When I missed some weeks of the melting season - occupied with lower latitude stuff - I usually check two things first: Neven's Sea Ice Blog and the composite images from the Canadian Ice Service. The former because of the comprehensive biweekly ASI overviews and the latter because of the mostly cloudfree and high resolution quality.

These false colour composites image highlight colour differences between sea ice and cloud. As a result, sea ice and snow appear light blue and clouds appear white (and purple over water) and are created every Wednesday using the preceding week’s images.

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