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(RNN) - The Weather Channel is reporting that March 2012 was the warmest March on record in about 80 U.S. cities.
Meteorologist Chris Dolce gathered the data and plotted record temperatures on a map. Most of the record-setting temperatures were in the central part of the country and in the South.
Dolce wrote that Chicago and Washington would have to go back to 1945 to find such a warm March.
"In Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Louis, William Howard Taft was President of the United States the last time we experienced such a mild March (1910). Since then, 17 other presidents have occupied the Oval Office," Dolce wrote.
New York, Philadelphia and Denver came close to breaking records – but in those cities, March 2012 was only the second-warmest March.
The warm weather has caused plants and trees to bloom, boosting pollen counts and increasing the suffering of allergy sufferers.
It seems the warm weather has carried over into April, with temperatures above average in the middle of the country and in the South.
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