~Central Arctic Basin 2018 is #1 is lowest extent
~ Beaufort sea and CAA make up 400 K difference with 2012, while 2018 has 464, 000 km2 more sea ice than 12
~ Along with other peripheral seas, which will have near 0 extent come mid September, 2018 is technically #1 at the moment.
What about the black spots appearing in waves on the JAXA animation above? They are open water zones opening closing rapidly as captured 82 N 176 W: