Regional Analysis - March 2018


Continental Temperature Anomalies

March 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.39 +2.50 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 19ᵗʰ 2016 +3.05 +5.49
Coolest 91ˢᵗ 1923 -2.75 -4.95
South America +0.79 +1.42 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 16ᵗʰ 2010 +1.57 +2.83
Coolest 94ᵗʰ 1910 -1.00 -1.80
Europe -0.16 -0.29 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 69ᵗʰ 2014 +3.06 +5.51
Coolest 41ˢᵗ 1987 -2.96 -5.33
Africa +1.31 +2.36 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2010 +1.69 +3.04
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1948 -0.77 -1.39
Asia +2.23 +4.01 +0.25 +0.45 Warmest 8ᵗʰ 2008 +4.18 +7.52
Coolest 102ⁿᵈ 1911 -1.77 -3.19
Oceania +1.03 +1.85 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 9ᵗʰ 2016 +1.92 +3.46
Coolest 101ˢᵗ 1918 -1.37 -2.47
January - March 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.95 +1.71 +0.17 +0.31 Warmest 26ᵗʰ 2016 +3.12 +5.62
Coolest 84ᵗʰ 1936 -2.17 -3.91
South America +0.78 +1.40 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 13ᵗʰ 2010 +1.41 +2.54
Coolest 96ᵗʰ 1911 -0.75 -1.35
Ties: 2006
Europe +0.88 +1.58 +0.14 +0.24 Warmest 30ᵗʰ 1990 +2.61 +4.70
Coolest 80ᵗʰ 1942 -3.12 -5.62
Africa +1.03 +1.85 +0.10 +0.17 Warmest 4ᵗʰ 2010 +1.70 +3.06
Coolest 106ᵗʰ 1934 -0.69 -1.24
Asia +1.54 +2.77 +0.19 +0.35 Warmest 9ᵗʰ 2002 +3.37 +6.07
Coolest 101ˢᵗ 1969 -2.70 -4.86
Oceania +1.30 +2.34 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 2ⁿᵈ 2016 +1.37 +2.47
Coolest 108ᵗʰ 1917 -1.40 -2.52

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 2018, published online April 2018, retrieved on April 23, 2018 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global-regions/201803.