World Temp Anomaly 0.31 degrees Celsius,
World SST anomaly 0.39 degrees Celsius.
I first noticed this yesterday. Is it unusual for global temperature anomaly to be less than global SST anomaly?
Using HadCRUT and HadSST monthly values...
From Jan 1850 to Feb 2017 (inclusive), there were 862 occasions (out of 2006 pairs of values) in which the SST value was higher.
From Jan 2000 to Feb 2017, the ratio plummets to just 11 from 206.
The last such occurrence was October 2016, and the time before that was July 2014.
That difference between the anomalies is more or less the same today.
Observations of Anomalies
sst > air Total Percent >air temp anomaly
Jan 1850 to Feb 2017 862 2006 43%
Jan 1850 to Jan 2000 851 1800 47%
Jan 2000 to Feb 2017 11 206 5%
So it can be said the current observation is an anomaly. I ask simply because of an idle speculation on where the excess energy being trapped by excess CO2 is going. If the proportion swallowed into long-term storage in the oceans increases and into the atmosphere consequently decreases, one could end up with greater long-term AGW but in the shorter-term another idiotic climategate "hiatus" debate. But this change would have to persist for a good while, so perhaps flying this kite is a bit dumb.