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Acoustic and trawl adventures in the Northeast Pacific

This portal tracks the research and sea-going activities of the Fisheries Engineering and Acoustic Technologies (FEAT) Team from NOAA¿s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  Follow us as we use acoustics, trawling, and oceanographic sampling to learn about the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

Back deck of Bell M. Shimada
Acoustic echogram of hake
trawl catch

What's the weather like?

By Sandy Parker-Stetter
January 13, 2016

Full disclosure - we came out to sea in January knowing that the weather and sea state could be bad.  We knew.  We were right.

On January 12 we had wind gusts that reached 70 knots (that’s faster than you drive on some highways), seas of 25’ (a 2.5 story building), and it rained (hard). The consensus was that we were at a Beaufort sea state of 9. Cool. This video is a view out of a porthole that is 8-10' above water, except when it's hit by one of the waves I just mentioned!

Video credit Sandy Parker-Stetter

These seas make it difficult to move around – the mantra of “a hand for you and one for the ship” applies more than ever, and sometimes it’s easier to slide along the side of a passageway rather than try to walk down the middle.  With this kind of sea state, all objects are in motion – imagine the galley staff trying to prepare and serve food in this.  Imagine us trying to eat!  Even every-day common tasks (such as standing by a sink and brushing your teeth) become quite challenging and sometimes require wedging yourself into a corner.

We take comfort seeing the twitter feed from our colleagues on the NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker, who are offshore of San Diego doing the CalCOFI survey.  They are reporting “conditions calm sunny” and we’re heading that direction.


Tagged: Winter hake survey

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