Obviously there are seasonal fluctuations (lots of ice in winter, less in summer) but year-by-year, the extend of the ice caps at each extreme are less. (Double click to see full-sized chart). The black line represents this year's extent. Observe how it is the lowest/second lowest since measurement began. Will we hit a new low this (northern hemisphere) summer?
[Chart from this source]
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