We had to wait a relatively long time for the anomaly trend to go above zero, but Arctic SIA as well as Antarctic SIA are currently both higher than for instance last year, so here it is:
This was the longest period on record of a negative global SIA anomaly. According to my calculations based on the CT SIA data the previous longest period lasted 444 days and ended just before the end of 2007. Another period of 333 days took place from mid-2009 to mid-2010, not much later followed by this new record period of 502 days. As the period ended at the beginning of this year we also just witnessed the first full calendar year on record without a positive anomaly.
In the coming few weeks the global sea ice area minimum will be hit. I don't expect a new record.