Regional Analysis - March 2017


Continental Temperature Anomalies

March 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.88 +1.58 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 30ᵗʰ 2016 +3.07 +5.53
Coolest 79ᵗʰ 1923 -2.75 -4.95
South America +0.89 +1.60 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 12ᵗʰ 2010 +1.60 +2.88
Coolest 97ᵗʰ 1910 -1.07 -1.93
Europe +2.77 +4.99 +0.14 +0.26 Warmest 2ⁿᵈ 2014 +3.05 +5.49
Coolest 107ᵗʰ 1987 -2.96 -5.33
Africa +1.20 +2.16 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 7ᵗʰ 2010 +1.66 +2.99
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1939 -0.72 -1.30
Asia +3.06 +5.51 +0.25 +0.45 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2008 +4.21 +7.58
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1911 -1.77 -3.19
Oceania +1.81 +3.26 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 2ⁿᵈ 2016 +1.82 +3.28
Coolest 107ᵗʰ 1918 -1.39 -2.50
January - March 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +2.32 +4.18 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 5ᵗʰ 2016 +3.14 +5.65
Coolest 104ᵗʰ 1936 -2.18 -3.92
South America +1.08 +1.94 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2010 +1.43 +2.57
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1910 -0.81 -1.46
Ties: 1998
Europe +1.48 +2.66 +0.14 +0.24 Warmest 14ᵗʰ 1990 +2.60 +4.68
Coolest 95ᵗʰ 1942 -3.12 -5.62
Africa +0.91 +1.64 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2010 +1.67 +3.01
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1934 -0.73 -1.31
Asia +2.45 +4.41 +0.20 +0.35 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2002 +3.39 +6.10
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1969 -2.69 -4.84
Oceania +1.17 +2.11 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2016 +1.28 +2.30
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1917 -1.42 -2.56

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 March 2017, published online April 2017, retrieved on June 25, 2017 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201703.