Characteristics of Arctic Cyclones Associated with Very Rapid Sea Ice Loss Events
As Arctic sea ice continues to decline, particularly in the summer, and resources in that region become more accessible, there is a growing need to understand the dynamics of Arctic sea ice. Large changes in sea ice loss on synoptic time scales, known as very rapid sea ice loss events (vRILE), are often accompanied by an Arctic cyclone. Surface cyclone tracks are paired with vRILEs identified by sea ice extent and concentration differences. This paring results in two groups of Arctic cyclones, those associated with ice loss events and those that are not. These groups are compared to identify characteristics of cyclones associated with ice loss events, such as strength, longevity, location, and local ice conditions.