Temperatures during the month of March were near normal across the United States while the western portion of the country had one of the healthiest snow packs in over a decade. The average global land temperature last month was the warmest on record and ocean surface
temperatures were the 13th warmest. Combining the land and the ocean temperatures, the overall global temperature ranked the second warmest for the month of March. Global temperature averages
have been recorded since 1880. Despite above average snow pack levels in the United States, the total Northern Hemisphere snow cover
extent was the fourth lowest on record for March, remaining consistent
conditions of the past two decades, in which warming temperatures have contributed to unusually low snow cover extent.