One month ago, NSIDC announced this :
Back when the sea was thick and lasted for years, cyclones tended to spread the ice out and actually increase its extent, said Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. Now, when ice gets spread out, it simply breaks up and disappears.
“As our ice cover has thinned, some of our old rules are changing,” said Stroeve.
Gaia has officially announced that she is angry about junk science. The graph below shows the daily change in Arctic ice area. The end of July storm caused a significant increase in ice area, the exact opposite of what NSIDC claimed.
Also note that the melt season is all but done.