I sent a query to Dr. John Christy, curator of the UAH global temperature anomaly dataset, inquiring about some of the changes in the RSS dataset. In addition to commenting on that, he was also kind enough to send along an advance copy of the soon to be posted UAH data for October, which you can see here.
Here is the plot, not much change, essentially steady up .006°C to 0.167°C from 0.161°C
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Dr. Christy also writes about the RSS data set and it’s recent revise from Version 3.1 to 3.2:
As our last several papers show, we find considerable evidence that our
current procedure better represents the temperature variations than does
RSS’s, particularly in the 1990 period where we show RSS displays a
relative warming to every other independent dataset we’ve studied.
The Oct numbers have been run but not yet mounted on the website. I hope
to do that tomorrow. Globally, Oct almost the same as Sep.