Northern Japan Ice Flow Seen From Space

A few days ago I noticed on visible satellite imagery north of Hokkaido Japan a “milky” like cloud. Upon closer examination I quickly realized this was no cloud at all but instead the seasonal ice flow out of the Sea of Okhotsk in far eastern Russia.

Sat Imagery For North East Asia
Zoomed in Image of Okhotsk ice flow

This is nothing unusual and occurs every year in the Far East. Forms off the coast of Sakhalin during the long winter. When the spring fall arrives this allows the ice to move south being ushered along by north westerly winds. This year the ice flow arrived off the coast of Hokkaido about two weeks later than usual according to NHK WORLD. This likely due to the mild winter this past season for the region.

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