The last record left this year has finally been broken (see them all on this page). Never since records began, has there been a larger anomaly from the 1979-2008 baseline in the Cryosphere Today sea ice area data set, as calculated by the Polar Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
The previous record anomaly was set at -2.635 million square km on October 21st 2007, as can be seen on the last part of Cryosphere Today's Tale of the Tape:
If you're wondering what that red line is in the upper right of the graph: it's this year's minimum SIA bleeding through. Apparently nobody thought of that when devising this graph. Pretty cool that they're leaving it in though.
Larry Hamilton has another version that makes things even more clear:
As usual, Jim Pettit has the details:
2012 has now seen 76 days with a negative anomaly greater than 2 million km2, including the last 74 consecutive days. (Only 130 days in the entire CT SIA record have seen a negative anomaly greater than 2 million km2.) During this ongoing 74-day stretch, 11 of the 20 largest anomalies have occurred, including the first, fourth, sixth, and ninth largest ones (The remainder of the top ten occurred in October 2007).
2012 daily SIA has set a new daily record minimum for the last 107 consecutive days, and 123 of the past 128.
That was it for 2012, all the records are kaputt. Now we await what happens with the global sea ice area (and anomaly) numbers...
Edit: Silly me. If the CT global SIA anomaly record gets broken, it will be before the year is out. If I'm not mistaken the record was set in 2007 at -2.475 million square km. This year saw a low of -2.338 million square km so far, and is currently at -2.296 million square km.