March 2009 Tenth Warmest on Record for Global Temperatures??!!

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When I saw the above headline on NOAA.gov, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was a little relieved to know that nationally the US was near the average monthly March temperature while the global average was much warmer than normal with land and ocean temperatures 0.97 degrees above normal, making it the tenth warmest March ever.

In our little bubble here in the Northwest we experienced likely the coldest (and in some parts snowiest) March ever in recorded history, but while we were shivering our buns off up here Europe and most of Asia were exeperiencing warmer and drier than normal weather with very little in the way of snow. In fact, the northwest was one of the very few areas in the whole world that experienced colder than normal temperatures and snowfall.

One other interesting tidbit of information is that Arctic Sea ice was 3.7% below normal in March, but Antarctic Sea ice was 15.8% above normal. For the whole report, click here.

But why in the world are we reliving March? Isn’t there supposed to be a couple of 70 degree days headed our way?! Ok, sorry to keep you waiting. Let’s get to the forecast:

Today ended up being sunnier than predicted, but surprisngly it ended up being in the temperature range I expected with highs across the area in the mid and upper 50s. It certainly felt much warmer than that today, but hey…the records don’t lie. Tomorrow will be another very pleasant day with partly sunny skies, but highs will get a lot closer to 60 degrees, with some locations breaking the mark, so it will be a great day to get some outdoor activities going.

Clouds increase Saturday night as a very weak and harmless front pushes through the area. When some of you wake up Sunday morning you may be running down to your garages and grabbing your pitchforks because you will likely see low clouds/drizzle at first. But fear not! The sun shall break through the clouds of gloominess and offer you not only sunshine but highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Want seconds? Sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid 70s return for Monday. Enjoy that because the clouds, though not in a great herd, will increase Tuesday with rain moving in on Wednesday.

Showers and sunbreaks rule the pattern from Thursday onward.

I guess the models weren’t too far off with their estimation of “meh” days mixed in with a few “ahhh” days 🙂

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

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8 thoughts on “March 2009 Tenth Warmest on Record for Global Temperatures??!!

  1. OK here we go again with the global warming stuff. OK if the earth is getting hotter shouldn’t this be the number ONE hottest March recorded?

    Also, if the earth is getting warmer, then according to the rain cycle shouldn’t we have more evaporation and thus precipitation throughout the world?

    1. Good questions. To clarify, this post wasn’t meant to support global warming, rather I was surprised to learn that after such a historically cold March in the Northwest other locations across the globe were warmer and drier.

      I don’t know how to answer your questions other than say: something crazy is going on with this world’s weather!!

    1. Actually I looked for what seemed like forever to find the top 9 warmest years but couldn’t find the list. I did provide a link, however, to the article I am referring to in my blog post so if you happen to find it by all means let me know!

      I did find, however, that the warmest March ever on record (globally) was 2002 with a global average temperature of 1.35F.

      Also, I find this rather interesting and may add this to my blog post: Arctic sea ice was 3.7% below normal with Antarctic sea ice 15.8% above normal. So we can come to the conclusion March 2009 wasn’t necessarily a warm month for everyone…

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