Loose and weak ice with lots of melt ponds, partly open water, and no signs of multiyear ice. The powerful photos from the MOSAiC expedition reaching the North Pole on August 19 show the dramatic impact of climate changes
Then I found the following video from 11 months ago when the breakup started at 88N, not 60 km away from the Pole.
Discussing this, we decided that this breakup started 11 months earlier than the last 2 years and over a very short period of time.
The area adjacent to the North Pole has been breaking up since 7 July.
We have about a month of high melt left and then it starts to slow down but continues to about mid-September.