~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:
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