Summer cyclone chewing up Canada’s Arctic sea ice
Ice coverage is slightly about last year’s record low but still well below the 30-year average.
Ice coverage is well above last year
Back when the sea was thick and lasted for years, cyclones tended to spread the ice out and actually increase its extent, said Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. Now, when ice gets spread out, it simply breaks up and disappears.
The ice is spreading out and the extent is increasing, exactly as it did in years past.
“As our ice cover has thinned, some of our old rules are changing,” said Stroeve.
No they aren’t. Ice extent just took a large jump up and ice now fills most of the Beaufort Sea.