(NEWSER) -- If you found yourself thinking last month, "Wow, it's awfully hot for March," you weren't wrong. Temperatures were 8.6 degrees higher than normal last month in the contiguous US, and 6 degrees above average for January, February, and March, the AP reports. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's calculations, that's much higher than past temperature records. Why? Weather patterns including La Nina have come together in unusual ways, meteorologists say, and many are concerned climate change is a factor.
Sure, it's nice to go to the beach in March, but "everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good," says one climate scientist. Among the "weird" stats: