Ice Forecast
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SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA
230 PM AKDT MONDAY 06 JULY 2015

FORECAST VALID...SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...MODERATE

SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN OVER MUCH OF THE CHUKCHI SEA
AND BEAUFORT SEA THROUGH SATURDAY. LOW PRESSURE WILL PERSIST OVER
THE SOUTHERN BERING SEA THROUGH SATURDAY.

-ARCTIC OCEAN-
-BEAUFORT SEA-
-CHUKCHI SEA-
PKZ510-EASTERN US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ505-CENTRAL US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ245-FLAXMAN ISLAND TO DEMARCATION POINT-
PKZ240-CAPE HALKETT TO FLAXMAN ISLAND-
PKZ235-POINT FRANKLIN TO CAPE HALKETT-

ICE COVERED.

-CHUKCHI SEA-
-BEAUFORT SEA-
PKZ500-WESTERN US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ230-CAPE BEAUFORT TO POINT FRANKLIN-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE LIES FROM THE ALASKA COAST NEAR BARROW TO 71.2N
162.0W TO 71.7N 165.1W TO 70.2N 168.6W TO 71.3N 173.6W TO 69.0N
176.4W TO THE RUSSIAN COAST NEAR 67.0N 173.3W. THE ICE EDGE IS
MAINLY OPEN WATER.

FORECAST THROUGH SATURDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...SOUTHEASTERLY TO
EASTERLY FLOW IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST OVER MUCH OF THE CHUKCHI SEA
ICE EDGE THROUGH SATURDAY. THE ICE EDGE EAST OF 161W IS VERY COMPACT
AT THIS TIME AND WE EXPECT MINIMAL ICE RETREAT THROUGH
SATURDAY...HOWEVER IN THE BARROW CANYON REGION WE EXPECT ICE
CONCENTRATIONS TO THE NORTH OF POINT BARROW TO SLOWLY CONTINUE
DECREASING DUE TO THE WIND FLOW AND LOCAL OCEAN CURRENTS. WEST OF
161W THE OVERALL ICE PACK IS EXPECTED TO SLOWLY CONTINUE DECREASING
IN CONCENTRATION WITH AN OVERALL ICE RETREAT 10 TO 20 NM TO THE
NORTHWEST THROUGH SATURDAY.

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