Commenter Dr Tskoul posted a link to this Youtube video he made from the MODIS Terra satellite for days 90 to 143:
It looks spectacular, doesn't it? All because of the large and strong high pressure system I mentioned in the first ASI update. Check out the animation of DMI SLP images and focus on that big yellow/orange/red blob over the Beaufort Sea.
Last year that region looked quite spectacular as well:
2010 wasn't bad either with the Amundsen Gulf almost devoid of ice:
2009 is a different story:
In fact I would've expected this year to look similar to 2009, as the ice should be thicker in this part of the Arctic, but it's too early to tell as of yet, so we'll have to see how this develops.
My thanks goes out to Dr Tskoul for making this animation of the forces of nature and what the ice will allow to happen.