Record low, that is.
Since 1980, satellites have been tracking very precisely the amount of snow and ice in both the arctic regions (north and south). About 90% of all the fresh-water ice in the world is in Antarctica, so of course when the global warmenists talk about ice melting, that's the place of most concern.
If global warming was causing ice to melt, the place where you'd be most worried about it would be Antarctica. Al Gore, in his movie, painted a vivid picture if Antarctica melting and causing the oceans to rise, flooding thousands of islands and coastal cities. We'd better watch that ice carefully!
Well, the data is just in from their most recent summer (remember, the seasons are reversed down there). Marco Tedesco and Andrew Monaghan report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters: for the 2008-2009 summer season, the amount of ice melt was the lowest ever recorded by satellites.
How, er, inconvenient for the warmenist crowd...