Open Water conditions were declared in the Caspian Sea on the 2nd of April. There are still several eroding stamukhi remaining along the northern coast which will melt in about a week under wave action with persistently positive air temperature.
This ice season has lasted for 137 days which makes it one of the longest by duration in the past 10 years. Stable ice thickness was estimated to reach 55 cm along the northern coast and 30-35 near Kulaly Island at the beginning of March. Such values were last observed in the winter of 2013-2014 which is comparable by the same number of FDDs gained in various areas of the northern Caspian.