The global average temperature of 62.45 degrees Fahrenheit for 1997 was the warmest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 1995 by 0.15 degrees Fahrenheit
The average temperature for the year  was 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average of 13.9°C (57.0°F) [ie 58.24F] , beating the previous record warmth of 2010 and 2005 by 0.04°C (0.07°F).
Too stupid to spend much time on it … but so stupid it should be noted.
“The scientists set up infrared heaters over the five meadow plots measuring 30 square metres (322 square feet).
Left to run day and night, the heaters burned through more than 128,462 kilowatt hours of electricity.”
“When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.”
“Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.”
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According to the NOAA, February 2014 was tied for 21st warmest with 2001. It was .45C colder than 1998. Brrr.
But it was also colder than 1983 and 1987 and 1991 and only .1C warmer than 1973. 1973!!!!
The trend for February from 1998 is down -0.15C/decade.