Last week NASA posted a short (15 sec) animation of the aggregation of analyzed data from 1,000 meteorological stations collected over the past 63 years (see below to watch). The animation is part of an updated report released by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which analyzes global surface temperatures on a constant basis, to include 2013 temperatures.
According to the updated report, the average global temperature in 2013 was 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid-1900s (57.2 degrees vs 58.3 degrees).
Climate change and global warming is a very touchy subject in today's political theater, particularly on whether or not it is human driven (or human aided). It will be interesting to see if this report is used, or forgotten, in the coming year.
If you'd like to learn more on what you are seeing, check out NASA's website.