The freakish heat in March in the U.S. broke 7,775 records, and it has made climate experts uneasy. The lower 48 states experienced temperatures that were 8.6 degrees higher than usual. Can you believe it?
The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Jerry Meehl said, “Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good. It’s a guilty pleasure. You’re out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it’s not a good thing.”
One thing is certain, the March heat was thrilling for many people who enjoyed the early spring for 2012. Even if it was enjoyable, it does not mean that everything is great. There is concern about global warning, but it is possible that there are other reasons for the unusually warm start to the year. Of course, that does not mean that there are not consequences from global warming.
The interesting thing is that the unusual heat was mostly contained in North America, which points to it being something like La NiÃ±a instead of full on climate change. If it is climate change, then people are obviously going to have to adapt to the heat quickly. The previously 12 months have been the warmest on record, which is astonishing, and a little worrisome for people who are affected by the higher temperatures.
What do you think about the unusual March heat? Did it make you happy or were you worried that this summer will be as hot or hotter than next summer?
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