Depending on what temperature data set you look at **, or on your trust in various manual adjustments in these data sets ***, 2014 may have beaten the previous world temperature record by 0.02C. Interestingly, the 0.02C rise over the prior record set four years ago would imply (using only these two data points which warmists seem to want to focus on) a temperature increase of 0.5C per century, a few tenths below my prediction but an order of magnitude below the alarmists' predictions for future trends.
Anyway, whether there was an absolute record or not, there was almost certainly a different temperature record set -- the highest divergence to date in the modern measured temperatures from what the computer models predicted. The temperature increase for the past 5 years was a full 0.17C less than predicted, the largest gap yet for the models in forward-prediction mode (as opposed to when they are used to backcast history).
** There are four or five or more data sets, depending on how you count them. There are 2 major satellite data sets and 2-3 ground based data sets. The GISS ground data set generally gives the largest warming trends, while the satellite data sets give the least, but all show some warming over the last 30 or so years (though most of this warming was before 1999).
*** The data sets are all full of manual adjustments of various sorts. All of these are necessary. For surface stations, the measurement points move and change technology. For the satellites, orbits and instruments shift over time. The worrisome feature of all these adjustments is that they are large as compared to the underlying warming signal being measured, so small changes in the adjustments can lead to large changes in the apparent trend. Skeptics often charge that the proprietors of land data sets are aggressive about including adjustments that increase the apparent trend but reluctant to add similar adjustments (eg for urban heat islands) that might reduce the trend. As a result, most of the manual adjustments increase the trend. There is actually little warming trend in the raw data, and it only shows up after the adjustments. It may be total coincidence, but the database run by the most ardent warmist is the GISS and it has the highest trend. The database run by the most skeptical is the UAH satellite database and it shows the smallest trend. Hmm.