|Courtesy of NSIDC|
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has called the 2012 summer Arctic Sea ice minimum as occurring this past Sunday, September 16, with a coverage of 3.41 million square kilometers. This is 18% lower than the 2007 minimum and barely half of the 1979-2000 average seasonal minimum. Note that NSIDC defines ice cover as a 15% coverage or more. It is going to be an interesting autumn, as this is a whole lot of open water way far north.