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.

Region Definitions

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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 July 22, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201702.