As with the other indices, this is very warm. It is almost the highest anomaly for any month before Oct 2015 (Jan 07 at 0.96°C was higher). And according to NCEP/NCAR, February so far is even warmer.
I'll show the regular GISS plot and TempLS comparison below the fold
Here is the GISS map for the month
Again, warm in most of N America, and Asia/Siberia. Cold in Mediterranean. The Moyhu spherical harmonics map is here:
Update: I was curious about the reason for the relatively large change in TempLS since my first posting. The station numbers had increased from 4017 to 4457, but above 4000 is usually fairly safe. It seems that late reporting in the cold Near/Mid east may be the reason. I wrote an update on that post here.