~Snow showers can confuse data to look like sea ice but there are some differences.
First off, JAXA extent data kept showing some expansion less one day since the almost official minima, this is confirmed on satellite pictures, but sea ice is scattering thinner, eventually dispersion will show up in the data, extent expansion should stall, even despite the 15% rules:
Vast expansion of scattered sea ice towards Central Russia from Pole. Infers also that open sea water is expanding, but JAXA daily extent data numbers does not seem to collapse daily expansiveness, rather mostly the contrary. There is, however, a very good explanation:
Invasion of what is left of the Multiyear ice shows striking image, the top sea ice is smooth the bottom ravaged by -1 C water. Top sea ice layer has less salt and would be the last to go. But this bergybit is surrounded by what appears to be smooth sea ice, look carefully, it is submerged fresh snow for the most part some segments have the snow sticking above water level.
Fresh snow on lower tide sea shore gradually submerging in deeper water.
Submerged snow differs from grey ice in colour and texture, it mostly appears smooth.
this years icescape of huge areas of Arctic Ocean broken sea ice makes the accurate measurement of sea ice even more difficult. Ice floes smother the wind and wave action moving the snow to pile up or disperse. In 2012, Cryosphere today data recorded a vast expanse of submerged snow as sea ice during calm winds. Likewise 2016 most certainly has had expanding sea ice numbers earlier on account, in part, of snow fall. Summer/Autumn Arctic 2016 atmosphere has very moist air.WD September 18, 2016
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