With a slightly above average drop during July 2016 is maintaining its position relative to other years. Although the monthly decrease was smaller than most years of the past decade, the difference with 2012 went down from 1136 to 924 km3. The difference with 2014 went up by a large margin, from 1218 to 1977 km3, but the difference with 2015 was almost halved, from 1852 to 1020 km3. This was to be expected, of course, as melting conditions during July 2015 were perfect (see last year's PIOMAS update).
Here's how the differences with previous years have evolved from last month:
2016 is currently 4th lowest, after 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Wipneus' version of the PIOMAS volume graph clearly shows this year's steady drop, closely following the 2010 and 2011 trails: