DAYTON, Ohio – (WDTN) – Global average temperatures for the entire month of March are 1.91 degrees above the 20th century average.
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Section, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information said 2019 was the 2nd warmest March on record after 2006 during the monthly climate report conference call Thursday morning.
Many countries saw record breaking temperatures, but the Majority of the United States was slightly below average for the month. Dayton was 2.3 degrees below the average temperature.
The weather pattern is being impacted by El Nino. Dan Collins, Ph.D. Meteorologist & Seasonal Forecaster at NOAA Climate Prediction Center, said warmer than average sea surface temperatures near the Equator in the Pacific Ocean leads to a more active weather pattern across the United States.
In the month of March, this weather pattern resulted in record flooding across the plains and parts of the Midwest.
Martha Shulski, Ph.D. Director of Nebraska State Climate Office said the flooding impacted 5 million people and will cost at least $1 billion dollars.
Collins said El Nino has a 50% chance of continuing into next winter.
This means much of the United States will continue to be at a flooding risk.
In the latest Climate Prediction Outlook for May, June, and July. Ohio is expected to slightly above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for the combined months.