To enable these comparisons, a new AVHRR skin SST product for NOAA-14 was first derived from radiative transfer simulations and a globally representative set of over 2000 radiosonde profiles. Comparisons with multiple in situ skin SST measurements demonstrate the accuracy of this new algorithm. Differences between the infrared and TMI SST products were computed over the Pacific basin throughout the year of 2000. These differences are presented both over short time periods and as seasonal averages. To examine the dependence on wind speed and water vapor, the differences are binned using coincident wind speed and water vapor retrievals from TMI. Residual differences are then compared with predictions of the bulk-skin temperature difference to determine if there is any significant correlation. Based on these results, recommendations are made concerning how to best combine data from the different sensors into a blended SST product.