Several people are concerned that the ice in the Beaufort Sea appears to be “low concentration” See the green rectangle below
Satellite imagery shows what is really going on. The Beaufort Sea is full of large chunks of thick multi-year ice. When the wind blows, interstitial space opens up between the rounded blocks.
It will take a long time to melt through all that thick ice, and I don’t know if the remaining eight weeks is long enough.