08 Sep '12, 1pm

[Blog] Challenge #1 for our #NASAspurs ocean expedition: dodging two hurricanes in the Atlantic.

[Blog] Challenge #1 for our #NASAspurs ocean expedition: dodging two hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Cloudy skies over the Atlantic, with Hurricane Leslie in the distance. We knew when we left Woods Hole yesterday that we had two hurricanes (Leslie and Michael ) standing between us and our study site, far southeast of Woods Hole in the mid-Atlantic. How Captain Adam of the Knorr chooses to deal with this over the next days is a study in weather and ocean forecasting – and calculated risks. We considered at least three options: delay departure until the coast is clear, make a significant departure to the cruise track (sail far south, then east), or leave on time but travel quickly to the east and then south to miss the worst of the hurricane weather. The last option is what we are doing. We abandoned plans to do test stations and do science training for a few days so we can make hast to the east, to the east side of Leslie’s track. Then we can make our way south and around...

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