Thursday, August 16, 2018

Near 80 North super fast sea ice movement

~12 nautical miles a day is hardly dense pack ice speed
~Very fluid movement precedes rapid melting

August 15-16 2018 rapid movement of sea ice at about 80 degrees North 151 West, moving towards the NE. Look at biggest ice pan next to NASA worldview right hand lower corner box on 15th,  it moved 12 nautical miles in a day,  from experience of 2018 preceding ice now melted areas,  this kind of speed is a precursor to possible rapid melting,  because the ice pans,  especially the smaller ones,  are surrounded by water... wd August 16 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gradual melt will eventually show up as massive one day drop

~North of East Siberian sea ice peninsula is turning into thousands of little ice Islands
~One day soon it will be nothing but water
~Incredible smashing and mixing is a good melting accelerator 

   August 5 to 14 2018 huge area of sea ice dwindling to extinction in a methodic mixing manner: 
  180 W 75 N sector was driven by steady High pressure which turned the ice slowly towards the warmest Bering sea waters,  not without a great deal of mechanical mixing,  in a few days, JAXA will depict this zone as open water even if there will still be  sea ice present, but less than 15% extent.  WD August 15 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Laptev sea surface temperatures bites big time

~The entire Arctic Ocean ice pack veers clockwise from counterclockwise
~This gives a misleading slowdown in melt numbers,  it follows a usual pattern of fast-slow-slow- fast melt cycle
~North of Laptev sea Goodbye Waves abound,  a sure sign of warm seas

The ease by which sea ice pack veers or backs,  clockwise or counterclockwise by pressure system winds is a sure sign of thinness,  always intermixed with older sea ice,  but over all lesser weight of the entire pack means less momentum keeping one direction longer:
   Not long ago,  the pack turned the other way,  July 31 to August 7 JAXA loop demonstrates the presence of a steady anticyclone over the Arctic Ocean.  During the earlier switchover,  sea ice daily melts slowed down,  or appeared so,  because of scattering rather than a temperature effect.
Laptev sea was open early,  had plenty of time to pick up solar rays,  the result is rapid 7 day sea lost easily identifiable by bountiful Goodbye Waves,  these are done by sea ice just about to disappear as water.   Here 44.5 nautical miles melted in 7 days direction North,  August 1 to 7.   A speed of 6.4 nautical miles a day.   

   Also pushed North is this Laptev warm sst's very next to CMC 50% pack extents.  There is no melting slowdown possible when so.  WD August 7 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Totally unfamiliar wide region of sea ice between North of Greenland and Ellesmere

~I have no explanation for this
~One thing for sure,  it was not air temperature driven
~Highly likely abnormal under sea ice ocean temperatures

  First we look at 2012:

  Quite normal sea ice in densest pack ice field even for August 5 2012, then  a very terrible year for sea ice,  now look at this:

   This August 5 2018 sea ice area seems awfully weak,  even ready to melt off completely.  All I know is that there is a tidal current going towards the Strait between Greenland and Ellesmere Island,  it usually has a semi-circular look about 1/10 the size of this area.   WD August 5 2018

6 years later, what about 80 degrees North?

~2012 all time minima melt is on the brink of being surpassed
~In fact 2012 Central Arctic Basin is almost the same as 2018
~What is left is not what matters,  what matters is at 80 degrees North

To date,  Canadian Arctic Archipelago has 250,000 Km2 more sea ice than 2012,  strangely,  given the onslaught of broken sea ice which invaded the area, Beaufort sea has the same extent,  but East Siberian has another 250,000 Km2 more.  What is left is the Central Arctic Basin,  with 2018 having slightly less sea ice extent than 2012.  The colours which matter on the following AMSR2 Google graphs are orange 2012,  olive green 2016 and black 2018:

   All said and done,  today 2018 is still technically #1 in lowest extent since East Siberian and CAA ice will at least shrink by 400,000 km2 come minima in mid September.  Today was the 2012 great cyclone anniversary date,  which violently stirred and mixed up already emaciated sea ice,  lets look at 80 degrees North:

     80 degrees North 157 West  is in worse shape in 2018, what matters is the greater open water signifying greater melting,  2012 had more thin ice left.  Again,  the measuring limitations given by the 15% extent rule may not show a great difference in extent numbers between these two seasons.   Nevertheless,  this type of sea ice rot emplies East Siberian sea will be eventually surrounded by open water, easing the quicker melting of the ice peninsula further to its North .  The quicker this ice   disappears the more certain 2018 will be #1 lowest.  WD August 5 2018