TempLS mesh was down a little in December, from 0.699°C in Nov to 0.653°C. That actually makes it the third warmest in the record, behind 2014 (just) and 2015. TempLS grid actually went up by about 0.04°C. As usual, this reflects differences at poles, which were not so warm in December. This affects TempLS mesh more, as it will GISS relative to NOAA/HADCRUT
The main map features are cold in N central Russia and NW America (but not Alaska), and big warmth around Central Asia.
But the main news is that it completes the year average, which was a record high at 0.807°C. All TempLS anomalies are relative to 1961-90 base years. 2016 beat the 2015 record of 0.728°C, so there shouldn't be much chatter about a "statistical tie". I have posted the series of cumulative records plots here. The plot for TempLS mesh is below. It shows a new color and level in each year a record was set.
TempLS grid was also a record at 0.776°C, vs 0.745°C for 2015. That's closer, reflecting again the fact that warmth at the poles was a feature of 2016, and is picked up more strongly by TempLS mesh. I expect that this will be reflected in the major indices, with GISS setting a record by a good margin, but NOAA and HADCRUT closer, In fact, HADCRUT is no sure thing, although I think the rise in TempLS grid this month increases the likelihood.
Data for RSS and UAH5.6 are also in. RSS V3.3 TLT dropped as did UAH V6, but still narrowly set a record for warmth in 2016. UAH5.6 had 2016 warmer by a more substantial margin. You can see the predicted record plots updated as data comes in here.