Jan 29 2014
I don’t know about you but I tend to think everyone’s having the same weather I’m having. So everywhere on earth is colder than normal now, right?
Wrong! Much of North America is colder, but most of the world is quite the opposite. Last week NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center published temperature anomalies for 2013 and they’re surprising if you think everyone’s weather is the same as ours.
Above, a snapshot of December 2013 shows red for hotter and blue for colder than normal temperatures, the deeper the color the deeper the variance. The darkest color means a 5+ degree Celsius difference (that’s 9+ degrees Fahrenheit). For visual impact I removed the explanatory text, so be sure to click on the image to see the details!
Notice that except for North America and eastern Turkey, in December 2013 almost everywhere on Earth was hotter than usual, sometimes a lot hotter.
Twelve months ago the story was quite different. In January 2013 we were warmer than normal and Russia was colder. Click here for January 2013’s map.
So if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait. Things will change!
(Global temperature anomalies, December 2013, from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center at Climate.gov. Click on the image to see the original)