2014 was nowhere near as warm as 1998, but in order to see just how spectacularly fraudulent the NCDC and GISS claims are, you really need to look at maps.
2014 was an ordinary year. October had the highest reported GISS anomaly of 2014, but satellite data showed that October wasn’t hot at all.
1998 was a hot year. The two years weren’t even in the same ballpark.
The claims of “hottest year ever” are propaganda generated for politicians. They have nothing to do with science or Earth.