Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Archive

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure will remain over the Alaska mainland and southern Chukchi and Beaufort seas through Monday as low pressure generally remains north of Alaska over the High Arctic. Near St. Lawrence Island The remaining sea ice is east of Savoonga off the northeast side of the island near Lietnik and Camp Kulowiye. Very open pack ice consisting of brash ice extends 35 miles (56 km) to the northeast of the shore, then there is an area of close pack ice consisting of brash ice and small floes beyond that. This ice is melting very quickly as it drifts off to the northeast. Nome The outlook has concluded for the season for this area. Brevig Mission/Port Clarence Area The outlook has concluded for the season for this area. Wales to Shishmaref The only...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis A low will move north through the Chukchi Sea into the high Arctic through Saturday as high pressure moves off to the east. High pressure will reestablish over the southern Beaufort Sea Sunday and Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island The remaining sea ice is east of Savoonga off the north and east sides of the island. Off the north side of the island is very close to consolidated pack ice consisting of small to big floes. This pack ice extends up to 20 nm (32 km) north of the coast. East of the island is an area of close pack ice that consists of brash ice and ice cakes with very few small to medium floes left. Nome The outlook has concluded for the season for this area. Nome port entrance webcam (via AOOS webpage): https://bering-sea.portal.aoos.org/?...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure remains over the Chukchi Sea while low pressure sits in the Gulf of Alaska. Near St. Lawrence Island No shorefast ice is left around St. Lawrence Island. There is an area of compacted ice against the coast between Gambell and Savoonga up to 1.3 miles (0.5 km) offshore with mostly open water beyond. An area of close pack ice sits 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Gambell as well as 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Gambell. Waters around Savoonga are open, with two small areas of close pack ice 15 miles (24 km) to the north and 25 miles (40 km) to the northeast. There remains a large area of compacted ice between Ataakas Camp and Camp Kulowiye that extends up to 22 miles (35 km) offshore. Beyond is open water. and area of close pack ice is...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure remains over the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea through next week. Near St. Lawrence Island Low stratus clouds have prevented a recent view of the island. Shorefast ice is mainly on the northeast side of the island and extends up to 2 miles (3km) from shore. Most of the ice on the north side of the island is very close pack ice to compact pack ice. There appears to be several areas of very open to open pack ice between Gambell and Taphook Point. The pack ice has been streaming down the west side of the island where it is thinning, melting in warmer water. There is a little more spacing in the close pack ice on the east side of the island where it is also melting in the warmer water. Beyond the consolidated ice on the...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure in the Bering Sea drifts northward through Sunday. Low pressure moves from Kamchatka towards the Aleutian Chain through the weekend. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice is mainly on the northeast side of the island and extends up to 2 miles (3km) from shore. The largest floes are from the west to north of the island, where there are areas of close pack ice consisting of big to vast floes. Between Gambell and Savoonga, as well as near Camp Iveetok, are polynyas that extend up to 6 miles (10 km) offshore before the close pack ice begins. From Booshu Camp around the southern side of the island to near Camp Kulowiye is sea ice free to at least 40 miles (64km) offshore. Nome The only sea ice remaining in the Nome area is shorefast ice...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure over the eastern Bering will migrate north to the North Slope over the weekend. A low moving over the Aleutians will affect the Bering Sea through Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice is mainly on the northeast side of the island and extends up to 5 miles (8km) from shore. The largest floes are to the west and northwest of the island, where there are areas of close pack ice consisting of big to vast floes. Otherwise, there are several areas of open to close pack ice consisting of small to big floes to the north of the island as well as south of Booshu Camp and Powooiliak Camp. The rest of the area is open water to very open pack ice. Nome The only sea ice remaining in the Nome area is shorefast ice between Singigyak and...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis High pressure remains over the southern Bering Sea. A polar low north of the Bering Strait moves eastward and weakens Friday, then another polar low will move east toward the Chukchi Sea Saturday through Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice is mainly on the north side of the island and extends up to 5 miles (8km) from shore. A large piece of shorefast ice (18 miles or 30 km long and 8 miles or 13 km wide) broke off east of Savoonga near Camp Iveetok but now appears grounded just a few miles offshore and to the east. While there are large areas of open water around the island, there is open to close pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes mainly off the west and north sides of the island. One main area is just offshore between Booshu...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis Weak and broad low pressure remains over the Gulf of Alaska, extending into the Bering Sea and Mainland Alaska. Friday and Saturday, several low-pressure systems will traverse east Asia into the Chukchi Peninsula and eventually the Bering Strait on Sunday, then the eastern Beaufort Sea on Monday. High pressure builds into the southern Bering Sea by the middle of next week while another weak low pressure traverses the Bering Strait. Overall, expect weak systems to track from the Chukchi Peninsula across the Bering Strait onto the mainland. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice is mainly on the north side of the island. Shorefast ice does not extend much offshore Gambell/Savoonga, around 1/2 mile (.8 km), but does extend 1 to 3 miles (1.6–4.8 km)...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis Strong low pressure remains over the central Bering Sea and will move into the Gulf of Alaska over the weekend while another low traverses the Aleutians through next week. