Quarterly Outlook: March–May 2016

June 2016

Ice melt in the southern Beaufort Sea is off to an early start in 2016. Historically (1981–2010), ice breakup in the southern Beaufort Sea begins in the first half of June. In 2016, breakup conditions began at the end of April. At the end of May 2016, ice extent in the Beaufort Sea was at a record low for this time of year. These conditions are not normally seen until the end of July or early August. As for the extended outlook, conditions generally point toward "warmer and wetter" for June-September 2016, with some caveats. Download this quarter's publication for full details.

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