Above are the last 100 days of the European Sector animated using a cloud-free algorithm. Especially the Kara Sea is worth to look at - it became ice free within a few days. Unfortunately Fram Strait was mostly covered by clouds and the mass export is not visible. Make sure to switch to the high resolution version (1280x720) and go fullscreen.
Credit goes to the NASA Rapid Response Team
Above image taken by NOAA's AVHRR satellite shows active sea ice in the Lincoln Sea and North of Greenland. Current weather pattern support thick MYI drifting towards Fram Strait and Greenland Sea. A huge lead opened already end of February, but was closed later by changing wind directions.-> continue reading