The satellite temperatures for January are out now, and also the Mohyu NCEP/NCAR index. All increased, quite significantly. UAH Ver 6 beta was up by 0.09°C, to 0.54°C. RSS-MSU was up from 0.543 to 0.663°C. In both indices, Jan 2016 was the highest ever, making four such months in a row. However, the jump from Dec to Jan was rather smaller than in 1997/8. I have an eye here on the implications for the RSS "pause". February will have to be a lot warmer (0.88) to erase the pause in that month. OTOH, the January warmth, if sustained, will ensure there are only positive trends after March data.
The NCEP/NCAR index rose from 0.621 to 0.665°C. Again, very warm, but not as big a rise as might have been expected. In fact, the first half of January was very warm indeed, but then came a relatively cool period. February is starting warm again.
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