Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dramatic Sea Ice Decline In Beaufort Sea in June 2015

The image below illustrates the dramatic fall in sea ice thickness (in m) in the Beaufort Sea over the past month. The left panel shows sea ice thickness on May 29, 2015, and the panel on the right shows sea ice thickness on June 29, 2015.

The 30-day animation below further illustrates this dramatic fall in sea ice thickness (from June 8-29, with forecast up to July 7, 2015).

Another perspective is sea ice concentration. The image below shows the high concentration back on May 1, 2015.

The 30-day animation below shows the dramatic fall in sea ice concentration (from June 8-29, with forecast up to July 7, 2015).

Below an interview by Judy Sole with Professor Peter Wadhams, held May 15, 2015, and entitled 'Our time is running out - The Arctic sea ice is going!'

Meanwhile, very high temperatures keep showing up within the Arctic Circle. On July 1, 2015, a temperature of 36°C (96.8°F) was reached near the Kolyma River that ends in the East Siberian Sea, as illustrated by the images below (green circle).

The image below also shows the location where this high temperature was reached (red marker), as well as the depth of the seabed and the Gakkel Ridge that runs in between the northern tip of Greenland and the Laptev Sea.


- High Methane Levels over Laptev Sea

- Accelerated Warming in the Arctic

- Gulf Stream brings ever warmer water into Arctic Ocean

- High Temperatures in the Arctic

- Heat Wave Forecast For Russia Early June 2015 

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Posted by Sam Carana on Tuesday, June 30, 2015


  1. Sea ice extent (NSIDC data) is the sixth smallest on record. Better to wait for PIOMAS data.
    Melting record this year will not be.

    1. Au contraire, Hubert. I believe that the speed the ice is melting will surpass everything we ever saw. First, you have huge land temperature anomalies, propelled by methane eruption through decaying permafrost. They're effects will be felt much matter in the year, so the ice retreat will continue into late September, so don't see the curve half full on this one. Second you have the jet stream behavior, that is the most erratic ever. And third the fact that this is a record year in Arctic temperature anomalies and maximums. You have 37º inland at East Siberia.

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