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With NSIDC call in ice max I think we can now step over into the melt Season thread http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/03/arctic-sea-ice-maximum-second-lowest/ "Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 17. This is the second lowest Arctic maximum in the 39-year satellite record. The four lowest maximum extents in the satellite record have all occurred in the past four years. NSIDC will post a detailed analysis of the 2017 to 2018 winter sea ice conditions in our regular monthly post in early April." and Neven has this to say; http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2018/03/the-2018-melting-season-has-started.html "For a while it looked like the record for lowest maximum was going to be broken for the third year in a row, especially after an extreme warm eventshook the Arctic. But this anomalous heat was followed by anomalous cold, which was just enough to nudge JAXA sea ice extent above last year's record low maximum. By 13 thousand km2, to be precise, which is around 0.1% of total sea ice this time of year." So, off we go!