Monday, June 22, 2009

Extent of June 21st Sea Ice

The graphic above is from data collected June 21, 2009 from the National Snow & Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For our purposes, sailing Fiona to Alaska this summer, it is good to see the ice opening up on the Greenland west coast and north of Baffin Island in the Lancaster Sound. The Center reports today that "the pace of ice melt is accelerating."

For comparison, the graphic below shows the ice situation at the end of May.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported on June 3, 2009, "After a slow start to the melt season, ice extent declined quickly in May. Scientists are monitoring the ice pack for signs of what will come this summer. The thinness of the ice pack makes it likely that the minimum ice extent will again fall below normal, but how far below normal will depend on atmospheric conditions through the summer."

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