World Climate Maps

Unlike the climate charts on this site, which are all original, these maps were adapted from others found on the web.

The temperature and rainfall maps are somewhat modified output from climate mapping software available from the UN FAO Sustainable Development Department.

The wind speed map is brought to you in full psychedelic color by NASA Surface meteorology and Solar Energy: Methodology PDF, 1.4 megabytes, very technical.

thumbnail view of temperature map
thumbnail view of rainfall map
thumbnail view of global warming map
Global Warming
thumbnail view of wind speed map
Wind Speed
thumbnail view of wind direction map
Wind Direction/Vector
(Prevailing Winds)

See the Index Map for a quick interface to the 1000's of climate charts on this site.

Average Temperature

world temperature map

The original scale units are degrees Centigrade, the conversion to Fahrenheit is approximate.

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Total Rainfall

world rainfall map

The original scale units are millimeters, the conversion to inches is approximate.

Scroll up to see the Temperature Map.

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Global Warming

Predicted temperature increase from the baseline period of 1960-1990 to 2070 2100. From the Hadley Centre.

Also see About the Global Warming Data on this site for a discussion of how this map is used in our location pages.

Hadley Centre Climate Change map

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Wind Speed

This is annual average wind speed measured 50 meters above the ground or sea.

world wind speed map
meters per second
0.0 1.3 2.7 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 >12.0
0.0 2.9 6.0 7.8 10.0 11.2 12.3 13.4 14.5 15.7 16.8 17.9 19.0 20.1 >26.8
miles per hour

The original scale units are meters per second, the conversion to miles per hour is approximate.

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Wind Direction (Vector)

This is average wind, with direction shown by arrows and speed shown by background color. The first is for January, the second is for July. These are from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Thanks to Andrew Leventis for locating this for me.

world wind vector map for January
world wind vector map for July

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