Joe D’Aleo sent this over. Someone at NOAA is pulling facts out from where the sun never shines.
The Arctic actually had record low ice loss in March – i.e. zero.
Klaus Wolter at NOAA said last week :
Stay tuned for the next update (by May 7th, or earlier) to see where the MEI will be heading next. While La Niña conditions are guaranteed for at least a few months more, it remains to be seen whether it will indeed last into 2012, as discussed eight months ago on this page. I believe the odds for a two-year event remain well above 50%, notwithstanding the possibility of temporary weakening during boreal summer.
UAH reports that sea surface temperatures were 0.12C below normal.