Originally Posted by dugout
Evans, I've been watching the ice charts
for the last couple day. what do you think opened things up? wind
? Thanks for the reports!
I have not been looking at the eastern areas very closely the past few days - more focused on the weather
situation for the west bound boats. So, I am not sure why the ice moved the way it did.
There is still a 9/10 solid ice plug
in 'the main route', which did not open at all this year. I am not sure why the 'back door route' opened.
They have been having northerly winds, which usually jam these two eastern channels, but instead in blew the 'back door' ice plug
into pieces down the channel.
The simplest biggest factor is that just now (mid-sept) is usually the lowest ice extent time frame. You can actually see 'new ice' forming in the ice charts today.