The Year Without a Winter
March was quite the record breaker. As this video points out, more than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken or nearly broken, with most taking place in the eastern two-thirds of the country, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year's March was the warmest since people kept track of these things back in 1895.
This past January through March in particular was so warm that people are calling 2012 "the year without a winter." Read more at the Washington Post:
* 25 states east of the Rockies had their warmest March on record. An additional 15 states had monthly temperatures ranking among their ten warmest.
* There were 21 instances of low (nighttime) temperatures being as warm, or warmer, than the existing record daytime temperature for a given date. (list)
* Four locations established a new daily record high by 30 or more degrees (list)
* There were 15,292 warm temperature records broken (compared to just 890 records lows).
* Hundreds of locations broke all-time March records.