Anyway, that encouraged to do something that I tried last year - putting up the latest sea ice and global temperature numbers. But then I did it manually and it got to be a drag. Now I'm hoping I can fully automate it, using R as well. So here's a start. (Though Neven has the full ice story).
The automation mainly consists of an embedded html window in which the numbers will appear. I'm planning to run the script at least once a day, and about 1.30pm Japan time, when the JAXA ice numbers appear. It will check for the latest Had/UAH etc numbers. New numbers will appear bolded or colored. And the graphs will be updated.
So below the jump are firstly the numbers - small tables of recent results immediately visible, but larger tables if you scroll down. Then come the graphs.
Sources: JAXA, HADCRUT3, GISS, UAH T2LT, RSS MSU, NOAA,
JAXA Sea Ice Extent for dates close to present
JAXA Sea Ice Extent to present and for full year
Major temperature indices - last 12 months
Major temperature indices - last 4 years