Credit to NOAA for acknowledging that the .07 warming was in large part due to El Nino. The last spike in 1998 was also an el Nino year.
“With a boost from El Nino, 2016 began with a bang. For eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat. With this as a catalyst, the 2016 globally averaged surface temperature ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).”