Gareth inquires if bets are still available for 2008. The answer is yes (although I reserve the right to remove them at a moments notice when things turn against me). At the moment, NH ice seems to be back to “normal”, ie about 1Mkm2 down on the long-term mean; see Le blog de ICE for a current pic from CT. Based on that, I can’t see any reason to expect a record in 2008. Disagree? Then out with your wallet :-). Interesting to note that Antarctica is still high.
Perhaps I should add that I’m not ruling out the possibility of a record min in 2008, nor am I predicting lots of ice. I’m just saying that on 50-50 odds I prefer the no-record side, based on past statistics.