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Sea ice annual maximum

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Other topics for the week of March 6-12 include
- Shipping
- The Arctic Council holds its last big meeting before the US hands over chairmanship duties to Finland
- Norway’s annual Joint Viking military exercise
- Miners meet at PDAC
- Iditarod dog-sledge race

If you are looking to place a bet on the date when Arctic sea ice will reach its annual maximum, March 12 would be a safe choice. Between 1981 and 2010, this has been the date that, on average, sea ice has begun shrinking.

Those with good memories will know, however, that there is a big window: in 2016, the date was March 24. In 2015, it was a month earlier. Both set new lows for sea-ice extent.

So far, it is still possible for the 2017 date to be average. Sadly, most would be surprised if extent was, too.

Image: NSIDC