I am comparing it with 1st November 2014/15 because that's the season with the lowest maximum in red.
I also plot the season 1982/83 because that's the one with the greatest extent in blue.
2012 was the year with the lowest summer minimum, but because we are in the winter season I display the year's with the greatest and lowest winter extent.
If you want to compare it directly with November 2012 I have copied the table from my latest blog below.
As you can see the 1st of November 2016 is 900,000 square kilometres lower than that of the 1st of November 2012, which is around 9.2% lower by area which is a massive difference.
As you can also see, it's also almost 2 million square kilometres lower than November 2014 as the graph shows.
My money is on an ultra low maximum this season, but I don't think I'd make much because at the moment it looks odds on.