The Winter maximum of Arctic sea ice extent this year seems to have been the lowest in modern era, that is, since satellites made possible accurate measurements (starting in 1979). I am a bit bemused by the difficulty headline writers and newsreaders have had reporting the slightly complicated idea of the minimum of a bunch of maxima. The NPR story I heard made it sound like Arctic sea ice was at a minimum during the dead of winter.
Here is the NYT: "Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level"
Uhh, not exactly. It was lower a couple of weeks ago and will be lower (very likely) in another couple of weeks.
Math is hard - Barbie.