According to a recent report from the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Antarctic sea ice is set to smash a record this year, as it's currently at 7.6 million square miles and continuing to increase.
The Arctic, on the other hand, continues to lose ice. In fact, the NSIDC says that the minimum extent will be somewhat lower than last year's, making it the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record.
According to the NSIDC, Arctic sea ice extent for September 15 was 1.96 million square miles, which is 11,600 square miles below the same date in 2013. However, Arctic sea ice extent remains low when examined in contrast with the long-term 1981 to 2010 average.