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice on the south side of the island has largely melted. A small amount remains from Powooiliak (Pugughileq) Camp northeastward toward, but not to, Silook Camp around 1–2 miles (1.6–3.2 km) offshore. A large polynya extends from the south coast out to 25 nm. Beyond the polynya is decaying first year ice (small to big floes). Shorefast ice remains largely intact across the north and east sides of the island. Shorefast ice does not extend much offshore Gambell/Savoonga, around 1/2 mile (.8 km), but does extend 1 to 3 miles (1.6¬–4.8 km) between the...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis A strong low pressure will traverse the Aleutians, moving into the Gulf of Alaska on Saturday. A Kamchatka low will send a front into the western Bering Sea on Sunday/Monday. The Bering Strait/Norton Sound area will remain under either weak low pressure from the south or weak high pressure from the north through next week. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice on the south side of the island has largely melted and broken off due to wind/wave action. A small amount remains from Powooiliak Camp (Pugughileq) northeastward toward but not to Silook Camp around 1–2 miles (1.6–3.2 km) offshore. Otherwise, off the south of the island is very open to open pack ice comprised of decaying first year ice (small to big floes). Shorefast ice remains largely...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis Low pressure over the southwestern Bering Sea will move toward St. Matthew Island through Saturday, then weaken through Monday. Another low will track northeast toward the western Aleutian Islands on Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice extends up to 6 miles (10 km) from shore along the north, east, and south sides of the island. Beyond the shorefast ice along the north side of the island from Savoonga east, compact pack ice exists consisting of vast to giant floes. West of Savoonga is close pack ice consisting of big to giant floes. There is a polynya extending up to 23 miles (37 km) from the west coast of the island. Along the south side of the island, shorefast ice generally runs 2 to 3 miles (3 to 5 km) offshore. There is a smaller...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis Low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Alaska persists through Friday. High pressure moves from the western Bering to the eastern Bering through late week. Thursday through Saturday, a warm front pushes northward through the western/central Bering Sea. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice exists on the north, east, and south sides of the island. Between Gambell and Savoonga, shorefast ice has grown, extending up to 16 miles (25 km) to the northeast of Gambell but only 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north of Savoonga. Between Ataakas Camp and Alngeeyak, up to 12 miles (19 km) offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice along the north side of the island, compact pack ice exists consisting of vast to giant floes. Along the south side of the island, shorefast generally...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis A front draped from west to east across the Bering Sea will dissipate as the associated low pressure weakens and move into the Gulf of Anadyr. Broad and weak low pressure will remain over much of the Bering Sea through the week, coupled with Arctic high pressure to keep the area in a light northerly wind regime. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice exists on the north, east, and south sides of the island. From Gambell to Savoonga, shorefast extends up to 4 miles (6 km) offshore. The largest extent of shorefast ice lies between Ataakas Camp and Alngeeyak, up to 8.5 miles (13.6 km) offshore. Along the south side of the island, shorefast ice generally runs 2 to 3 miles (3 to 5 km) offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice along the north side of the island...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis An area of low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska will be reloaded several times over the next week. Broad and weak low pressure will extend over the ice pack. A front will enter the western Bering Sea early next week. Near St. Lawrence Island Shorefast ice extends out from the north, east, and south shores up to 6 miles. A polynya on the south side of the island extends 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 km) from the edge of the shorefast ice and continues to quickly fill in with new ice. From Savoonga east, compact pack ice consisting of vast and giant floes extends from the north coast of the island to the Bering Strait and beyond. West of Savoonga and around the west side of the island, close pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes extends to 50 miles (...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – High pressure remains over the Arctic while weak low pressure stays over the mainland. Some stronger northerly wind will develop through the Bering Strait over the weekend. Near St. Lawrence Island Please note that the most recent imagery we have for this area is the afternoon of June 15th. There is shorefast ice along the north side of St. Lawrence Island between Camp Iveetok and Camp Kulowiyi extending 1 to 3 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is open water to very open pack ice that consists of brash ice up to small floes. Confidence is lower for concentration in this area. Close pack ice existed around 7 miles offshore, comprised of brash ice up to medium floes. That area extends northward through the...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – Weak low pressure will exist over much of the Chukchi Sea through the mainland. High pressure remains over the Arctic. Near St. Lawrence Island Please note that the most recent imagery we have for this area is the afternoon of June 7th. There is shorefast ice along the north side of St. Lawrence Island between Camp Iveetok and Camp Kulowiyi extending 1 to 3 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is close pack ice consisting of ice cakes to medium floes, along with brash ice extending up to approximately 80 miles to the northeast beyond the shorefast ice. There is also open to close pack ice consisting of brash ice along the north coast west of Camp Iveetok as well as along the west side of the island. South and...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – Low pressure will generally remain over the Bering Strait region through Monday, with high pressure over the eastern Beaufort Sea during that time. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice along the north side of St. Lawrence Island extending 1 to 5 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is compact pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes extending up to 18 miles beyond the shorefast ice. The nearest sea ice to Gambell is approximately 20 miles to the west and is close pack ice consisting of mainly brash ice. South of the island is open water. To the east of the island is open pack ice to close pack ice consisting of small to big floes up to 8 miles east of the island. Nome The nearest sea ice is 25...