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March 2012: Warmest On Record In D.C.

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D.C.'s cherry blossoms bloomed early than originally anticipated in March 2012.
D.C.'s cherry blossoms bloomed early than originally anticipated in March 2012.

WASHINGTON -- Like other parts of the country, the nation's capital recorded its warmest March on record, with temperatures at Reagan National Airport beating a record set in 1945.

The above-normal warmth experienced last month made predicting peak bloom for the area's cherry blossom trees somewhat difficult. Peak bloom came earlier than originally anticipated.

The record warmth, according to USA Today, has been mind boggling to weather watchers:

Meteorologists used the terms "staggering," "astonishing" and "incredible" to describe the heat across the eastern two-thirds of the nation that set thousands of temperature records for March in cities and towns from the Dakotas to Maine to Florida.

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