Following my post from a few weeks ago about January temperature anomalies, Harold Ambler notices a similar strange thing on his website: http://talkingabouttheweather.wordpress.com, about February 2014 temperatures in the United States. He states:
"As the map above shows, NOAA seems to have struggled in creating a temperature map that accurately conveys what New Englanders recently experienced"
See more here:
The map is from here:
As I pointed out in my last post on this, the areas labelled "near average" in white, actually only include below average data. Harold Ambler writes:
"...Boston was 3.1 [F] degrees below normal. Providence was 4 degrees below normal for the month. And yet all three locations fall within the “near normal” portion of NOAA’s map."