2014 Earth's warmest year on record

NOAA

NOAA announced that in 2014, the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 1.24°F (0.69°C) above the 20th century average, making the year the warmest since records began in 1880. Here is the new Science on a Sphere (SOS) dataset and video to go along with this announcement:

http://sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=420

View the report with images at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/global/2014/12.