Ten January Days in Baffin Bay

 

Sea ice forming in Baffin Bay.

Slowly but surely ice is building up on the Arctic Ocean fringes.  Baffin Bay in the center is shown growing ice the last ten days, while Gulf of St. Lawrence fills in on the left.

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Meanwhile on the Pacific side, Okhotsk on the left is filling in normally, while Bering is starting to catch up.

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Overall 2018 Arctic ice has reached 13.5M km2, about 500k km2 or 4% below average. The deficit comes half each from Barents and Bering Seas. Two months remain to reach annual maximum with the standard this decade being about 15M km2.

 

Drift ice in Okhotsk Sea at sunrise.

via Science Matters

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January 21, 2018 at 01:06PM

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