UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub: Community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska's Arctic

ice breakout

Ice breakout event at Utqiagvik

Billy Adams recently recorded an “ice breakout” event offshore of Utqiagvik. The landfast sea ice in front of town detached with the recent warm temperatures and winds, which is quite unusual for February. This event has big implications for safe travel, hunting, wildlife management, etc. Billy’s photos are below.