The image above, supported by the table later on shows that in June water has opened up as usual this time of year. On the North American side, Bering and Okhotsk (bottom left) were already ice-free, so that Chukchi and Beaufort opened (bottom center). Meanwhile, in Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay (bottom right) ice has retreated, and given the shallow depth of Hudson Bay it will go ice-free soon.
The picture is more mixed on the Euro-Russian side. East Siberian (left) is nearly normal, with Laptev and Kara down (upper left) below the 12 year average. Barents (upper center) has more ice than usual, and is still hanging onto Svalbard.
Note that the NH ice extent 12 year average declined from 11.8M km2 to 9.8M km2 during in the last 30 days. MASIE 2019 shows a slower decline from 10.9M km2 to 9.3M km2. Thus the current deficit to average has reduced during June from 778k km2 to 506k km2, or 5.2% of average. That track is close to 2010 and below other years.
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The table shows where the ice is distributed to make the 5.2% defict to average. Beaufort Chukchi and Laptev Seas make up most of the NH deficit to average, while Kara and Baffin contribute the rest.
Illustration by Eleanor Lutz shows Earth’s seasonal climate changes. If played in full screen, the four corners present views from top, bottom and sides.