The National Snow and Ice Data Center issues report on an unusually warm winter in the Arctic, giving rise to concern that the ice reformation which happens may not be as robust this year-- highlighting the potential for further record lows in ice coverage next summer.
Looking further into the future, unless there are several very cold
winters and mild summers, Arctic sea ice is unlikely to bounce back in
the coming decades.
"The idea of recovery right now seems pretty slim," Stroeve said. "You just don't get very cold temperatures like you used to."