Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis Figure 3. Monthly February ice extent for 1979 to 2009 shows 2009 as the fourth-lowest February on record. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center High-resolution image February 2009 compared to past Februaries Monthly average ice extent for February 2009 was the fourth lowest in the satellite record. February 2005 had the lowest ice extent for the month; February 2006 was the second lowest; and February 2007 is in third place. Including 2009, the downward linear trend in February ice extent over the satellite record stands at 2.8% per decade.