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.

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 December 16, 2017 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201508.