PRELIMINARY June 2014 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Update .
The preliminary global sea surface temperature anomalies are presently at about +0.34 deg C. Based on the preliminary data, they warmed (an increase of about +0.016 deg C) since May. Based on the preliminary data, the June 2014 sea surface temperature anomalies are higher than they were in 2010, when they were responding to the 2009/10 El Niño…and they are rivaling the values in response to the 1997/98 El Niño. So we should expect some rumblings from the AGW crowd. The high sea surface temperatures so far this year appear, primarily, to be based on two factors: (1) the apparent shift in the North Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies last year, and (2) the early evolution of El Niño conditions this year.