FZAK80 PAFC 272130
ICEAFC

SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA 
230 PM AKDT WEDNESDAY 27 AUGUST 2014 

FORECAST VALID...MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2014

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...LOW

SYNOPSIS...A POLAR LOW AND ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT WILL PUSH EASTWARD 
OUT OF THE CHUKCHI SEA AND TOWARD THE BEAUFORT SEA THIS EVENING. THE 
FRONT WILL DISSIPATE OVER THE FAR EASTERN BEAUFORT SEA LATE THURSDAY 
WHILE THE POLAR LOW WILL BECOME STATIONARY AND RESIDE OVER THE 
NORTHERN BEAUFORT SEA THROUGH MONDAY.
 
-ARCTIC OCEAN-

ICE COVERED.

-CHUKCHI SEA-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE LIES FROM A POINT ROUGHLY 90 NM NORTH OF POINT 
BARROW TO 72.7N 160.5W TO 72.0N 164.9W TO 73.2N 170.0W TO 73.0N 
176.1W AND CONTINUES WEST INTO THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC. THE ICE EDGE IS 
MAINLY OPEN WATER. 

FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...MODERATE NORTH TO 
WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MONDAY. THE ICE EDGE EAST OF 165W IS 
EXPECTED TO MELT BACK TO THE NORTH UP TO 45 NM BY MONDAY. THE ICE 
EDGE WEST OF 165W WILL SEE MINIMAL CHANGES THROUGH MONDAY AS WARMER 
SEAS SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL COUNTER THE STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS.
 
 
-BEAUFORT SEA-
PKZ240-CAPE HALKETT TO FLAXMAN ISLAND-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE LIES FROM THE WEST COAST OF BANKS ISLAND TO 72.6N 
128.2W TO 70.9N 134.1W TO 71.4N 141.51 TO 72.9N 149.1W TO A POINT 
ROUGHLY 90 NM NORTH OF POINT BARROW. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN 
WATER. 

FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY FOR THE BEAUFORT SEA...SOUTHERLY TO 
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW WILL PERSIST OVER MUCH OF THE ICE EDGE THROUGH 
MONDAY. THE ICE EDGE IS EXPECTED TO SHIFT 10 TO 20 NM TO THE NORTH 
THROUGH MONDAY DUE TO SEASONAL MELTING. 



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