Beaufort has already started to collapse, I will have more about that in a post to follow when I have the time tomorrow. For now, I have amended images from Meereisportal for a close look at Cryosat 2 ice thickness in Beaufort.
More commentary about the recent Cryosat 2 data is available from Neven at the Arctic Sea Ice Blog.
This ties in with PIOMAS grid box effective thickness which as of this February (and March as well) was the lowest on record. February being 1.5m thick.
Whilst the Siberian coast remains more normal, and the current collapse of Beaufort may stall as it hits the export of multi year ice into Beaufort, prospects for a very low minimum, possibly beating 2012 look good. So we may be in for an exciting year in the Arctic Ocean. Fingers crossed for a classic melt season.