As can be seen from the chart below, the arctic sea-ice extent tracked at or near all time lows in the satellite era for the entire cool season. Since late April it has been well below anything observed previously.
The graph above shows considerable year-to-year variability, but also the long-term decline associated with global warming. Record lows occur when the natural climate variability favors conditions conducive for limited ice growth in the cool season and/or considerable ice loss in the warm season. While this can sometimes be followed by a temporary recovery, it is safe to say that we are moving toward a dramatically transformed Arctic.