Global Temperature Anomalies from January 2016

  • Released Friday, March 25, 2016
  • Updated Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:57PM
  • ID: 4438

This visualization shows the anomalously warm month of January 2016. Reds show areas that are warmer than normal and blue shows regions that are colder than normal.

Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region on Earth experienced record average temperatures last year. This data visualization of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Global temperature anomalies for January of 2016 show warmer than averag temperatures in red and colder than average temperatures in blue. The extremely warm arctic temperatures contributed to a new record low sea ice for January.

For more information on the GISTEMP, see the GISTEMP analysis website located at:

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GISS Temperature Anomaly colorbar

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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Data provided by Robert B. Schmunk (NASA/GSFC GISS)


This visualization can be found in the following series:

Datasets used in this visualization

GISTEMP (Collected with the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) sensor)

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