Antarctic sea ice set extent set several records this week. So far during 2013, Antarctic sea ice extent has set records on eight separate dates, including the past five days in a row. By comparison, there are only seven dates in the entire calendar year when the greatest extent of Antarctic sea ice occurred before 2000.
Also, the total amount of global sea ice is significantly above the long-term average, as Arctic sea ice is close to the long-term mean while Antarctic sea ice is at record extent. The Antarctic and global sea ice extent strongly contradict assertions by global warming alarmists that below-average Arctic sea ice reflects receding polar ice caps and an imminent global warming crisis.