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Hardly any drift ice around Spitsbergen

Not only the weather, but also the ice situation around Spitsbergen is currently very unusual. Especially the relatively high water temperatures have a strong effect on the formation and distribution of drift ice. Statistically, the annual maximum is reached in April. As little ice as now in early February is very unusual.

Further east, in Franz Josef Land, there is a dense and extensive drift ice cover.

Hardly any drift ice around Spitsbergen

Ice chart published on February 03, 2012.

Source (ice chart): Norwegian meteorological institute met.no

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last modification: 2014-07-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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