Temperatures during the week ending March 22 were 14.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 8.9 degrees warmer than the same period last year. The average temperature nationwide during this period was the warmest in March in the last 5 years according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. During the week all regions with the exception of the Pacific Region in the West were warmer than normal. The East North Central and the West North Central Regions in the Midwest were particularly warm, averaging 26.9 and 22.6 degrees warmer than normal, respectively. The average temperature in the Pacific Region in the West was cool, averaging 3.4 degrees cooler than normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were down 64.5 percent from normal and 53.3 percent from last year.
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