There is still time yet for it to be worse, as with the Antarctic, but we have to wait for the annual summary. Then they will say 'it could have been a lot worse' if we didn't trash all the air conditioners for a trillion dollars. Melting all that steel in China, boosted air pollution and killed millions more than just leaving it alone.
So, the exercise for readers is to look at the January averages since 1979, and see if there is any difference. I generally expect it to get a lot bluer as the Arctic ice becomes thick. Then it will officially be 'the worst ever', but 'not as bad as it could have been'. :)