USA records warmest March in history

Published: Tuesday, April 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this March 20, 2012 photo, skiers ride a lift over thinly-covered slopes at the Sugarbush Resort in Fayston, Vt. Northern New England is experiencing some summerlike weather. Forecasters say the temperature should go past 70 degrees on Wednesday in Portland, Maine, smashing the old record by 10 degrees or more. And it'll be even warmer Thursday, moving toward the 80-degree mark.

Toby Talbot, Associated Press

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Our take: With warmer temperatures earlier, Utah might be experiencing a warmer summer this year.

More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken in all.

The average temperature of 51.1 degrees F was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March, scientists reported.

Every state in the nation experienced a record warm daily temperature during March, and 25 states east of the Rockies had their warmest March on record.

Several large cities including Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington had their warmest March since records started being kept, according to the National Weather Service.

Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records.

Read more on the warmest March in history on USA Today.

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