It is the 262nd day of the year and Arctic Sea Ice Extent (SIE) has still not hit rock bottom.
The latest SIE reported is 4.2 x 10^6 km^2.
The following seasons have beat 2023 for this dubious honor. I have listed them here along with the day of lowest SIE and the SIE (in millions of sq km, rounded to the nearest 10^5).
2012, 260, 3.4
2020, 260, 3.8
2016, 254, 4.2
2007, 261, 4.2
2019, 261, 4.2
Keep in mind the median date and SIE for the 1979-2023 satellite era is 261, 6.3 million sq km
2012 and 2007 were record lows and outliers but the last few years are clearly indicative of the current trend. For a graphic view of this, I suggest you visit the Interactive Graph at