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      DMI Ice analysts have the following short remarks concerning the ice situation for 2003-2007:



Greenland West

Greenland South

Greenland East

Winter 2003/04

Late Freeze-up (2-3 weeks)

(less than normal ice cover through the ice season)

Normal arrival of MY-ice from north

Normal or slightly lighter than normal

Summer 2004

Early break-up (2-4 weeks)

MY ice clearance in late August (3 weeks later than normal)

MY ice retreat to 74ºN (lighter than normal)

Fall 2004

Freeze up close to normal

No MY ice

MY ice cover below normal

Winter 2004/05

Less than normal ice cover throughout the ice season

Very late arrival of MY-ice from north (app. 3 months)

In general lighter ice cover than normal, but due to wind conditions ice cover above normal in the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland

Spring 2005

Early break-up, less ice than normal through 2nd Quarter

MY ice cover below normal

MY ice cover below normal

Summer 2005

Baffin Bay major break-up and clearance in late July and early August, close to normal for the area

Very low distribution of MY-ice. Early melt away.

MY ice coverage close to normal

Winter 2005/06

Late Freeze-up (3 weeks)


Normal arrival of MY-ice from north

Normal or slightly lighter ice cover than normal

Spring 2006

Less than normal ice cover


Normal arrival of MY-ice from north

MY ice cover normal

Summer 2006

Early break-up/clearance (2-4 weeks earlier than normal)

MY ice clearance in early August (normal)

MY ice retreat to 71ºN (slightly less than normal)

Fall 2006

Freezeup started 2-3 weeks later than normal

No sea ice. MY-ice passed 62N in December

MY ice coverage close to normal

Winter 2006/07

Late Freeze-up (3-4 weeks) and in general less ice than usual.

Normal arrival of MY-ice from north in January. Winter distribution normal

Normal or slightly lighter ice cover than normal

Spring 2007

Break-up /clearance close to normal

Normal Distribution of MY-Ice

Normal or slightly lighter ice cover than normal

Summer 2007

Baffin Bay clearance in early July and ice free late in August. Close to normal.

MY-ice clearance late in July. Approx. 2 weeks earlier than normal.

MY-ice retreat to 69°N in late August. Close tonormal.

Fall 2007

Freeze up about 2 weeks later than normal.

No sea ice before December (normal).

Ice cover slightly less than normal.

Winter 2007/2008

December was mild. From January more ice than normal.

More MY ice than normal.

Less MY ice than normal.

   
       
     

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