Arctic Sea Ice at record lows for this time of year. This does not necessarily mean that record minima will occur next summer, since open water loses more heat than when ice-covered and because a lot of Arctic snow is in early winter, which again means less insulation against heat loss.

Even so ... we still seem on target for an ice free Arctic in 2030 or so - maybe sooner.

Antarctic sea ice also at record lows for the date.


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