Arctic Ice Growing: Normal October Event!

The Arctic sea ice that alarmists reported at a record low a month ago has recovered dramatically, such that there is no longer a possibility of transiting the Arctic ocean without encountering ice:

The official reports now show twice as much sea ice as just a month ago.  And the rate of increase appears to be near a record.  (Of course, the claimed record melt this year involved a scattering of sea ice by a big August storm.  That left smaller chunks of ice scattered across the area that is now refreezing fast, probably accelerating the refreeze.) 

Note the extensive Northern Hemisphere snow cover too.

Is any of this especially amazing?  No, the Arctic does almost the same thing every October!

Not all of the cold Arctic air is remaining far north as this plot shows: