snow , as if it never happened. But it is still there, under very thin or snow covered sea.
There is a stalemate in the Atlantic front, very warm North Atlantic waters keep any progression of sea ice at bay.
80 N 166 W NASA captures 8, 10 and 16 September, leaves no doubt of further melting from within, a compacted ice pack would have less water from within.
78 N 173 E, proof of melting again, with a very small bit of compaction can be determined by the slight displacement of largest pans at right, while bigger number of goodbye waves in a mere 2 days. WD September 16 2018