Arctic ice watchers looking for holes in the ice found one in Bering Sea and raise alarms about it. Yes, the annual maximum is lower, entirely due to open water in Bering Sea, which melts out every summer anyway.
Elsewhere Arctic ice is ordinary, except for Barents Sea where there seems to be an ice machine that added 238k km2 to the extent there, an increase of 46% since March 1.
To paraphrase David Viner: “Where is all that damn snow coming from?”
US Submarine breaks through ice in Beaufort Sea March 17.