This is the time of year when sea ice discussions ramp up.
Antarctic sea ice has reached its minimum extent/area on the positive side. Its long term trend is also on the positive side. So much for melting poles.
The Arctic sea ice is nearing its maximum. Arctic sea ice has had an interesting growth season. The areas(Hudson Bay and Baffin Straight) last year which had significant negative anomolies are doing just fine now. For example the Baffin Straight/Newfoundland coast has almost 500K sq.km more sea ice than this time last year. This year the Barent and Kara Sea are well below average. But the Bering Sea is well above normal. So overall we are within 500K sq.kms of normal, with in 1 standard deviation from normal.