There's a terrible sense of deja vu about this story (via Climate Depot):
In a September 18 video posted by NASA on its website, they admit that the Arctic cyclone, which began on August 5, “wreaked havoc on the Arctic sea ice cover" by "breaking up sea ice."
This is exactly what happened in 2007, when weeks of hype was followed by a quiet admission that the root cause of the loss of ice was winds and ocean currents. I had put the possibility that the 2012 ice loss was similarly down to factors other than global warming to Mark Brandon, a polar regions scientist. He agreed that this was very much a possibility and decried the poor coverage of the issue in the media. There can certainly be little doubt that we have only heard part of the story.
It would be interesting to see who hyped the ice loss in 2007 and who corrected their stories when the truth came out. And it would be interesting to see who hyped it again this time.