Data from this winter in the Arctic is now available and what it reveals is frightening. According to the Washington Post:
"Make no mistake, Arctic Sea ice is melting. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the maximum extent of the winter sea ice cover for 2008-09 was the fifth-lowest on record. Underscoring their point, the agencies added, 'The six lowest maximum events since satellite monitoring began in 1979 have all occurred in the past six years (2004-09).'"
Other scientists who measure the overall volume of Arctic Ice and not just the extent of the area covered by sea ice – have said that 2008-09 was actually the lowest amount of ice in the Arctic ever measured.