March was Globe's Fourth-Hottest, but Cooler Than Normal for U.S.

4/26/2014 8:59:08 AM

Last month was one of the world's hottest Marches on record, except in the United States, federal forecasters reported.

In fact, it was the fourth-hottest March out of 135 years' worth of records, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The overall global temperature was 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average.

Snow covered the northeastern United States on last day of meteorological winter, 2014. (Credit: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space and Video)

The United States, however, had a cooler March than normal -- 1 F cooler, to be exact. It was the 43rd-coolest March on record.

Slovakia experienced its hottest March on record, while Latvia and South Korea has their second-warmest. Northern Siberia was 9 F warmer than average. In Denmark and Norway, the month was about 7 F warmer than normal (Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, April 22).

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