It has been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren’t just broken, they were deep-fried.
The magnitude of how unusual the year has been in the U.S. has alarmed some meteorologists who have warned about global warming
According to calculations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, temperatures were 8.6 degrees above normal for March in the lower 48 states and 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months of the year.
That far exceeds the old records.
Meteorologists say an unusual confluence of several weather patterns, including La Nina, was the direct cause of the warm start to 2012.
While individual events can not be blamed on global warming, a researcher said this is like the extremes that are supposed to get more frequent because of manmade climate change from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil.