So there is a El Nino that is at peak, temps measured by the Aqua Satellite, along with thoughts on how this interacts with the big picture. These a troposphere measurements: January 2010 UAH Global Temperature Update +0.72 Deg. C Roy Spencer, Ph. D. Spencer: Record January warmth is mostly sea Watts Up With That? Some ideas on this based on earlier El Nino events: Flashback to 2007 â€“ SST to plunge again? Watts Up With That? Maps on Sat data in graphical form: Roy Spencer, Ph. D. So while some land masses are cold the overall temp is up, Differences with 2007 and especially 1998 El Nino events. A number of interacting processes overlapping to produce the weather we are having, as the next big snowstorm hits the east coast.