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Report: Can't Blame El Nino as Global Temps Spike in March

Report: Can't Blame El Nino as Global Temps Spike in March

SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
April 19, 2017 06:16 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - In what scientists call a clear sign of a warming world, Earth's temperatures in March were the most above-normal on record without an El Nino spiking temperatures.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that the average global temperature in March was 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit (13.8 Celsius), only behind last year's El Nino-goosed record.

It's the first time the Earth was more than 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than normal without an El Nino.

El Nino is a natural warming of the Pacific that alters weather worldwide. Both 2015 and 2016 set repeated warmth records during an El Nino. Earth is in a neutral condition in the Pacific.

NOAA climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo says March's heat is purely man-made global warming.

Records go back to 1880.


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SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

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