The extent of the record breaking was truly astonishing. Among the highlights:
- 25 states had their warmest March on record
- 15 other states had top-10 warmest Marches
- The only state with below-average temeperatures was Washington.
- Every state had a record daily warm temperature
- Hundreds of all-time March temperature records were set
- 21 low temperatures were equal to or higher than the previous daily high temperature record
For the 6-month cold season (October-March), it was the second warmest on record (3.8° above average) for the contiguous U.S., behind 1999-2000. There were 21 states across most of the Northeast and Midwest with record warm cold seasons.
After the warmest March in both the Northeast and Midwest it was to be expected that the extreme heat of March 2012 exceeded even the previous record March of 1910 in the contiguous U.S. From Stu Ostro of The Weather Channel:
NOAA (who'll post full analysis at 11a ET): Record warmest March (warmer than 1910), & Jan-Mar, &12-mo Apr-Mar period in 48 contig. #weather— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) April 9, 2012
Details to be posted as they are available.