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – A low will meander around the southwest Bering Sea through Sunday as another weak low develops over the central Bering Monday. High pressure will remain over the Chukchi Sea. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice, mainly on the north side of St. Lawrence Island, generally extending 1 to 5 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is consolidated to compact pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is a polynya consisting of open water beyond the shorefast ice between Gambell and Savoonga that is 15 to 20 miles wide. There is open compact pack ice 10 miles west of Gambell and open water south of the island. To the east of the island is very open pack ice to open water. Nome There is an area of open...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – Generally quiet weather until a low moves across the Aleutian Islands starting on Saturday. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice, mainly on the north side of St. Lawrence Island, generally extending 1 to 5 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is consolidated to compact pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is a polynya consisting of open water beyond the shorefast ice between Gambell and Savoonga that is 5 to 15 miles wide. There is compact pack ice 2 miles west of Gambell, and open water south of the island. To the east of the island is open pack ice that extends 20 to 25 miles offshore. Nome The only remaining shorefast ice in this area is near Sinuk and it extends up to 2 miles...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – A low will gradually move eastward across the southern Bering Sea through Saturday, then move south into the North Pacific Sunday and Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice, mainly on the north and east side of St. Lawrence Island, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north side of the island is compact pack ice to consolidated ice consisting of medium to vast floes. To the east and west of the island is open pack ice that extends 23 miles to the west of the island and 11 miles to the east of the island. To the south of the island is open water extending up to 90 miles. Nome Shorefast ice around the Nome area extends up to 2 miles offshore from Sinuk to near Solomon, and up to 7 miles offshore...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – A low pressure system will remain in the eastern and southern Bering Sea through the week. High pressure will remain over the Arctic, which will keep offshore flow going for the next week. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice, mainly on the north and east side of St. Lawrence Island, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore. There is no shorefast ice remaining on southern shores. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north and east sides of the island is compact pack ice to consolidated ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is a large polynya south of the island that extends 40 to 60 miles away from the island. It is mainly open water. Beyond that polynya is close pack ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is also a polynya...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – High pressure over the Bering Sea will continue to build in from Siberia. Low pressure over the mainland of Alaska will weaken and drift east. Weak low pressure will develop along the southern Beaufort Sea and northern Chukchi Sea Saturday. A north Pacific low will move into the Bering Sunday and Monday then dissipate through Thursday. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice on the north, east, and south sides of St. Lawrence Island, however, it looks to be decaying along the east and south sides of the island. On the north and south sides, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore, and on the east side, extending 2 to 3 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north and east sides of the island is close pack ice to consolidated ice...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – Several low pressure systems will move into the southeastern Bering Sea through Monday. High pressure will remain over the Chukchi Sea. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice on the north, east, and south sides of St. Lawrence Island. On the north and south sides, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore, and on the east side, extending 2 to 5 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north and east sides of the island is close pack ice to consolidated ice consisting of medium to vast floes with the exception of an area of open water approximately 4 miles north of Savoonga and stretching 30 miles to the northeast. There is a polynya south of the island that extends up to 32 miles south of Powooiliak (Pugughileq) Camp and 40 miles...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – High pressure builds over the Bering Sea through Saturday. A low will move westward across the North Pacific Sunday through Wednesday. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice on the north, east, and south sides of St. Lawrence Island. On the north side, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore, and on the east side, extending 2 to 5 miles offshore. The south side of the island has minimal shorefast ice, mainly stretching from Powooiliak (Pugughileq) Camp to Silook Camp as well as at Siknik Training Camp and extending up to 3 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north and east sides of the island is very close pack ice to consolidated ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is a polynya south of the island that extends up...

Assessment of Current Ice Conditions Relevant to Distribution and Access of Walrus

Click the name of each community below to view more frequently updated and detailed information from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – High pressure will quickly move east across the Bering Sea through Thursday night, then a low will move into the western Bering Sea Friday. That low will slowly move eastward across the central Bering Sea through Monday. Near St. Lawrence Island There is shorefast ice on the north, east, and south sides of St. Lawrence Island. On the north/south sides, generally extending 1 to 2 miles offshore, and on the east side, extending 2 to 5 miles offshore. Beyond the shorefast ice on the north and east sides of the island is very close pack ice to consolidated ice consisting of medium to vast floes. There is a polynya south of the island that extends up to 3 miles from the southern coast, though it is re-freezing quickly. Beyond that polynya is new and...