Regular readers of this space will likely remember that March 1910 was by far the warmest March on record until this year. March 1910 was not only warm locally, but throughout much of United States just like this year. As last month was coming to a close many people, including myself, were curious if March 2012 would best March 1910 as the warmest on record in the lower 48 states.
According to analysis released earlier this week from the National Climatic Data Center, last month did end up ranking as the warmest March on record for the lower 48 states. The national average temperature was 51.1 degrees which was 0.5 degrees warmer than March 1910. Considering the massive urban build up in the past 102 years and that most stations now have a warm urban heat island bias, that result was not totally surprising.
Locally, North Dakota as a whole, recorded the 2nd warmest March on record and in Minnesota the month ranked as the warmest.