The melting season is well underway now and in the last two weeks sea ice has been disappearing so fast that 2012 is leading all other years on practically all sea ice extent and area graphs.
Take for instance the top graph I’ve made, based on Cryosphere Today sea ice area data.
That looks pretty spectacular, doesn’t it? Sea ice area has never been so low for this date in the satellite record, not even close to it.
2012 has over half a million of square kilometres less ice than record minimum years 2007 and 2011.