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Earth Science Applications Travelogue: Day 2: Monday, May 12
May 13, 2014

[image-78]John Lamkin/NOAA, Chief Scientist for the cruise, held a science team meeting this morning and advised that the weather forecast had worsened and that gale force winds were predicted as a storm from moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico early this week. After consulting with PI Mitch Roffer and the latest satellite imagery provided, cruise plans were modified to steam east closer to the coast today and begin sampling further east on Tuesday.

At 4 p.m. EDT, seas are moderately rough with 5-foot and larger swells constant. A break is not expected before the front moves through the northern Gulf on Wednesday. Hopefully some sampling can be done Tuesday afternoon or evening.I am feeling the effects of constant motion, but so far staying functional. It is hard to type or read for over 10-15 minutes without feeling queasy. Rough seas make computer or lab work very difficult. I’m lucky my bunk area is near the stern, which has less movement than the bow.

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Image of the Texas coastline and northern Gulf of Mexico, seen from the International Space Station.
The northern Texas coastline and Gulf of Mexico, seen from the International Space Station during Expedition 25.
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This satellite image shows sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean current vectors in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12, 2014.
This satellite image shows sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean current vectors in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12, 2014.
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