Aerial view of the Chukchi Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One significant contributing factor to the record was a major Arctic cyclone that struck the North Pole region at the beginning of August. The major storm tore apart more fragile parts of the icepack allowing the smaller pieces to melt.
NASA said, “The storm cut off a large section of sea ice north of the Chukchi Sea and pushed it south to warmer waters that made it melt entirely. It also broke vast extensions of ice into smaller pieces more likely to melt.”
The Arctic, which which destroyed by the global warming death spiral this summer, has mysteriously gained 1,000 Manhattans of ice overnight.