As expected after a month of stalling sea ice extent and weather that generally isn't conducive to sea ice loss, 2016 is no longer lowest on record. In fact, 'only' 5890 km3 of volume was lost during June, according to PIOMAS, which is still more than any year before 2010, but less than any year after 2010, except for 2014. 2016 has now dropped into third position, on a par with 2010.
Here's how the differences with previous years have evolved from last month:
As you can see the change in difference with 2012 is massive, which isn't surprising given that 2012 dropped almost 7300 km3 during June. Over on the Arctic Sea Ice Forum I was expecting this year's volume loss to be somewhat higher, but it seems I was wrong. So 2016 is now more than 1000 km3 behind 2012, which is another line of evidence that speaks against new record lows at the end of the melting season. Of course, this doesn't mean everything is hunky dory. Quite the contrary.
Wipneus' version of the PIOMAS volume graph shows how this year's trend line kept veering off its course, while 2012 dropped off a cliff during June:
And look, the trend line on the PIOMAS sea ice volume anomaly graph has dropped well into the 2 standard deviation zone where it hasn't been since 2013. The question is now whether it will drop some more and leave the light grey band like it did in 2010, 2011 and 2012: