released earlier this week by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This temperature was the second highest for March in the 1880-2017 record, behind last year by 0.32°F. This also marks the first time the monthly temperature departure from average surpassed 1.8°F in the absence of an El Niño effect in the tropical Pacific Ocean, NOAA reported in a press release.
The year-to-date average, from January through March of this year, was 1.75°F above the 20th-century average of 54.1°F. This was the second-highest first quarter of the year on record, behind 2016 by 0.32°F.
In Canada specifically, much of the country experienced near- to cooler-than-average conditions, with average temperatures 1 degrees to 5 degrees Celsius below average. In the contiguous United States, warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions were present, resulting in the ninth warmest March since national records began in 1895.