Where's the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters
With the setting of the sun and the onset of polar darkness, the Arctic Ocean would normally be crusted with sea ice along the Siberian coast by now. But this year, the water is still open.
I've watched the region's transformations since the 1980s as an Arctic climate scientist and, since 2008, as director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center . I