There's about another month of freezing in the Northern Ocean before the annual thaw. Right now the various measurers have the following:
Cryosphere Today-- 13.42 million square kilometers of sea ice (in area)
AMSR-E-- 14 million square kilometers of sea ice extent
NSIDC-- 14.75 million square kilometers of sea ice extent
That's between the area of Canada plus India plus Albania and the area of Canada plus Argentina plus Greenland. It is a little below the 30 year 'normal' because wind and currents have been breaking up the ice off Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and sending it south to warmer seas.
The temperature north of 80 degrees is just about normal so the melting should not start until the Spring Equinox, as usual.
Labels: Global Warming; Northern Ocean Sea Ice