June 25th provided the latest update for sea ice in the Hudson Bay area. The ice is well below normal but better than 2010 and 2011. We know 2011 was a pretty tough year for some Churchill bears and the longer the ice lingers the better.
On a global scale, the ice in in the circumpolar Arctic is still below the 2007 record low. Ice scientists say that warm winds are moving up from southeast Asia and rapidly warming the Arctic. An early snowmelt in much of the Arctic will also add to summer warming. Will 2012 bring a new record low? Stayed tuned. The experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado are not saying how they’ve placed their bets. Of course, this assumes that ice scientists are into betting.