After following this for about 6 years I’m not that prone to shock but I am shocked today.
Look at the wind in the Central Arctic Basin, At nearly 40 km/hr it is more than enough to churn up already thin ice.
The winds near Bering Strait and above Siberia are nearly 70 km/hr!!
Combine that with temrperature anamolies and make your own conclusions.
I have reorientated the map to make it more comprehensible
The Arctic looks positively balmy!
Have a look at the temperature anomalies for the region....
Look at the Jet Stream winds.
Now for a verbal description.
«This storm will spread out a lot of ice. It seems that other storms will follow the same path forming a train, which can end breaking and spreading the pack finishing on a similar shape as of 2016.
Just that this is thinner younger ice.
The general circulation adds a small push in the to-Atlantic direction.
Expect sustainable decreases of area, and extent for at least the first half of August.
Bottom melt won't stop until well into September or beyond.»