The climate skeptics' nightmare is that the faux-pause, aka The Hiatus, will end. Well, it really already has (see the quote at end). But being calendrically-obsessed, we need an annual calendar year temperature record to certify this.
There are already admirable skeptic attempts to downplay the importance or impact of this. But the fact is, with the Pacific barely in or just barely not in an El Nino state, setting a global temperature record is a big thing, because in 1998 the Pacific was in a gigantic El Nino state. And as I and others have noted previously, the high temperature that year was about 0.2 deg C above the baseline warming rate over the past few decades. So even considering the hiatus and all that, we have gone a couple years over a decade, and the global temperature has gone up 0.2 deg C, and here we are on the threshold of an all-time annual temperature record. Right where, unfortunately, all the trends would put us. And 0.2 deg C per decade is 2 degrees a century, well over thrice the rate of the 20th century warming.
No wonder the skeptics are fearful. The general public, if they get this information properly processed, might realize en masse all the lies they skeptics have been telling and comprehend all the data the skeptics have been distorting. There will be a sense of betrayal and even anger at the chumps they've been played for. And then they will take refuge in the hope that scientists (and much more nuclear power) can bail us out of this sinking mess.
Hot News: 2014 on track to be the warmest year
"In fact, leaving aside calendar years, the period from October 2013 through September 2014 “is the warmest 12-month period that we’ve ever had on record,” Blunden told Climate Central."Now that that is out of the way, the annual temperature record should fall next.
We need it to, to make the issues more obvious and to start to clear the obfuscated air that they have exhaled.