Franz Josef Land has near 0 C temperatures, but with sst's +2 C
Goodbye Waves a plenty, and some opposite Transpolar Stream action effectively returning the loose pack towards the North Atlantic on its Eastern sector:
JAXA chart keeps on showing expansion of sea ice, which is exactly following the 15% rule.
There is likely no freezing, mainly moving loose sea ice in contrary direction of the Transpolar Stream:
Looking carefully, even with colder sea water and air near the Pole, there is a presence of Goodbye Waves. But far skinnier than near Franz Josef Lands.
The apparent open water gap filling sea ice is nothing but pack ice having plenty of dispersing room. Note a huge sector of denser pack ice as well moving towards Russia, likely part of de-coiling of Canadian side sea ice. The 15% rule is very bad in describing this event pictographically. The sea ice provenance area has more expanded open water, this does not show at all on JAXA chart, because there is a great deal of shattering, sea ice moving one way, transpolar current moving the other, plenty of stress, movement and collisions, but what the chart doesn't show is the vastness of open sea water. Much greater than ever before near the North Pole. WD September 11,2016
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