The latest images from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) show an increasing rate of melt.
Sea ice extent for August 25,2008
Sea ice extent for August 24, 2008
Notice that the largest melt area is right where billlaurelMD predicted it would be in his weekly sea ice report.
Joe Romm is taking bets that all summer sea ice will be gone by 2020. To read about the bet and maybe get a piece of the action (against my advice, mind you) click here.