It is very cold today in Washington, DC, and throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. But that doesn’t mean the entire planet is in deep freeze. Courtesy of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration we can look at a convenient map showing the “surface temperature anomaly” all across the world for different periods of time.
Here are the results the past eight days, showing current temperatures compared to the average for the same days from 2001-2010:
Red means it’s hotter than usual while blue means it’s colder than unusual. The Rocky Mountains and the US Southwest are actually enjoying an unusual warm spell, as are large swathes of Siberia. So while the eastern seaboard freezes, smug Russians are enjoying a relatively warm climate.