Climate Change Anomalies

Matt Kuenzel
Oct 25, 2021


Heat waves and maximum yearly temperatures in the U.S. have decreased over the last 100 years.

SOURCE: Climate Science Special Report, Fourth National Climate Assessment | Volume I, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2017

page 190

… the warmest daily temperature of the year increased in some parts of the West over the past century (Figure 6.3), but there were decreases in almost all locations east of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, all eastern regions experienced a net decrease (Table 6.2), most notably the Midwest (about 2.2°F [1.2°C]) and the Southeast (roughly 1.5°F [0.8°C]).

Antarctic sea ice underwent a slight increase over the last 40 years.

SOURCE: National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

By contrast, the Antarctic ice extent is dominated by a lot of variation with a positive trend of 0.17 standard deviations per decade.