Rapid Warming Period May Be Underway as Earth Sets Another Record

March was the warmest such month on record for the globe as a whole, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which is one of the centers that keeps tabs on global climate data. The JMA found that global average surface temperatures were 0.56 degrees Fahrenheit (0.31 degrees Celsius) above the 1981 to 2010 average during the month, which beat 2010 to take the top spot.
But NASA, which is another climate-tracking institution, ranks March a bit lower in its dataset, though the differences in actual numbers are minor. The space agency, for example, found that March was the second-warmest such month on record since 1880, coming in just behind 2002.