Today, sea ice in the Arctic continued what is shaping up to be a truly historic melt.
Sea ice area fell to 2.364 million square kilometers as sea ice extent fell to 3.614 million square kilometers. These measures reported by Cryosphere Today and JAXA are the lowest in the satellite record.
Looking at the sea ice, you will notice that many ship passages are open through the Arctic. Most of the Canadian Archipelago is clear of sea ice and a broad swath of ocean north of Russia is also clear.
Though melt trends do appear to be slowing, a daily retreat of ice at this time of year is very unusual. And this is just what we’re still experiencing. Given this inexorable melt, we should entertain the possibility that sea ice will continue to fade past the average cessation date on September 15th. And an extended period of melt this…
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