The January, 2016 Arctic Ocean area experienced the highest monthly 2m temp anomaly for the 2011-2016 period.
Thanks to Karsten Haustein, the imagery and data are made available on a very helpful webpage.
Karsten tracks the NCEP GFS, the NCAR/NCEP and GISS Global Temp imagery, data and forecasts.
The table lays out the Arctic Ocean temperature anomalies for all three data sources for January, 2011-2016. The average mean provides a composite anomaly from all three sources, as available.
|Arctic Ocean Mean Temp Trends|
|Mean Temps in K/C|
The following are the imagery for the January, 2016 results.
Note the extreme anomalies over the Barents and stretching almost to 90N.
The NCAR/NCEP calculations shift the warmth into the Central Arctic.
The GISS Global Temp imagery reflects a similar pattern, yet misses the higher anomaly in the Central Arctic.
February, 2016 is available for two of the three indices, and will be posted later.