Transpolar Stream Current is now a free flowing sea river with broken sea ice all the way to the North Atlantic
~Another first in history
The collapse of what solid ice barrier remained at the shores of the Atlantic effectively has made the Transpolar Stream an open sea water river carrying sea ice directly to the Atlantic without the momentum of interconnected sea ice needed. This means a more rapid dumping of sea ice to melt.
A first in recorded history event, with ominous implications for the surviving sea ice.
2012 september 4 (above) had a substantial solid pack even with small leads on the Russian side of the North Pole, not at all like 2016 with a river of floating sea ice flowing all the way to the Atlantic. WD September 4,2016