Click through the images below to see temperature, precipitation, wind,
and cloudiness anomalies through 2018. Some highlights for each month are given below.
December's anomalies looked a look like 2018 as a whole ... widespread warmer
than normal conditions, especially near the poles, dry weather in Australia,
and more sunshine than average in a few lucky spots
Overall 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record. Although temperatures retreated
from the record high levels associated with the El Nino conditions earlier in the 2010's,
they continued to strongly exhibit the patterns associated with observed long-term
A more detailed month-by-month summary is available from the United States National Centers for
Interested in the raw data? See the section below for information on how
to build your own maps, or have a look at the data tables on this site.