Steve Goddard writes:
Below are animations for the entire year (150 days) so far, based on NOAA SST maps. The videos are presented with minimal commentary. As they say, “150 pictures are worth 150,000 words.”
El Niño has faded and may be switching genders.
The Northern Pacific has been generally below average.
The tropical Atlantic has warmed significantly over the year, heading in to the hurricane season.
The ocean just south of Greenland has been persistently above average temperatures.
Antarctic waters have been getting colder, which is reflected in the growth of ice.
Arctic waters have been warm on the Atlantic side, and cold on the Pacific side. This is reflected in excess ice near Alaska and deficiencies near Greenland and Svalbard.