In some quarters extreme weather events and broken records are presented as evidence that the climate isn't changing. That's a bit difficult to do with Arctic sea ice, of course (although they try*), but record Antarctic sea ice numbers fully compensate for this, right?
The 2013/2014 Arctic winter has been relatively warm (more on that when we have the maximum behind us), but the other side of the coin has been extreme cold over North America, resulting in another ice extreme: the Great Lakes freezing over as they haven't done since records began.
Here are two images I've nicked from Spanish/Basque Arctic expert Diablobanquisa, who in turn got them from MODIS and the Canadian Ice Service (including the small image on top, click for a larger version):
Plus ça devient extrême, plus c'est la même chose...
* hat-tip goes to HotWhopper for the link