FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — March 2020 was the second-warmest March on record for the world.
That’s according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI.
From January to March, the first quarter of the year, the globe also ranked as the second warmest.
This information dates back 141 years to 1880 when global records first began.
March 2016 was warmer and according to NCEI, 10 of the warmest Marches have all happened since 1990.
March 2020 is the 44th consecutive March and the 423rd consecutive month where temperatures have been warmer than average.
According to the report, March 2020 had 8.17% of the world’s land and ocean surfaces having a record high March temperature; with a global temperature of 2.09°F above the 20th century average of 54.9°F.
This tied with February 2020 and December 2015 as the third highest monthly temperature departure from average in the 1,683-month record.
Areas that were warmer include much of Asia, the eastern part of the United States and South America.
South America had its warmest March on record and the Caribbean region had its second warmest march on record.
Some ocean temperatures were also warmer.
According to NOAA, cooler temperature departures occurred across Canada, Alaska, northern India and parts of the Antarctic and North Atlantic Ocean.
It was the 10th-warmest March on record for the United States with Florida having its warmest March.
No state had a record cold March.
Locally, March 2020 ranked as the 29th warmest for Fort Wayne.
It saw 17 days of above average temperatures.