This year’s maximum area not only occurred early; it is also the lowest in the satellite record.
The monthly average Arctic sea ice area for March 2015 was also the lowest in the satellite record.
Arctic sea ice is reported daily, by the United States National Snow and Ice Data Center.
More graphs and other data are also available from the Arctic Data Archive System, operated by the Japanese Arctic Environmental Observation Center.
Research suggests the remarkable decline of Arctic sea ice over the last century is far beyond anything seen for a long time.