~Sudden melting from long in duration rapid movement of crushed sea ice with multiple leads warmed by sun rays
Last 3 days ending July 22 2018 JAXA extent depiction nothing short of amazing, despite partial cloudy conditions extremely fast melting is occurring easily more than 100,000 km2 in a day in this area alone. As we can see, with sea ice moving opposite to normal Gyre current.
Coming with the counter clockwise gyre current is this CMC depicted +9 C sea water, certain demise for any piece of ice.
And ECMWF July 27 forecast runs this water strait towards the main surviving pack. WD July 23,2018