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March 2010 is warmest on record, NOAA reports

April 15, 2010 | 12:44 pm

Igloo

Climate science doubter Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), whose family built an igloo in the capital to mock global warming, might want to check in with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That federal agency reported that average land and sea surface temperatures made March the warmest on record and helped push the January-March period to the fourth warmest on record. (The data go back to 1880.)

A cold snap propelled by the Arctic oscillation that included ample snowfall struck the East Coast and areas of northern Europe this winter. Skeptics of climate science used the weather to poke fun at Al Gore and scientists who warn that manufactured greenhouse gases are warming the planet, potentially shifting climate patterns worldwide.

-- Geoff Mohan

Photo: The Inhofe family igloo in Washington. Credit: Sen. James M. Inhofe's office

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