Around this time in 2012, NCDC made it clear that they were going to declare 2012 as the warmest year in US history – regardless of actual temperatures. We are starting to see the same thing with global temperatures in 2014.
“If we have the El Niño that most are predicting, I think there’s a good chance that it’ll end up breaking the global temperature record set in 2010,” said Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Satellite temperatures through May, 2014 show that there is no chance of 2014 coming anywhere close to record warmth and that 2014 is barely warmer than 1995, but actual data has no meaning at NCDC anymore. They are tasked by the White House to produce warming.
h/t to Dave G