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Latitude: 38° 13'N
Longitude: 60° 26'W
Wind Direction: SSW
Wind Speed: 23 Knots
Sea State: 5
Sea Temperature: 70°F (21.1°C)
Swell(s) Height: 10 Foot
Barometric Pressure: 1008.5 MB
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May 31, 2003
By Joe Appel
The best laid plans, it's said, often go awry.
That lesson was all too true today, as the day started with rough
seas and high winds. By 5:30 a.m., the Alvin dive for
the day had been cancelled.
It was the second cancellation of the five-day-old cruise, but the Chief Scientists
had little time to mourn their misfortune. They needed to come up with a new
plan quickly in order to make the most of our remaining time.
"Obviously," said Chief Scientist Jess Adkins, "this
is disappointing. But we still have a lot of time, and we should
just keep doing what we can. Keep thinking good thoughts."
The cancellation wasn't so out of the ordinary. As 2nd Mate P.J. Leonard put
it, "This is just how things go in this area. You're going to lose dives. This
is the North Atlantic."
With not much to do standing still, RV Atlantis started sailing early
this morning, conducting a SeaBeam survey over the Gregg/San Pablo Seamount that
ended later in the day.
Adkins and Co-chief Scientist Dan Scheirer called a meeting of all the scientists
this afternoon to let them know what was next, and also to keep everyone's spirits
"We're in deteriorating weather conditions," Scheirer
said. The U.S. Navy, he added, had called the ship's Captain
to tell him to leave the area due to forecasts of a strong low-pressure
weather system less than 24 hours away.
"Any time the Navy calls the ship," said scientist
Dana Yoerger, a veteran of these cruises, "instead of just relying
on an e-mail or fax, you know it's very important."
The ship spent the rest of the day mapping
Gregg/San Pablo Seamount, and then turned to head south toward
the Muir Seamount, where the weather was calmer and therefore
better suited to Alvin dives. Meanwhile, the ship would
be trying to get Navy clearance for more dive areas.
And of course, returning to the target dive
areas once the weather improves is still part of the plan.
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