Climate change visualization for anywhere on the planet

Here’s a direct link to the visualization website:

And bere’s an article explaining the process:

This Striking Climate Change Visualization Is Now Customizable for Any Place on Earth

The world. It’s getting hot.
Image: #ShowYourStripes

When University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins released his warming stripes visualization for the globe last year, people freaked (in a good way). The minimalist graphic stripped out unnecessary clutter and told the story of global warming in blue and red stripes.

On Monday, Hawkins released a new website that allows users to create warming stripes for nearly every country, and even some cities and U.S. states. The data visualizations reveal a stark warming trend nearly everywhere, presenting an opportunity to shame your climate denying uncle who thinks a cold day disproves the climate crisis is afoot.

The warming stripes graphic takes the yearly average temperature departure from normal and visualizes it in a stark color scale running from blue for cooler-than-normal to red for hotter-than-normal. The resulting visualization shows the global warming signal clear as day. Following in the vein of an earlier visualization where Hawkins depicted rising temperatures as a color-changing spiral, it went viral. It also inspired a campaign by TV meteorologists to talk about climate change on the air.

But it also showed the global average temperature, which nobody experiences. The new iteration of warming stripes, however, helps bring things a little closer to home. Using data from Berkeley Earth as well as national meteorological agencies, the new stripes show how much individual countries have warmed. Some individuals countries like the tiny, scattered Cook Islands aren’t included, but most nations on Earth are there.

The resulting graphics illustrate that while there are fluctuations from place-to-place based on how much they’re influenced by natural climate patterns like, say, El Niño, climate change is slowly overwhelming those signals as it warms the planet. Here’s the annual average temperature departure from 1901-2018 for Australia, Barbados, and Turkmenistan, all of which showcase the planet’s increasingly hot and agitated state:


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