Saturday, July 9, 2011

Storm Forecast Update

- Scott Miller
The forecast storm should begin early Sunday morning with 30+ knot sustained winds for 36 hours.  Figure 1 shows the extreme surface wind forecast index for Monday.  At our location (the “x”) we are high on the index.  We are looking forward to collecting the high-wind data, but not to the conditions on the ship during the storm.  There will likely be a lot of motion to deal with, though we will be on station and not underway, which reduces the motion.  It is important to note that these ships are designed to operate in these conditions and do so all the time, so it is not dangerous.   Hopefully the equipment will survive the storm!

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