Now that the formidable ice plug in Smith Channel has finally broken up (see this blog post from a few days ago) the rest of the ice in Nares Strait gets a chance to start moving.
The coming days a high pressure system is forecast to roam the area, meaning 1) high temperatures and insolation that will further fragment the ice, and 2) clear skies that should deliver nice, clear MODIS images of the event. So the coming weeks I will update this animation that shows the whole of Nares Strait.
As always I advise to focus on one part of the animation, instead of trying to take it all in at once.
Update June 20th: Added today's image. Looks like the current has reversed!
Update June 21st: Added today's image. Current is still flowing from Baffin towards Lincoln, but there's a bit more fracturing around Franklin Island and in Kane Basin.
Update June 27th: Added today's image. The current has re-reversed!
Update June 29th: Some more ice breaking up at the entrance of Kane Basin.
Update July 1st: Added yesterday's image (day 181). Things are cracking up.
Update July 2nd: Added yesterday's image (day 182). Things are on the move!
Update July 3rd: Added yesterday's image (day 183). Except for the fast ice between Petermann Glacier and the Lincoln Sea, everything is moving.
Update July 4th: Added today's image (day 185). Even the fast ice between Petermann Glacier and the Lincoln Sea is moving now.
Update July 5th: Added today's image (day 186). Ladies and gentlemen, we have transport.
Update July 7th: Added today's image (day 188) and deleted a few others so that the animation doesn't get too big. Transport is still going, and fast.
Update July 9th: Added today's image (day 190). A lot of wind from the east apparently. Check out the blooms.