Ojmjakon, Russia averaged -36ºF in December. Washington Post says that was hot.
Europe and Russia were much hotter than average.
They also said that satellite data showed December as 2nd hottest on record
Early data suggests that December 2013 was tied for the 2nd-hottest December on record since 1979, the beginning of satellite measurements
RSS was 11th warmest since 1979 (close to the median) and UAH was seventh warmest.