Schmidt Wrote: Here's the link to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. It has some graphs to illustrate the point.NSIDC, March 19, 2015: Arctic sea ice reaches lowest maximum extent on recordI should also point out that while this winter is establishing a new lowest maximum, it is the opposite of last winter when scientists observed record growth in the sea ice over the winter. I don't know that any one year like this year or last year is significant. It does show variability from year to year. Longer term trends would have to be observed to draw conclusions.