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):
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):
NSIDC map below:
Hudson Bay freeze-up has not been a day later each year since 1981 November 22, 2013