People sometimes say that watching the Arctic sea ice melt is like watching paint dry. Well, let me ask them this: does their freshly painted wall have a NASA satellite monitoring it? Because if they do, I'm coming over with a beer and a bag of salted pistachios.
Yes, we're finally there. The MODIS white ball has been growing smaller and smaller and will be gone in a couple of days. And this means the gazing for things out of the ordinary is resuming. Of course, speculation has already started here and there, as the fringes of the ice pack have been visible for quite a while. I had a look at the situation in the Bering Strait, and Patrick Lockerby's first guest post here focused on the ice in Baffin Bay. Over on Patrick's blog, in the comment section of Arctic Ice March 2001 Update #2, we already had a bit of a look at Nares Strait, which is one of the most interesting things to keep an eye on in the Arctic, especially around this time.
So to celebrate the return of the full Arctic Mosaic I'll give a brief overview of the current situation in the Nares Strait: