By Matt Owens January 24, 2014
Temperatures continued to climb in 2013. It was 4th warmest year for global air temperature since 1880 (NOAA). And ocean heat content (above) just keeps climbing, rising at the fastest rate since at least the last deglaciation (Rosenthal et al. 2013 - "Pacific Ocean Heat Content During the Past 10,000 Years"). See live climate data in this section of our webpage.
James Hansen says "there is substantial likelihood of an El Niño beginning in 2014, and as a result a probable record global temperature in 2014 or 2015." This comes from a new paper released by Hansen. Last year, he made a nearly identical statement during a press conference about 2012's temperature record.