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Months of Warmer-Than-Normal Temperatures

By Climate Central

Every month, the story writes itself when it comes to the global average temperature: it’s above average. Occasionally — and more frequently in recent years — it’s record-setting.

While any one month might reinforce the reality that the world is warming, it’s the trend that really stands out. As of March, the globe has had 361 consecutive months of above-average temperatures according to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

You’d have to go back to February 1985 to find the last cooler-than-average month. Which means if you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a cooler-than-average month.

“It tells us pretty darn definitively we live in a changed world. We don’t live in a world that may change, we’re in a changed world and it will continue to change,” Deke Arndt, a scientist who runs NCDC’s Climate Monitoring Branch, said.