How can global temperatures set record highs if the US is so cold? A temperature anomaly map from GISS answers that question nicely:
|Map available from NASA GISS|
The same global anomaly pattern appears in satellite data as well. Lower tropospheric UAH data, which measures air temperatures 1,000 meters above the surface, shows the following for November:
Again, eastern North America is colder than average while Eastern Europe/Western Asia, Siberia, and East Antarctica are far warmer than average. Overlaying UAH data with GISS surface data shows the same pattern of temperature rise since 1978:
This shows is the importance of using global data to monitor global warming. The weather in your backyard, country, or even region may be below normal—but that doesn't mean that the entire planet is also below normal.