Close to ice break-up at Barrow, Alaska?

June 14th, 2012 |
Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.64 µm visible and 1.61 µm near-IR images

Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.64 µm visible and 1.61 µm near-IR images

AWIPS images of Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.64 µm visible channel and 1.61 µm near-IR channel data (above) showed that there was a wide ice-free passage leading from the Bering Sea northward and northeastward through the Chukchi Sea toward Barrow, Alaska (station identifier PABR) on 14 June 2012. On the visible image, ice and optically thick clouds were brighter white, while on the near-IR image ice and water looked very dark (with supercooled water droplet clouds taking on a brighter appearance). Additional information on ice break-up at Barrow is available from the Sea Ice Group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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