Apr 16, 2016

The new world: March 2016 is the sixth temperature record-breaking month in a row

by
Phil Plait
,
Slate Magazine
Photo: NASA GISS
Photo: NASA GISS

For the sixth month in a row, we’ve had a month that has broken the global high temperature record. And not just broken it, but shattered it, blasting through it like the previous record wasn’t even there.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, March 2016 was the hottest March on record, going back 136 years. It was a staggering 1.28°C above average across the planet.* The previous March record, from 2010, was 0.92° above average. This year took a huge jump over that