Regional Analysis - February 2017


Continental Temperature Anomalies

February 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +3.02 +5.44 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 1998 +3.51 +6.32
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1936 -5.33 -9.59
South America +1.25 +2.25 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2010 +1.46 +2.63
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1918 -0.93 -1.67
Europe +1.75 +3.15 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 17ᵗʰ 1990 +3.91 +7.04
Coolest 91ˢᵗ 1929 -5.26 -9.47
Ties: 1997
Africa +0.97 +1.75 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 10ᵗʰ 2010 +1.93 +3.47
Coolest 99ᵗʰ 1949 -0.84 -1.51
Asia +2.39 +4.30 +0.19 +0.35 Warmest 8ᵗʰ 2002 +3.80 +6.84
Coolest 101ˢᵗ 1969 -3.99 -7.18
Oceania +0.56 +1.01 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 25ᵗʰ 1983 +1.92 +3.46
Coolest 83ʳᵈ 1917 -2.19 -3.94
Ties: 1986
January - February 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +3.03 +5.45 +0.19 +0.33 Warmest 2ⁿᵈ 2016 +3.11 +5.60
Coolest 107ᵗʰ 1936 -3.54 -6.37
South America +1.25 +2.25 +0.15 +0.28 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2016 +1.45 +2.61
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1922, 1911 -0.84 -1.51
Europe +0.84 +1.51 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 31ˢᵗ 1990 +2.56 +4.61
Coolest 77ᵗʰ 1929 -3.72 -6.70
Ties: 1993
Africa +0.82 +1.48 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 9ᵗʰ 2010 +1.69 +3.04
Coolest 100ᵗʰ 1934 -0.77 -1.39
Asia +2.17 +3.91 +0.17 +0.30 Warmest 5ᵗʰ 2002 +3.41 +6.14
Coolest 104ᵗʰ 1969 -3.74 -6.73
Oceania +0.65 +1.17 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 17ᵗʰ 2013 +1.20 +2.16
Coolest 92ⁿᵈ 1917 -1.53 -2.75
December 2016 - February 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +2.18 +3.92 +0.17 +0.30 Warmest 8ᵗʰ 2016 +3.11 +5.60
Coolest 101ˢᵗ 1918 -2.54 -4.57
South America +1.21 +2.18 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 2ⁿᵈ 2016 +1.43 +2.57
Coolest 107ᵗʰ 1923 -0.85 -1.53
Europe +0.85 +1.53 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 26ᵗʰ 2007 +2.33 +4.19
Coolest 83ʳᵈ 1942 -2.92 -5.26
Africa +0.99 +1.78 +0.08 +0.14 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2010 +1.55 +2.79
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1989, 1934 -0.67 -1.21
Asia +2.01 +3.62 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 7ᵗʰ 2015 +2.39 +4.30
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1969 -2.89 -5.20
Oceania +0.68 +1.22 +0.09 +0.16 Warmest 15ᵗʰ 2013 +1.14 +2.05
Coolest 93ʳᵈ 1917 -1.32 -2.38
Ties: 2014

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 February 2017, published online March 2017, retrieved on November 19, 2017 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201702.