~The current record pace sea ice melting has a significant wind component.
NASA Eosdis recent July 13-16 North Pole look was granted by lesser cloud cover. What was observed is sea ice moving towards North of Alaska, along with huge top of sea ice lake ponds.
Compressed sea ice by the persistent wind driven flow. Any change of winds would trigger decompression, wide open features are just about to start.
Just Northeast of Spitzbergen Island, North Atlantic front action continues unabated, at remarkable speeds (July 7 to 16). With a mixture of sea ice movement and rapid melting exemplified by "Goodbye Waves" remnants of about to completely vanish pack ice swiftly thawed by very warm sea surface temperatures. Again a different wind venue would trigger even more melting because of the just created and warming sea water. WD July 16 , 2020