There’s been a lot of loud rhetoric flying around about the update to the RSS satellite temperature series. What it actually amounts to is a consolidation of the satellite temperature measurement effort.
The two time series are now in good agreement and exhibit a warming rate of 0.13K/decade during the 1980-2015 period.
This is well below the warming predicted by IPCC climate models such as CMIP, and in line with historical warming rates during the positive phases of oceanic oscillations.
It’s also in line with radiosonde balloon measurements, and this demonstrates that the majority of temperature measurements are in approximate agreement. The outlier is the NASA GISS thermometer network which homogenises adjusted data across broad swathes of the globe, particularly in Africa and the Arctic.
So let’s congratulate the RSS team on a successful update and move on to more interesting matters.