activity : indicator-us-surface-temperature-process-2018

indicator-us-surface-temperature-process-2018

​Step 1: Downloaded average temperature data (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/us) for an annual time scale from 1895 to the latest desired year (units in Fahrenheit), with option checked to display base period. Step 2: Imported data into spreadsheet and calculated anomalies: ● Calculated the average temperature for the time period desired (1901 - 2000). ● Calculated the difference of the temperature value and the average temp to get the anomaly. Step 3: Copied values into data page of SigmaPlot. Step 4: Colored cells in adjacent column blue for below average temp and red for above average temp. Step 5: Graph settings were made to make sure that the end date of the X Data includes latest date range from data update. Step 6: Double checked that all fonts are “Roboto Light” and that font size and axes labels match with style guide. Step 7: Exported the graph as a png with 600dpi resolution. Step 8: Imported png into Adobe Photoshop and added “helpers” for text “warmer” and “cooler”; label for “1901-2000” average at baseline, label on X-axis for last year in dataset (2017 in this example) and verified symmetry of all graphical elements, i.e. axes titles, legend, graph title. Step 9: Uploaded final graphic onto portal: usgcrp.indicators.nemac.org.

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