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2018 August Monthly Report


The rainy conditions in the interior subdued any remaining wildfires and fire activity has slowed down significantly.

As summer in the Arctic slowly comes to an end, sea ice melting rates have slowed, although the ice edge in the Beaufort Sea continues to retreat. The national snow and ice data center (NSIDC) estimates that the September minimum Arctic sea ice extent will fall between the fourth and ninth lowest in the 39-year satellite record.