A hot October
If you believe the manipulated data put out by NASA, Yes. The worldwide average for October 2015 was a fifth of one degree above the equivalent figure last year. No news on the satellite data yet, strangely!
Even the crooks at NASA have had to admit, however, that the El Nino oscillation is at least "partly" to blame for the uptick. How do we know that it was not WHOLLY to blame? We do not. There is no way of telling. Given that the usual temperature rises churned out regularly by NASA are in the hundreths of one degree, it seems likely that El Nino was responsible for MOST of the rise.
A suitably dramatic media report excerpted below, with a lot of irrelevant comparisons and a lot of pretty pictures. If you look closely at the pretty pictures you will see that, overall, global average surface temperatures have risen at a rate of only about 0.64°C per century, a figure that has been with us for a long time
It's looking almost certain that this year will be the warmest on record. According to the latest figures from Nasa, October has been the hottest such month since 1880.
Global average surface temperatures last month were 1.04°C above the long-term average - the greatest increase of any month ever recorded.
October 2015 also marks the first time a monthly temperature anomaly exceeded 1°C in records dating back to 1880.
The previous largest change was 0.97°C from January 2007, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The global average temperature for the year so far gives 2015 a 99.9 per cent chance it will beat 2014 as the warmest year on record.
This is according to Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who keeps the temperature records.
'Probability that 2015 will be a record warm year now 99.9 per cent based on Jan-Oct GISTEMP data,' he said.
This year is also likely to finish with global temperatures at about 1°C above pre-industrial levels.
The is halfway past the international goal of limiting temperature rise to no more than 2°C from that baseline.
Scientists say the trend is down to increased greenhouses gases in the atmosphere, as well as a very strong El Niño.