Each June, July and August, the SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) collects predictions for the mean extent of Arctic sea ice in September. These predictions come mainly from scientists but also some other people, drawing on a variety of modeling, statistical or subjective methods that each contributor describes in written documentation. The first round of SIO predictions, submitted by June 7, have just been published online. Twenty-three contributors suggest values ranging from 3.4 to 6 million km2, with a median of 4.1.In a post last month on this blog, I invited readers to submit their own predictions. By my count a total of 116 predictions were posted by the June 7 deadline, along with some interesting discussion. My original post had an ambiguous title, leading some people to offer predictions for the one-day minimum instead of the September mean, so I view this first round as an experiment. But from here on we’ll look at how that experiment came out.