Sea Ice Advisory


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SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA 
250 PM AKDT FRIDAY 29 AUGUST 2014 

FORECAST VALID...WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2014

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...HIGH.

SYNOPSIS...A POLAR LOW WILL REMAIN STATIONARY NORTH OF BARROW 
THROUGH TUESDAY, THEN MOVE EASTWARD THROUGH THE BEAUFORT SEA ON 
WEDNESDAY.
 
-ARCTIC OCEAN-

ICE COVERED.

-CHUKCHI SEA-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE LIES FROM A POINT ROUGHLY 90 NM NORTH OF POINT 
BARROW TO 71.9N 158.9W TO 71.7N 160.5W TO 71.9N 162.1W TO 73.3N 
166.1W TO 72.9N 174.9W TO 74.2N 179.8W TO 72.8N 175E AND CONTINUES 
WEST INTO THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN WATER. 

FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...MODERATE NORTH TO 
WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE ICE EDGE EAST OF 165W IS 
EXPECTED TO MELT BACK TO THE NORTH UP TO 45 NM BY WEDNESDAY. THE ICE 
EDGE WEST OF 165W WILL SEE MINIMAL CHANGES THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS 
WARMER SEAS SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL COUNTER THE STRONG NORTHERLY 
WINDS.
  
-BEAUFORT SEA-
PKZ240-CAPE HALKETT TO FLAXMAN ISLAND-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE LIES FROM THE WEST COAST OF BANKS ISLAND NEAR 
73.3N 124.5W TO 70.9N 134.1W TO 71.2N 138.5W TO 72.1N 143.6W TO 
73.2N 145.5W TO 72.5N 150.2W TO A POINT ROUGHLY 90 NM NORTH OF POINT 
BARROW. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN WATER. 

FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR THE BEAUFORT SEA...SOUTHERLY TO 
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW WILL PERSIST OVER MUCH OF THE ICE EDGE THROUGH 
WEDNESDAY. THE ICE EDGE IS EXPECTED TO SHIFT 10 TO 25 NM TO THE 
NORTH THROUGH WEDNESDAY. 

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