May 2018 PIOMAS sea ice anomaly map . in particular we look at Western Novaya Zemlya region
NASA worldview February 9. March 9, April 9, May 9 and June 9 2018 Western Novaya Zemlya viewed from the South:
Red 1.5 meters North East NZ having spectacular water intermix
First of all, there is extensive wide open water NE of NZ , secondly the flow is spectacularly lazy. no very extensive ridging is possible amongst open water!