Let the Sun Shine!
All-star watch stander Dale Gump holds down the computer lab while everyone goes outside to play.
Everyone seemed to make it a point to get out on the decks for some time today. The sun was shining, the captain was fishing, and the hammock was swaying gently above the rocking ship. Although some people found themselves busier than others, I think most everyone enjoyed the nice weather and found a little time to relax. That said, the chief scientists took advantage of a particularly long transit between deployment sites to catch up on work, the engineers worked all day to improve on the TRM design after examining the condition of last year’s instruments, we watch standers began planning a short film project, while the Jason team enjoyed a good day’s rest after a few long nights in the control van.
The weather has been been relatively cooperative lately, although the seas have been picking up over the last 24 hours. The swells reached heights of 15-20ft during the night, which certainly proved large enough to really feel the pitch, heave, and roll of the 274ft ship. I’ve found that the rocking actually helps me fall asleep, but it does make working in the lab and walking around the ship a bit more interesting. Currently we are transiting to the SW and taking the swells broadside (think about traveling in the troughs of the waves as opposed to taking them head on) which maximizes the roll of the ship. Despite the excitement caused by toppling coffee cups and precariously sliding laptops, no one has tossed their cookies so far and we hope to keep it that way.
Until next time, stay seismic San Diego.