Regional Analysis - August 2015


Continental Temperature Anomalies

August 2015
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2015) Rank
(out of 104 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.66 +1.19 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 16th 2011 +1.35 +2.43
Coolest 91st 1912 -1.02 -1.84
South America +1.93 +3.47 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 1st 2015 +1.93 +3.47
Coolest 106th 1911 -1.02 -1.84
Europe +2.25 +4.05 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 1st 2015 +2.25 +4.05
Coolest 106th 1912 -1.40 -2.52
Africa +1.36 +2.45 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 1st 2015 +1.36 +2.45
Coolest 106th 1932 -0.66 -1.19
Asia +0.84 +1.51 +0.07 +0.12 Warmest 6th 2007 +1.24 +2.23
Coolest 100th 1912 -1.19 -2.14
Ties: 2000
Oceania +0.68 +1.22 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 23rd 2009 +2.24 +4.03
Coolest 84th 1956 -1.19 -2.14
January - August 2015
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2015) Rank
(out of 104 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.94 +1.69 +0.12 +0.22 Warmest 11th 2012 +1.93 +3.47
Coolest 96th 1917 -1.27 -2.29
South America +1.28 +2.30 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 1st 2015 +1.28 +2.30
Coolest 106th 1911 -0.79 -1.42
Europe +1.58 +2.84 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 4th 2014 +1.79 +3.22
Coolest 103rd 1929 -1.50 -2.70
Africa +0.98 +1.76 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 3rd 2010 +1.36 +2.45
Coolest 104th 1976, 1911 -0.48 -0.86
Asia +1.72 +3.10 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 1st 2015, 2002 +1.72 +3.10
Coolest 105th 1969 -1.28 -2.30
Ties: 2002
Oceania +0.65 +1.17 +0.10 +0.19 Warmest 15th 2013 +1.23 +2.21
Coolest 91st 1917 -1.00 -1.80
Ties: 1993
June - August 2015
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2015) Rank
(out of 104 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.79 +1.42 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 10th 2012 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 97th 1912 -0.91 -1.64
South America +1.61 +2.90 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 1st 2015 +1.61 +2.90
Coolest 106th 1916 -0.92 -1.66
Europe +1.57 +2.83 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 3rd 2003 +1.91 +3.44
Coolest 104th 1923 -0.99 -1.78
Africa +1.16 +2.09 +0.10 +0.19 Warmest 1st 2015 +1.16 +2.09
Coolest 106th 1954 -0.58 -1.04
Asia +0.92 +1.66 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 5th 2010 +1.21 +2.18
Coolest 102nd 1912 -0.59 -1.06
Oceania +0.80 +1.44 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 9th 2009 +1.41 +2.54
Coolest 96th 1943 -0.89 -1.60
Ties: 2003, 1995

Background Information

The July 2015 Global State of the Climate report introduces the regional analysis report, which focuses on the analysis of temperature anomalies for six continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

The regional values, similar to the global values, are derived from the NOAAGlobalTemp data set. The continental polygons are composed of the 5° x 5° grid points with center points in the respective continents. Then, in a similar way to the global analysis, the grid points are weighted by their area and averaged to compute a continental temperature anomaly time series. The anomalies are computed back to 1910, the approximate date by which all continents have station coverage sufficient to resolve values at the regional scale.

This regional analysis complements the global analysis by allowing us to understand and describe the state of an important climate indicator across a continent. It also helps to place the current continental temperature anomalies into historical perspective, displaying how the most current month, season, or year compares to the past.

Please note that all continental anomalies are with respect to the 1910—2000 average.

Region Definitions

Regions 1 Regions 1

References


Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Regional Analysis for August 2015, published online September 2015, retrieved on May 20, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201508.