Julienne Stroeve from NSIDC sent over some additional information on Arctic happenings.
We called the minimum today, even though JAXA and Bremen showed a decline today. It still might jump up and down a bit, regions like the Beaufort and Chukchi seem to oscillate daily between increases and decreases, with overall decreases from the first of September until yesterday. The E. Siberian shows a larger decrease for the month thus far (twice as much as the Beaufort and Chukchi seas), but the last few days it shows a clear increase and you can see new ice forming in the MODIS imagery. The Laptev Sea is also still showing slight decreases.