During the month of February the gap between this year and the other years from the post-2010 period has grown smaller again. Last month I wrote:
The difference with 2013, for instance, has gone down from 1859 km3 at the end of the year to 1205 km3 at the end of the January. 2013 started out very low, but crept up a lot towards the end of the freezing season, reflecting a late cold snap that considerably thickened the ice.
This year is pretty much the opposite from last year, and so the difference has gone from +1859 km3 (end of December) to +1205 km3 (end of January) to -43 km3 (end of February). The difference with 2011, the year with the lowest volume max on record, is now +401 km3 instead of +1000 km3 last month. Difference with 2012, the year with the lowest volume min on record, is now +153 km3 instead of +506 km3.
It can all be seen on this graph produced by Wipneus:
The trend line on the PIOMAS sea ice volume anomaly graph is pointing down again, staying just above or dipping just below the linear trend: