Radically different melt seasons 4 years apart. 2016-2012 comparison.
July13 to 23 2016, we see more or less a standard Melt pattern. The Laptev "bite", the Beaufort melting zone , Fram Strait particularly flowing a little less than usual. But we see a huge shatter zone of rubble ice making CAB extent all time lowest.
Turns out July 13-23 2012, was largely atypical, with the Gyre movement appearing to turn counterclockwise, with the Beaufort melt zone receiving ice From Northeastern Russian seas.
Missing with 2016, the CAB huge shatter zone. In this sequence , 2012 appears to have a stronger CAB ice pack. But most of the ice in its peripheral shatter zones vanished. Leaving to wonder if 2016 will have no ice at all South of the Pole in the Russian sector.WD july 23,2016