Tuesday, December 18, 2018

GISS November global down 0.21°C from October.

The GISS land/ocean temperature anomaly fell 0.21°C last month. The November anomaly average was 0.77°C, down from October 0.98°C. A big fall, exceeding the TempLS fall of 0.163°C. Both indices reversed a very similar rise in October. Jim Hansen's report is here.

The overall pattern was similar to that in TempLS. Cold in Canada and US, except W Coast. Warm in E Siberia and Alaska, and most of Arctic except near Canada. Quite warm in Europe and Africa. A warm band in the equatorial Pacific.

As usual here, I will compare the GISS and previous TempLS plots below the jump.

Here is GISS

And here is the TempLS spherical harmonics plot

This post is part of a series that has now run for six years. The GISS data completes the month cycle, and is compared with the TempLS result and map. GISS lists its reports here, and I post the monthly averages here.
The TempLS mesh data is reported here, and the recent history of monthly readings is here. Unadjusted GHCN is normally used, but if you click the TempLS button there, it will show data with adjusted, and also with different integration methods. There is an interactive graph using 1981-2010 base period here which you can use to show different periods, or compare with other indices. There is a general guide to TempLS here.

The reporting cycle starts with a report of the daily reanalysis index on about the 4th of the month. The next post is this, the TempLS report, usually about the 8th. Then when the GISS result comes out, usually about the 15th, I discuss it and compare with TempLS. The TempLS graph uses a spherical harmonics to the TempLS mesh residuals; the residuals are displayed more directly using a triangular grid in a better resolved WebGL plot here.

A list of earlier monthly reports of each series in date order is here:
  1. NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis report
  2. TempLS report
  3. GISS report and comparison with TempLS


  1. Nick, I've posted two updates in the Prospects for 2018. With the usual result. Maybe you can approve them? Thanks.