Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the lower 48 states, a record dating to 1895, NOAA said.
The average temperature of 51.1 degrees was 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March and .5 degrees warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910.
Isn’t that convenient.
NOAA adds a little more than 0.5 degrees on to 2012 temperatures, and subtracts a little less than 0.1 degrees from 1910 temperatures. By doing this, they were able to make a press release saying that 2012 was warmer than 1910.
Chances are that the raw thermometer data was warmer in 1910. But we will never know, because they only release numbers which have been tampered with.