Past IEM Features tagged: temperature
On Friday, the featured plot shown two seasonal maxima of difference between the daily average computed by taking the high and low temperature to that of taken by averaging hourly observations. The question remains as to why these appear... Today's featured plot displays the composite diurnal temperature cycle for four months of interest. The plots are normalized by their respective daily average temperature computed by averaging the high and low. The plot means are displayed in the legend for each month. It may take another feature plot before this mini-mystery is resolved!
Tags: climate temperature
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Chart provided by Jon Hobbs
Today's feature is a bit of a thought provoker for you to consider. July's average temperature is expected to be the coldest on record for Iowa, but what is an "average temperature"? Setting aside the spatial aspects, typically this value is the simple average of the daily high and low temperature (since that observation is the most commonly available for the longest periods). Since automated sensors report information every hour, how does a simple average of these values compare with the average of the high and low daily temperature? The featured chart presents the monthly mean biases based on observations from the Des Moines Airport site back to 1973. The positive values mean the simple average of high and low temperature yields a warmer value than the average of the hourly observations. The red bar represents the 95% confidence level for the mean. There is a clear annual signal in this chart, what causes it?