The “Climate at a Glance - Time Series” website is a tool developed by the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for users to examine how temperatures have changed over time across the United States and globally. The tool provides several options for graphical displays of temperatures ranging from world-wide to the continental United States to individual states. Data can be displayed per decade or per century. Different time spans can be selected, for example, the viewer can choose a display of all Januaries from 1895 – 2018 for the contiguous US or annual land and ocean temperatures from 1880 to 2017 for the entire Earth. The data can also be downloaded as an XML, Excel, or JSON file.
The resource provides data only. It will be up to the teacher to design a lesson in which students analyze and interpret the data.
This phenomenon could stimulate the following driving questions:
How do land and ocean temperatures vary globally over the last century (from 1880-2017)?
How does temperature in the United States change over time in the last century?
How does temperature change in your state compare to that of other states in the last decade? The last century?