Recently released analysis by NOAA scientists at the National Climatic Data Center reveals that the March 2013 global average temperature of 55.94°F (13.28°C) was tied for 10th warmest year on record (dating back to 1880). This image, using data from NCDC’s Global Historical Climatology Network shows areas of warmer (red) and cooler (blue) than normal temperatures. Most areas of the world experienced higher-than-average annual temperatures, including most of Africa and much of Asia. Far northeastern Canada, part of western Greenland, and sections of central Asia observed temperatures that were at least 9°F (5°C) above average. Meanwhile, most of Europe, northern Asia, central and western Canada, the central and eastern United States, and southern South America were notably cooler than average. In addition, the average March sea ice extent was 5.81 million square miles, 170,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average of 5.98 million square miles, resulting in the fifth smallest monthly March extent on record.