It looks like I'm back just in time to witness the breaking up of the ice plug in Kane Basin. This just in from the Aqua satellite:
It's a bit vague, but it looks as if the lower part of the plug is crumbling. If it is breaking up, how long will it take for ice transport to get going through Nares Strait?
This page will be updated the coming few days. Stay tuned...
Update June 18th
First thing I did today, was look at the MODIS near real-time gallery. Another murky image from the Terra satellite shows that the ice plug is still holding up! It seems that just another large layer has been peeled off the icy onion blocking the south end of Nares Strait:
Hopefully Aqua will give us a better view later today.
Update 2 June 18th
Aargh, I'm really out of shape. What I thought I saw in the real-time image above was just those small floes breaking off near the Greenland coast. But in fact this is the backside of the huge ice plug breaking away!
This can be clearly seen on today's ENVISAT ASAR image (available at DMI):
I also overlooked the big crack that was forming on the 16th (silly me):
Update 3 June 18th
And here it is, definitive confirmation:
Okay, so we're back to my initial question: How long will it take for ice transport to get going through Nares Strait?
Either way, it's animation time...