It doesn’t look that way, a look at the Interactive Chart at the NSIDC website (link above) shows that the drop in Sea Ice Extent for 2019 has crossed the time series curve for 2012 and, although still plummeting, is doing so at a more gentle rate than the record low ice year seven years ago. In spite of the record heat this year, there was no mid-August Great Arctic Cyclone to maul the icecap, and 2019 will have to settle for a solid second place (somewhere between 2012 and the previous low SIE record, 2007. We won’t know for sure until mid-September, of course, but it looks we dodged the bullet this year. Still, the ice VOLUME this year, and the coverage of multi-year ice, is now lower than its ever been, so the icecap is in even worse shape to endure the summer of 2020. Low ice 2012 was an extreme, an outlier, even by the standards of the warming we have seen in the 21st century. But even if we remove it from the reckoning altogether as a fluke, 2019 only continues the trend of diminishing ice we have seen for the last score of years. Derive no comfort from the fact the 2012 record won’t fall this year.
I can’t stress it too much, do yourself a favor and follow the link above to the interactive chart display. Each SIE time series for each of the last forty years can be turned on and off so you can see for yourself how the Arctic is melting away from us, in a short lifetime.