Hudson Bay sea ice well above average – excellent early December polar bear habitat

Sea ice development for this date is well above average on Hudson Bay – even more so than last week – making three years in a row of average-to-above average ice habitat available to polar bears in early December (see last week’s ice summary here). Coverage for the week of 11 December from 1971 to 2104 below (from Canadian Ice Service):

Hudson Bay freeze-up same week_Dec 11 1971_2014 w average

More maps below (from CIS and NSIDC), see others here.

Canadian Ice Service (CIS) maps for 2014 and 2013 below (Davis Strait ice developing rapidly):

Sea ice extent Canada 2014 Dec 11 CIS

11 December 2014


12 December 2013

12 December 2013

NSIDC map below:

Sea ice extent 2014 Dec 10_NSIDC

Related post:
Hudson Bay freeze-up has not been a day later each year since 1981 November 22, 2013

Churchill problem bears and early breakup dates in WHB: The 1983 & 2004 anomalies October 15, 2014

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