DMI now shows 30% concentration ice ahead of 2005 and 2009. There has been about 20% growth over the last two weeks.
Some years like 2005 (red) had essentially no growth during the same period. What happened this year is that the late ice “loss” starting in mid-August (which made our friends on the other side so happy) left a lot of cold water behind that refroze easily – once the wind stopped and the temperatures dropped below freezing.
Note the the heat released from the freezing ice is now showing up as a spike in the DMI temperature graph.