This final outlook of 2017 focuses only on the remaining sea ice in the Wales to Shishmaref area
The ice along the coast continues to deteriorate and is no longer shorefast. Very close pack ice extends 1 to 3 nautical miles offshore. Beyond that is open water and sea ice free conditions, with the exception of a small area of open pack ice that extends up to 15 nautical miles offshore near Shishmaref.
NWS hourly weather graph for Shishmaref
Near the Wales to Shishmaref coast, pieces of ice are expected to gradually break off the very close ice pack while concentration along the ice edge continues to quickly diminish through the next week. Pieces that break off of the pack will rapidly melt as they move into warmer waters offshore.
NWS Alaska Sea Ice Program 5-day Sea Ice Forecast
Winds on Friday Jun 9th will be northerly 15 to 20 kt (15 to 20 mph) and diminish to 10 to 15 kt (10 to 15 mph) on Sunday June 11th. Variable winds 10 kt (10 mph) or less will develop on Monday June 12th and persist through Wednesday June 14th. Winds will shift to northeast 15 to 20 kt (15 to 20 mph) Thursday June 15th.
Temperatures will remain near to slightly above normal from Friday June 9th to Friday June 16th.
Daily Weather, Wind, and Temperature Updates
The National Weather Service provides twice-daily, text only updates on the weather, wind, and temperature conditions in specific geographical zones. An interactive weather map for access to other Alaskan zones can be found here: http://weather.gov/anchorage/ice
Wind maps are updated daily and can be viewed here: http://www.weather.gov/afg/SIWO_overview