Spencer: 'The 'record warm' SST (sea surface tempertures) month of August, 2014 seems to be an outlier, with the SSTs being too warm (or the tropospheric temperatures too cool) compared to the usual behavior...Satellite tropospheric temperatures which are nowhere near a record'
'Barring some mistake in data processing, the only explanation I have for this is the possibility I blogged about yesterday, that near-record low ocean winds are allowing excessive surface warming while transferring less energy through convection to warm the troposphere. As I also mentioned yesterday, such an excursion would be due to natural variability…not due to “extra” carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which basically remains unchanged from one month to the next.'
Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. also weighed in on 'Record SSTs' - 'For possible explanation see and here
More analysis by 'Real Science' website here: 'The oceans were much warmer in August 1998'