Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Seventh Warmest Spring on Record Reported

source: http://www.greendaily.com/2008/06/17/warm-spring-reported-seventh-warmest-on-record/

by Patricia Mayville-Cox

This year's past spring was the seventh warmest on record since 1880, according to the National Climatic Data Center. For analysis purposes, the official spring is March, April and May.

The average land and sea temperature for spring was 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.94 degrees above the mean since record keeping began in 1880. The global land surface temperature was 1.87 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 46.4 degrees and tied with 2000 as the third warmest. The global ocean surface temperature was 0.59 degrees above the 20th century mean of 61.0 and ranked the 10th warmest.

May was the eight warmest May on record. By the end of the month nearly all the snow cover in the Rockies had melted and most lakes in Southern Canada were ice-free.

On the flip side, much of North America saw a colder winter, with more snow than usual.

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