Temperatures for the year:
Purple: below normal
Red: above normal – high about 4-5 degrees
Celsius for the year
We consider 1-2 degrees over the course of the
year to be significant.
A lot of the anomalies are over North America.
There are more increases in temperature than
decrease (more green-red than blue-purple).
US national ranking: January-November 2012 was warmest year on record in the
US regional ranking: 60% of the country experienced warmest temperature on
record. About 85% of the country was very warm. Idaho, Washington, British
Columbia and other regions were not impacted as much.
Temperature in winter:
In Africa, temperatures were well below
normal. Most of this anomaly came from a 3-
week period, where it was so cold that the
signal of this cold period is still seen when
averaged out over a 3-month period.
In Canada, winter was non-existent (warm
temperatures, not much snow fall)
People played golf in Winnipeg because the
heat was over an extended period of time
Temperature in spring:
Cold areas disappear
Part of heat wave in March
Summer in March (2012): 8-15 March 2012
had temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius
above normal. Summer in March (2012):
- Western Head, Nova Scotia (22 March): 29.2°C
- 3rd warmest temperature ever recorded in Canada in March
- Top 2
31.1°C at Alberini Beaver Creek, BC (29 March 1926)
29.4°C on 21 March 1921 at Wallaceburg, ON
- Shattered Records (Ontario)
Toronto 26.0˚C (22 March): 18.3˚C, 1976
Windsor 28.4˚C (21 March): 19.4˚C, 1976
Ottawa 27.4˚C (21 March): 14.6˚C, 19