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September 10, 2012

Originally posted on Deepwater Canyons:

The view from the stern during the ROV launch

The view from the stern during the ROV launch. A calm sea is preferable for a launch. Photo by Art Howard.

Tropical Storm Leslie has been hanging around since this leg of the mission started, like an annoying younger sibling who keeps interfering when there is work to be done. Every day we check the predicted path (and cone of uncertainty) as well as the marine forecast. Obviously if we thought Leslie was heading our way there would be no question – we would head to shore.  She does not have us in her sights, however we will be feeling her impact in the waves and swells even though we are about 600 miles away.

waves at sunset

The winds, waves, and weather determine our routine for the day. Calm seas are what we seek.

The transfer of wind energy into the ocean creates waves. This transfer is done by friction between the…

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