'A media myth has emerged disputing this fact. The myth is based on the fact that temperatures have risen more slowly over the past 16 years than previously. However this period is too short to eliminate the effect of short term natural influences on temperature, and no other attempt has been made to eliminate their effect. Therefore the conclusion is invalid.' Skeptical Science
Conclusion? The 16 years you're so stuck on is not enough time to determine the trend, they need decades of observations and not just temp.