There is a lot of information on Arctic Ocean Circulation available via a google search. Much of it is prior to the 2007 minimum and most does not provide for comments as we get here in the Arctic Sea Ice blog.
As the Sun dips below the horizon, we are about two months past the northern Summer Solstice, and albedo effects from the middle of August to the End of Melt Season should not have as much impact on decline of sea ice area and extent. It seems as it it is a consensus water flow and wave action contribute most to the decline prior to re-freeze beginning during the last month (middle of September).
The Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012 with enormous mixing (circulation) essentially eliminated The Arm, a post in 2010,
WOW - did Neven hit the nail on the head with that one!
Now we have TWO ARMs ( peninsulas ) on each side of the Laptev Bite approximately 110E to 150E as pointed out so astutely: posted by Anu August 19, 2012 at 06:56 in the tread http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2012/08/record-dominoes-1-uni-bremen-sea-ice-extent/comments/page/2/#comments With the "hunch" by Anu and follow-up comments by a few others, perhaps we need to have a separate thread on Arctic Ocean Circulation - Mixing - Upwelling.
My prediction is the next Great Arctic Cyclone will virtually eliminate the Western Arm ~ 125E to 150E even though there is less 'fractured' ice near 85NH. It's because of the fresh water from Siberian Rivers across the Arctic to the Beaufort Sea.
and related release: NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshing Canadian Arctic o1.04.12
What are you observing in regards to circulation - mixing - upwelling around ocean ridges? Finding some interesting results from researchers which will add to our information during the next few (3-4) years. Share them with us.
Lastly, which of the Two Arms do you predict will melt out first (be eliminated), or both, or neither?
Now hope this simple rant does not cause Neven to take away my posting priviledge.