I guess that's what you get when you complain there is no daily data and so many satellites are crashing and burning. First the NSIDC released data from the NASA IceBridge Mission, that was turned into a map by commenter 'deconstruct' in no time flat. In between Cryosphere Today resolved its server issues and is putting out daily data again.
But the greatest news of all, and I had never expected that, was that IJIS (or IARC-JAXA Information System, a Japanese-US/Alaskan collaboration) resumed output of daily data:
All of this happening on practically the same day. Wow. Amazing.
Time to work at my spreadsheets. This post will be updated a couple of times, with for instance the CAPIE graph (!). Ladies and gentlemen, we are back in business.
Update May 17th:
And here's the new and improved CAPIE graph:
Of course not much to see yet, as CAPIE numbers are usually between 90% and 95% at this time of year, but the numbers are starting to go down slowly. I'll make monthly graphs for the ASI updates.
Some first impressions of the IJIS comeback:
Lots of century breaks. 13 so far, whereas there have never been more than 3 until May 15th in the 2005-2011 period. Of course there's a lot of thin ice, so there should be more century breaks than average, but this obviously has to do with the switch from AMSR-E to WindSat, a satellite operated by the US Navy that has been in orbit for 9 years now. The data have become much 'noisier', according to Al Rodger. Lodger informs us that resolution is now 25x25 km (with AMSR-E it was 12.5x12.5 km) and that the North Hole has become slightly bigger.