Wednesday, February 18, 2015


18 February 2015

Yesterday was a snotty day at sea. Winds were blasting out of the south-southwest, right on our stern. The official description of the seas, Beaufort Scale 8 is “moderately high waves of greater length; edges of crests begin to break into spindrift. The foam is blown in well-marked streaks along the direction of the wind.” This put the ship into a weird motion, rolling easy, then a snappy one, making for an uncomfortable day. We speeded up, something we do not need for our arrival home (however parents and friends feel?), but it helped to keep the ship somewhat in step with the swells. But the wind veered around to northwest late in the day, bringing in cooler temperatures. By 0200 the wind was blowing 48 degree air over 75 degree water, causing an advection fog, or sea smoke. It was quite thick most of the time, with occasional breaks, but still enough to keep me occupied on the bridge. This condition cleared at 0500 and left us with an overcast dreary morning.

The weather outlook for the next three days offshore is for increasing westerly wind that will back to northwest south of New England, but will be pretty free of precipitation. The Sunday arrival calls for 10-15 knots, gusts to 20 knots with likely rain or snow, visibility one to three miles. Not too bad actually, but worth keeping an eye on.

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