Bering Strait Clear of Ice as Summer Begins in the Northern Hemisphere65.7N 167.8W
The Bering Strait, approximately 53 miles (85 km) wide, separates Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug from Alaska, USA. It connects the Arctic and Pacific Oceans by joining the Chukchi Sea (part of the former) and the Bering Sea (part of the latter).
Much of the snow that was covering the Russian and Alaskan terrain about six weeks ago (click here for previous article) has melted. Also, the strait is now clear of icebergs from melting sea ice.