I had to post the following image because with clear skies it really paints the picture of ice state in the Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean. Ice state is excellent for significant losses this year, a re-run of 2013 and 2014 looks very unlikely.
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Image from Environment Canada HRPT visible.
Having posted this, I have been driven to carry on with some more data...
Above this region temperatures are rising as warm air is drawn in.
And Neil asks over at Neven's Blog about the drop in concentration shown in Bremen plost for the Chukchi Sea.
Normally I'd say wait few days, but this could actually be real and not due to weather fooling the sensors, for a start the sky is clear, and in favour of actual ice loss the air is warm, and winds are northwards over this region.
The Peripheral Seas or the Arctic Ocean Basin are the Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, the East Siberian Sea, and the Laptev Sea. They are shown in the graphic below highlighted in red.
I have given myself until Friday to decide whether I will enter a revised prediction for July's SIPN.