This post is more for GRANDPA and JRC, because I think you may find it interesting. Loco/Loca won't be able to understand it because he doesn't even understand the difference between short-term weather and long-term climate.
"The climate of Antarctica, land surrounded by ocean, is governed much more by wind and ocean currents (than the Arctic). Some studies indicate climate change has strengthened westerly winds in the Southern Hemisphere, and because wind has a cooling effect, scientists say this partly accounts for the marginal increase in sea ice levels that have been observed in the Antarctic in recent decades.
"Another reason why the sea-ice extent in the Antarctic is remaining fairly high is, interestingly, the ozone hole."
"The ozone hole affects the circulation of the atmosphere down there. Because of the ozone hole, the stratosphere above Antarctica is quite cold. Ozone in the stratosphere absorbs UV light, and less absorption [by] ozone makes the stratosphere really cold. This cold air propagates down to the surface by influencing the atmospheric circulation in the Antarctic, and that keeps the sea ice extensive."
Above from http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Latest-N...
In the meanwhile, Antarctica itself is melting. In fact the melting actually causes more sea ice around Antarctica. Yes, Loco, it's paradoxical, and a little complex, so don't try to understand it.