~With clouds rarely absent , a glimpse of pre-minima very late melting
Extraordinary "Goodbye Waves" action, EOSDIS September 9 and 13, notice they differ in 4 days, indicating different ice melting, because a goodbye wave is a final wave of an individually distinct ice mass. This loop confirms current active melting when the minima should have been declared, the picture with less sea ice is on the 13th. Sea ice agglomeration density of thousands of little ice islands significantly reduced as well.
Wrangle Island has +9 C surface water near by, seen top left, during same 9-13 loop , all these remaining micro packs are doomed. Notice internal melting mid extreme right.
We are not even dealing with compaction, which if allowed, would rapidly reduce sea ice extent
even more dramatically, a considerable cyclone would do so. WD September 13, 2018
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