No more open water. The temperatures around the open bits had been staying around -20C. Now they are going well below -30 where they belong. We are going to break through the median ice extent.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I just read that the Beaufort Sea Gyre has a 7 year cycle, and should be breaking up soon. It probably hasn't felt that El Nino stopped. Things are slow up there. It has apparently trapped a lot of fresher water from ice melt, and when it pops, it sends a wave of cold water to poor Eurotrance. No sign of that yet.