Of course, the alt-news headlines, even tweeted by the US House Science Committee, was that "world average temperatures have plummeted since the middle of the year at a faster and steeper rate than at any time in the recent past". No sign of that on closer inspection. Here is my plot comparing 2015/6 with 1997/8. It's from this post, where you can see other datasets similarly plotted:
Another point of interest at this time of year is whether 2016 will be a record. Actually, not much interest; it seems certain in most indices. I've been tracking that at a post here qv for details); I'll echo it here. The faint lines that extend data is how the average will progress if temperatures continue at current month level:
I'll show the regular GISS plot and TempLS comparison below the fold
Here is the GISS map for the month
The Moyhu spherical harmonics map is here:
GISS is more pronounced in the Arctic and Canada, which is probably the main cause of discrepancy.
Sea Ice is still low. I think the Antarctic situation is the one to watch. It's low and dropping fast, with a minimum coming up.