March was an example of what some people call "weather weirding"–searing hot weather one week, then cold weather the next. This was a predicted result of climate change.
In the March 29th edition of the New York Times, Justin Gillis and Joanna M. Foster write: "Lurching from one weather extreme to another seems to have become routine across the Northern Hemisphere. Parts of the United States may be shivering now, but Scotland is setting heat records. Across Europe, people died by the hundreds during a severe cold wave in the first half of February, but a week later revelers in Paris were strolling down the Champs-Élysées in their shirt-sleeves."
Gillis and Foster quote climate researcher Jennifer A. Francis as saying, "The question really is not whether the loss of the sea ice can be affecting the atmospheric circulation on a large scale. The question is, how can it not be, and what are the mechanisms?" As the planet warms, more energy and water vapor are entering the atmosphere, causing weather systems to act in erratic ways.
February was the 324th consecutive month in which global temperatures exceeded their long-term average for a given month–the last month with below-average temperatures was February 1985. Many more record highs are being set than record lows, indications that our climate is basically warming up.
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