Despite weather conditions that were conducive to melting in the past couple of weeks, the 2014 sea ice volume trend line is now clearly above those of all the other post-2010 years, including 2013. The change is as remarkable as it is unexpected (by me), and the obvious reason must be lack of warmth and thus melt ponds over the Central Arctic Basin. Volume at the end of June is more than 2000 km3 behind 2012, and well over 1500 km2 behind 2011.
As soon as Wipneus has updated his PIOMAS graph, I will post it below.
Edit: here is the graph, showing more detail:
Despite the radical slowdown in volume loss, the anomaly trend line has continued dropping. The question now is if it can/will go much lower. There's a very small uptick towards the end of the trend line, and in the past couple of years this announced the end of precipitous drops: