Regional Analysis - February 2018


Continental Temperature Anomalies

February 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America -0.03 -0.05 +0.17 +0.31 Warmest 59ᵗʰ 1998 +3.51 +6.32
Coolest 51ˢᵗ 1936 -5.32 -9.58
South America +0.84 +1.51 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 13ᵗʰ 2016 +1.55 +2.79
Coolest 97ᵗʰ 1918 -0.83 -1.49
Europe +0.11 +0.20 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 63ʳᵈ 1990 +3.92 +7.06
Coolest 47ᵗʰ 1929 -5.25 -9.45
Africa +0.99 +1.78 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 10ᵗʰ 2010 +1.93 +3.47
Coolest 100ᵗʰ 1949 -0.83 -1.49
Asia +1.34 +2.41 +0.19 +0.34 Warmest 26ᵗʰ 2002 +3.80 +6.84
Coolest 84ᵗʰ 1969 -4.02 -7.24
Oceania +1.32 +2.38 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 1983 +1.95 +3.51
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1917 -2.19 -3.94
January - February 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.77 +1.39 +0.18 +0.33 Warmest 36ᵗʰ 2016 +3.19 +5.74
Coolest 74ᵗʰ 1936 -3.54 -6.37
South America +0.79 +1.42 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 14ᵗʰ 2016 +1.55 +2.79
Coolest 96ᵗʰ 1911 -0.73 -1.31
Europe +1.37 +2.47 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 18ᵗʰ 1990 +2.56 +4.61
Coolest 92ⁿᵈ 1929 -3.71 -6.68
Africa +0.80 +1.44 +0.09 +0.15 Warmest 8ᵗʰ 2010 +1.68 +3.02
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1934 -0.76 -1.37
Asia +1.16 +2.09 +0.17 +0.30 Warmest 20ᵗʰ 2002 +3.41 +6.14
Coolest 90ᵗʰ 1969 -3.76 -6.77
Oceania +1.51 +2.72 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 1ˢᵗ 2018 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 109ᵗʰ 1917 -1.53 -2.75
December 2017 - February 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.14 +2.05 +0.17 +0.30 Warmest 25ᵗʰ 2016 +3.16 +5.69
Coolest 84ᵗʰ 1918 -2.53 -4.55
Ties: 1941
South America +0.87 +1.57 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 11ᵗʰ 2016 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 99ᵗʰ 1923 -0.71 -1.28
Europe +1.52 +2.74 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 11ᵗʰ 2007 +2.32 +4.18
Coolest 98ᵗʰ 1942 -2.91 -5.24
Ties: 1989
Africa +0.77 +1.39 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 12ᵗʰ 2010 +1.55 +2.79
Coolest 98ᵗʰ 1989, 1934 -0.65 -1.17
Asia +1.45 +2.61 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 12ᵗʰ 2015 +2.38 +4.28
Coolest 98ᵗʰ 1969 -2.91 -5.24
Oceania +1.47 +2.65 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 1ˢᵗ 2018 +1.47 +2.65
Coolest 109ᵗʰ 1917 -1.32 -2.38

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 2018, published online March 2018, retrieved on September 24, 2018 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201802.