Scant near North Pole visuals; sea ice is badly broken up towards the Atlantic Front.
For august 11, we only have 2016, 2014 and 2013 with clear enough skies. We know that 2016 is badly broken up on the North Atlantic quadrant of the Pole all the way to 88 North within the area of 00 Longitude along the Trans Polar Stream. 2014 looked like solid consolidation in comparison. Much more broken with open sea water than 2013, which always was an interesting year. 2016 has had great sea ice volume losses towards the Atlantic, not necessarily showing well with the numbers. This area of sea ice has very serious implications with Central Arctic Basin consolidation, if open water dilutes further this sea ice, it would mean more unstable situation leading for more massive losses or melting. WDAug12,2016