This animation takes you through 130 years of historical climate anomalies and through 100 years of climate anomalies predicted by a high emission scenario (A2). The term “anomaly” means a departure from a reference value or long-term average. For the precipitation anomaly animation, the reference value is the average precipitation over the period 1970-1999. A positive anomaly value indicates that the observed precipitation was greater than the average precipitation from 1970-1999, while a negative anomaly indicates that the observed precipitation was less than the average precipitation from 1970-1999.
These animations are based on data from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)'s Community Climate System Model, version 3 (CCSM3, http://www.cesm.ucar.edu, supported by the Directorate for Geosciences of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy) and distributed through the University of New Hampshire, EOS-WEBSTER Earth Science Information Partner (ESIP).