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SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA
310 PM AKDT FRIDAY 03 JULY 2015

FORECAST VALID...WEDNESDAY 08 JULY 2015

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...HIGH

SYNOPSIS...LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE OFF TO THE EAST OF THE BEAUFORT
SEA BY SUNDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN SPREAD OVER MUCH OF THE
CHUKCHI SEA AND BEAUFORT SEA THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

-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 71.1N
159.8W TO 72N 165.1W TO 70.1N 169.5W TO 71.2N 174.3W TO THE RUSSIAN
COAST NEAR 68.1N 175.9W. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN WATER.

FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...SOUTHERLY TO
EASTERLY FLOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE ICE EDGE EAST OF
161W IS VERY COMPACT AT THIS TIME AND WE EXPECT MINIMAL ICE RETREAT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY...HOWEVER IN THE BARROW CANYON REGION WE EXPECT
ICE CONCENTRATIONS TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST 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 5
TO 15 NM TO THE NORTHWEST THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

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