This is a brief update to the first Flushing out the Fjord post.
It looks some more ice is being flushed out of the Illulisat fjord. Here's an animation of the past week:
Although it looks quite spectacular, this isn't as uncommon as I suspected it to be. I'm going to look some farther back when I've mustered enough courage to dive into the archives, but I did find an image dating from 2009 (coincidentally on the second day the MODIS satellite images could be viewed online, March 19th):
Not as much flushing as this year, but plenty enough to not get ahead of ourselves (maybe 'myself' would be more accurate). Up till now I thought the plug at the end of the fjord kept the ice from drifting out into Disko bay (to dance and party, I'm sure), but hey, I've only been looking at the Arctic this intensely for 10 months now. Besides, when a NASA IceBridge project scientist says it is 'something he has never seen before' I tend to take notice, you know? Bloody alarmist fearmongers. ;-)
I'll look into it some more and might get back on this, but I'd encourage everyone to give a shout if they have more info or ideas. It's one of the most interesting thing to keep an eye on, as long as the melting hasn't started for real yet.
Here's a link to Mauri Pelto's article on Jakobshavn Isbrae for some more general info, with two Landsat images at the bottom comparing this year and last year.