February 11 2017
A day to remember, the North Pole area has sea ice nearly identical at peak melts during late summers of a few years ago.
to its East Baffin Bay, West Fox basin, the sea ice of these seas are usually fluid even during coldest years, but it is very badly broken, with readily visible from space mega leads. This is not so rare but uncommon. It's been a significantly warmer winter than usual, like everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere.
Near the North Pole same NOAA HRPT 0908 UTC.
This is likely the first time when sea ice is so broken, fluid, and warm, really by the warmest winter in Arctic Ocean History. Sea ice is like a graph, it records the cumulative temperature of winter by exhibiting how "white" the ice shows on infrared Imagery, the only brilliant white here is on top of Greenland or very high clouds. Near Pole temperatures are easily 15 to +20 C above normal. The intense black is set to -10 C or warmer.
Note in particular the Canadian Greenlandic side once the last area of thick older sea ice. WD February 12,2017