reports March 2012 is officially the warmest March on record for dozens of cities across more than 25 states and Washington, D.C.

Few will argue that March 2012 felt more like late spring or summer across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., and now meteorologists can also officially deem the month as historic.

Never before in dozens of cities where long-standing records are kept have March temperatures averaged as warm as they did this past month.

Those cities span at least 26 states from the central High Plains to the East Coast and include Washington, D.C.

For Indianapolis, March 2012 marks the first time that a monthly average temperature record has been set since August 1936. The last time such a record was tied occurred 66 years ago in March 1946.

The magnitude of the warmth can be put into another perspective by comparing March 2012 with other months.

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