While the Arctic recently set a new record low, lower than that of 2007, the Antarctic is at near record highs similar to that of 2007 according to University of Illinois Cryosphere Today data:
Here are the values:
2007.7206 1.1396104 16.2323818 15.0927715
2012.7316 1.1447686 16.2041264 15.0593576
At NSIDC, they show extent at near peak, and we’ll likely see a downturn begin soon:
Though, it is possible we’ll see some additional gain before the downturn starts, and a new record high for Antarctic sea ice area is still possible.
I find it interesting that we apparently have this “bipolar” relationship going on. On years of far lower than normal record lows in the Arctic 2007/2012, we have record highs and near record highs in the same years, 2007/2012.
At the blog “sunshine hours” it is reported:
The graph there shows 2012 and 2007 in red and blue respectively:
Ice Area is 1.964296 million sq km higher than the lowest amount ever recorded for this day in 1986.