Sunday, May 29, 2011

Snow and Ice, or Lack Thereof

Here is a 500 meter resolution MODIS image from 255pm Sunday of northern Alaska. There is still a fair bit of snow cover close to the Beaufort Sea coast, and a lot of open water in both the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas for so early in the summer. According to the University of Illinois' Cyrosphere Today website, in both regions, areal ice cover is now 10 to 20 percent below the 1979-2008 average.

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