Jim, I think your timing is immaculate.
Thanks Neven! There is however always a chance I might have jumped the gun slightly. As the ever excellent Wipneus points out
this morning, there has been a modest "rebound" in the metrics today. IJIS/JAXA extent is now at 14,118,547 km2, with the maximum so far standing at 14,255,140 on March 5th.
Apart from all the quantitative stuff I also ponder qualitative matters, even going so far as to delve into human psychology! Whilst we're on the subject of "rebounds", here's part of a "maximum calling" checklist
I have recently drawn up with the able assistance of the regular readers of the so called "Real Science" blog:
1. Is the NSIDC daily Arctic sea ice extent number for March 8th 2014 the lowest on record for that day of the year? Yes or No?
2. Is the Cryosphere Today Arctic sea ice area number for March 8th 2014 the lowest on record for that day of the year? Yes or No?
3. Is the IJIS Arctic sea ice extent number for March 9th 2014 the lowest on record for that day of the year? Yes or No?