Sea ice extent is now beginning to rise as it has now begun its seasonal increase in response to autumn. We will be settling for second-lowest on record.
That is from the IARC-JAXA Information System (IJIS). According to their data from download, September minima was reached on September 9th at 4,707, 813 km2 , though NSIDC says September 12th on their page (anyone?)
While we didn’t break the record, this year is further support of continued and accelerated decline in NH sea ice extent. It will be interesting to see how the trend continues over the next few years.