KARA sea ice appears to have significant melting and extensive water ponds
Kara sea next to Russia shore has lost a lot of sea ice, with remaining having greenish colours indicating melt ponds.. Note the 'goodbye waves' in the dark sea, precursor sea ice just about to completely melt and merge with sea water.
Comparison with 2010-2017 makes 2018 most favorable about melting rates exceeding 2012, the wider open dark sea water zone of 18 rivals 2010, but is most significant causing its remaining sea ice very vulnerable. WD June 12, 2018