Global sea ice extent for August 4th, from 1979-2015.
This is a little surprising, because historically global sea ice extent is quite high, on an annualized basis:
and it's mostly because Antarctic sea ice extent is taking a little hiatus this winter:
At the moment, Arctic SIE is 3.9% below last year's extent, and Antarctic SIE is 6.4% lower.
Data from NOAA: Arctic SIE, Antarctic SIE