2016 has come to a close, and unfortunately the story hasn't improved. Due to a constant barrage of storms, bringing relatively warm temperatures, winds and moisture to the Arctic, sea ice still has problems forming at the edges, as well as thickening in the centre. And thus the year has closed with the lowest modeled sea ice volume on record. In fact, 2016 has increased its lead over 2011 and 2012 to 1934 and 843 km3 respectively.
Here's how the differences with previous years have evolved from last month:
And here's Wipneus' version:
Here's Jim Pettit's perspective on the data. Just look at how much less sea ice volume there is compared to the start of 2016 (2664 km3):