Western Alaska sea ice at lowest extent in 150 years, says NWS scientist

This article discusses the current state of Alaskan sea ice. It’s not good.

A scientist with the National Weather Service said the amount of sea ice off Western Alaska coasts this spring was the lowest in more than 150 years of record-keeping.

The long-term look is based on the online Sea Ice Atlas created in 2014 by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said Rick Thoman, a weather service climate scientist.

The database provides a long-term look at coastal sea ice from sources such as recent satellite data and historical records that include whaler’s logs and Danish and Norwegian ship records.

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