Regional Analysis - May 2017


Continental Temperature Anomalies

May 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.82 +1.48 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 15ᵗʰ 1998 +1.97 +3.55
Coolest 94ᵗʰ 1917 -2.09 -3.76
South America +1.12 +2.02 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2015 +1.37 +2.47
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1917 -1.20 -2.16
Europe +0.94 +1.69 +0.11 +0.21 Warmest 16ᵗʰ 2003 +1.84 +3.31
Coolest 92ⁿᵈ 1941 -1.75 -3.15
Ties: 2014
Africa +1.51 +2.72 +0.12 +0.22 Warmest 1ˢᵗ 2017 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 108ᵗʰ 1963 -0.81 -1.46
Asia +1.15 +2.07 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 9ᵗʰ 2012 +1.76 +3.17
Coolest 100ᵗʰ 1960 -1.01 -1.82
Oceania +0.85 +1.53 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 20ᵗʰ 2016 +2.02 +3.64
Coolest 89ᵗʰ 1913 -1.99 -3.58
January - May 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.80 +3.24 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 7ᵗʰ 2016 +2.40 +4.32
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1917 -1.68 -3.02
South America +1.10 +1.98 +0.16 +0.28 Warmest 5ᵗʰ 2016 +1.33 +2.39
Coolest 104ᵗʰ 1917 -0.86 -1.55
Europe +1.19 +2.14 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 12ᵗʰ 2014 +2.16 +3.89
Coolest 97ᵗʰ 1929 -2.20 -3.96
Africa +1.05 +1.89 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2010 +1.62 +2.92
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1976 -0.56 -1.01
Asia +2.05 +3.69 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 5ᵗʰ 2002 +2.34 +4.21
Coolest 104ᵗʰ 1969 -1.86 -3.35
Oceania +0.85 +1.53 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 8ᵗʰ 2016 +1.61 +2.90
Coolest 100ᵗʰ 1917 -1.48 -2.66
Ties: 1988
March - May 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 107 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.97 +1.75 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 16ᵗʰ 2012 +2.01 +3.62
Coolest 93ʳᵈ 1917 -1.48 -2.66
South America +0.96 +1.73 +0.15 +0.28 Warmest 7ᵗʰ 2015 +1.23 +2.21
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1917 -0.94 -1.69
Europe +1.43 +2.57 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 7ᵗʰ 2014 +2.03 +3.65
Coolest 101ˢᵗ 1987 -1.41 -2.54
Ties: 2011
Africa +1.27 +2.29 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 3ʳᵈ 2010 +1.57 +2.83
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1976 -0.56 -1.01
Asia +2.00 +3.60 +0.19 +0.33 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2016 +2.29 +4.12
Coolest 105ᵗʰ 1960 -1.04 -1.87
Oceania +0.94 +1.69 +0.12 +0.22 Warmest 12ᵗʰ 2016 +1.96 +3.53
Coolest 96ᵗʰ 1917 -1.40 -2.52
Ties: 1980

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 May 2017, published online June 2017, retrieved on June 24, 2017 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201705.