Due to record cold weather, there was very little surface melt north of 80N this summer. The melt which did occur was largely due to storms, which brought warm water up from the depths and melted the base of the ice. These storms have removed a lot of heat from the Arctic Ocean over the last two years.
Most recent summers have had temperatures below normal north of 80N, and the water in that region is getting colder. This has combined with a large reduction in ice transport through the Fram Strait in recent years.
All of the current factors point to an ongoing increase in ice, so why are the experts refusing to acknowledge it?