Coolest March Worldwide In Over A Decade

It was the coolest March across the world in more than a decade.

Satellite data suggests that March, 2011 was the coolest in more than a decade.  The average worldwide temperature in March was .18 degrees below the 30-year average for the month.  It was the coldest March since 1999.  February was also cold with temperatures running .03 degrees below the long-term average.  Satellites began measuring temperature in 1978.  The instruments measure the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about five miles above sea level.  Satellites allow meteorologists to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth. This includes remote desert, ocean and rain forest areas where reliable climate data are not otherwise available.  The cooling was largely driven by La Nina, which is a cooling of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. 

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  • by Tracy Location: Greenville, NC on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    My boss has asked me to find the 8am temperature reading for March 2011 and April 4th-7th for Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Any idea of how I can obtain these past records? I am having a hard time finding this information. Please Help!!
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      by Anonymous on May 1, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to Tracy
      check with the utility company in that area
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