Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C Per Decade

Article ID: 672377

Released: 3-Apr-2017 5:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Alabama Huntsville

  • Credit: UAH

  • Credit: UAH

Global Temperature Report: March 2017

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C per decade

March temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: +0.19 C (about 0.34 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for March.

Northern Hemisphere: +0.30 C (about 0.54 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for March.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.07 C (about 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for March.

Tropics: +0.03 C (about 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for March.

February temperatures (revised):

Global Composite: +0.35 C above 30-year average

Northern Hemisphere: +0.54 C above 30-year average

Southern Hemisphere: +0.15 C above 30-year average

Tropics: +0.05 C above 30-year average

(All temperature anomalies are based on a 30-year average (1981-2010) for the month reported.)

Notes on data released April 3, 2017:

In March the globe saw its coolest average composite temperature (compared to seasonal norms) since July 2015, and its coolest temperatures in the tropics since February 2015, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Temperatures in the tropics are essentially “normal” relative to the 30-year average.

Compared to seasonal norms, the warmest spot on the globe in March was over eastern Russia, near the city of Yakutsk, with an average temperature that was 5.58 C (about 10.04 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than seasonal norms.

Compared to seasonal norms, the coolest average temperature on Earth in March was over eastern Alaska near Dot Lake Village. March temperatures there averaged 4.08 C (about 7.34 degrees F) cooler than seasonal norms.

The complete version 6 lower troposphere dataset is available here: color maps of local temperature anomalies are available on-line at:

As part of an ongoing joint project between UAH, NOAA and NASA, Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer, an ESSC principal scientist, use data gathered by advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth. This includes remote desert, ocean and rain forest areas where reliable climate data are not otherwise available.

The satellite-based instruments measure the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about eight kilometers above sea level. Once the monthly temperature data are collected and processed, they are placed in a "public" computer file for immediate access by atmospheric scientists in the U.S. and abroad.

Neither Christy nor Spencer receives any research support or funding from oil, coal or industrial companies or organizations, or from any private or special interest groups. All of their climate research funding comes from federal and state grants or contracts.


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