We are a couple weeks from the Arctic sea ice minimum. I thought I'd give an update of where global sea ice is at.
Starting with the Antarctic: still well above normal
The Arctic Sea ice is approaching this year's minimum. As of now it looks like it'll be pretty close to last years minimum, which was in the middle of the pack of the last dozen. Meaning there is no Arctic Ice death spiral.
If we looks an the anomaly graph, we can also that the ice has stabilized. The extreme minimum of 2012 caused by a strong Arctic storm, has stopped the wild gyrations as we can see in this graph.
The NW passage also won't be open this year as the channels are jammed with old or new thick ice.