Distribution of global temperatures

Here is what you should have noticed:

  • latitudinal change
  • N.H. - difference between land and ocean
  • U.S. west coast (upwelling and cold current) v.s. U.S. east coast (gulf stream)
  • influence of gulf stream in north Atlantic
  • highest temps are in the subtropical N.H. desert regions
  • west coast of S. America is cool while the east coast is warm, due to the ocean currents
  • much less variability in the zonal direction in the S. H.
  • coldest mean temps are over Antarctica, yet the figure to the right suggests it is over the arctic.....?