Update March 31st: It looks like the maximum has arrived even later. The peak from 11 days ago has been beaten by almost 8K square km. This isn't much, but those 11 days extra make it a super late maximum. And the Lord only knows if this is the final maximum. I'm not calling this one anymore, ever!
Do you remember last week when I said that Cryosphere Today sea ice area had reached its maximum? Well, it didn't. The Arctic sea ice has this amazing propensity for turnabouts, even in just one week time.
image source: Pogoda i Klimat
I waited extra long to call the maximum, even though I announced at the end of February that it could well come about around March 5th. On March 6th a first peak was reached and a week later I felt confident to call the maximum:
Looking at various weather forecast maps, and considering the fact that most regions have an anomalously high area, I think it's safe to say the CT maximum SIA has been reached on March 6th.
Those weather forecast maps started changing soon afterwards, but with a couple of drops amounting to 236K km2 less than the peak, I was still confident the max would hold up, if only for the fact it was March 15th already, and in the last 7 years all the maxes were reached before March 11th. Enter Arctic sea ice.