Here is a photo of the Noatak River taken yesterday. All the ice was broken up into pieces that were grinding against each other with no place to go.
This photo was taken today. WooHoo!!! Open water. The ice is cracking up, and moving down the river to bunch up at the mouth and wait until the ice opens un in front of Kotzebue. When it does that it will open a path that goes out the river mouth along the current in front of Kotz and out to sea.