Back in September 2007 when the Arctic sea ice reached the minimum extent recorded since 1979, it generated quite a bit of news coverage. Many so-called experts went on to predict that the Arctic Ocean would be ice free during the summer in the upcoming years with some predicting the Arctic could be ice free by the summer of 2012.
Arctic sea ice is currently running either at or above average depending on which source you use (there are several countries and agencies that keep track of ice conditions around the world which differ slightly from each other). With sea ice currently running near or above the long-term average, plus, with the melt season in the Arctic starting a few weeks later than usual this year, the odds that the Arctic will come anywhere near ice free this summer are virtually zero.
Instant communications and a 24 hour news cycle can often make the normal seem abnormal, yet, we all need to remember that sea ice has fluctuated greatly on decadal time scales since the last ice age and there is no reason to think that is going to change.