Temperatures at the North Pole are -25C.
Those temperatures are colder than Minnesota has been this winter – not exactly what most people would call warm. The reason the temperatures have not been as cold as last winter, is because the cold air has been spread thinner over a larger geographic area.
Their claim that ice extent is low, is the usual nonsense. It is right at one standard deviation, i.e. normal.
But the real story is that the wind has been pushing the ice into the western Arctic, where it is getting very thick. This also causes a small, nearly meaningless reduction in Barents Sea ice extent.
Unless the Arctic experiences extreme wind conditions like during the summer of 2007, alarmists are facing another very bad summer this year.