I know some of you like the update on the sea ice and snow cover. Looking at the maps it looks like the rapid gain of the snow cover over recent weeks has now stalled during the last week. I have had a look at this time last year and you can see very little difference in the sea ice cover, but what a larger area of snow cover this time last year when the snow stretched well into eastern Europe. Last year is the image at the bottom.

There is still no conclusion but makes interesting reading.