Source is JAXA
Now, as one can see, this isn’t unprecedented. I note 2005, 2006, and 2010 all had periods of time, before the minimum in which the “melt” paused.
Right now, if I had to guess, and a guess would be all that it would be, is that 2014 is going to finish between 2009 and 2010. That said, I don’t think it unreasonable that 2014 would finish even above 2009, though I wouldn’t bet on it.
So much for the death spiral.