Regional Analysis - April 2017

Continental Temperature Anomalies

April 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.22 +2.20 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 10th 2010 +2.65 +4.77
Coolest 97th 1920 -2.46 -4.43
Ties: 1977, 1941
South America +0.92 +1.66 +0.16 +0.28 Warmest 11th 2009 +1.42 +2.56
Coolest 97th 1914 -0.85 -1.53
Ties: 2011
Europe +0.58 +1.04 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 36th 2011 +2.11 +3.80
Coolest 73rd 1929 -2.47 -4.45
Africa +1.23 +2.21 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.63 +2.93
Coolest 105th 1965 -0.77 -1.39
Asia +1.90 +3.42 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 8th 2016 +2.41 +4.34
Coolest 101st 1934 -1.42 -2.56
Oceania +0.37 +0.67 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 40th 2005 +2.54 +4.57
Coolest 68th 1924 -1.57 -2.83
Ties: 1964
January - April 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +2.05 +3.69 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 7th 2016 +2.66 +4.79
Coolest 102nd 1936 -1.88 -3.38
South America +1.11 +2.00 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.42 +2.56
Coolest 105th 1917, 1910 -0.81 -1.46
Europe +1.27 +2.29 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 14th 2014 +2.47 +4.45
Coolest 94th 1929 -2.88 -5.18
Ties: 1975
Africa +0.95 +1.71 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 6th 2010 +1.66 +2.99
Coolest 103rd 1911 -0.59 -1.06
Asia +2.28 +4.10 +0.19 +0.34 Warmest 4th 2002 +2.71 +4.88
Coolest 105th 1969 -2.12 -3.82
Oceania +0.80 +1.44 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 9th 2016 +1.47 +2.65
Coolest 100th 1917 -1.38 -2.48

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 April 2017, published online May 2017, retrieved on July 16, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201704.