The good news: "This was 1.13 million square kilometers (398,000 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average for August, but well above the level recorded last year, which was the lowest September extent in the satellite record."
The not-so-good news: "These contrasts in ice extent from one year to the next highlight the year-to-year variability attending the overall, long-term decline in sea ice extent."
OTOH: "while in the Antarctic, sea ice has been at a record high the past few days." YAY!
The take-away: One year's worth of data do not a trend make ;-=)
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