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13 February 2012 Thoughts on My PolarTREC Experience - A Reflection
Nearly two months have passed since I walked down the gangway of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy for the final time. Getting home the week of Christmas ensured there was plenty to do and…
20 December 2011 Home Sweet Home
After 28 hours of travel time through 4 airports, I have arrived at home at last. There are just a few days remaining before Christmas to prepare for the holidays. I will be posting some final…
17 December 2011 Land Ho - Dutch Harbor!!
Yesterday, we were able to conduct a final net tow before heading into Summer Bay, just off Dutch Harbor. As the Main lab was being “put away” around him, Dr. Campbell worked diligently to pick some…
16 December 2011 Big Waves and the Arctic Service Medal
Last night Healy took some major waves over the fantail, such large waves that the Aft Staging area door was damaged. HUGE wave over the fantail! The Aft Staging area is the location where much…
15 December 2011 Continued Bad Weather and Meet a USCG Academy Graduate!
The weather in the Bering Sea is continuing to make Science operations difficult. We are operating in the worst seas we have seen this voyage. Huge waves crashing over the fantail caused a few…
14 December 2011 A Big World for those with Ambition and Courage!
The weather in the Bering Sea has again taken a turn for the worse. 35 knot winds and high seas make it difficult to conduct science operations. The Night Watch managed to conduct 2 stations before…
13 December 2011 So How do you Tell a Male Copepod from a Female Copepod?
We had BIG excitement yesterday...we saw the SUN!!! Even though we have been South of the Arctic Circle, the sky has been completely cloud covered every day. Stormy weather, overcast and gray skies…
12 December 2011 A Science Station in the Ice
Since we have been “hiding out” from the storm, Dr. Ashjian decided we could do a science station in the ice. It was not a planned station, but we might as well see what's here! Yesterday, right…
11 December 2011 Refuge in the Ice
At some point through the night, the waves and rocking subsided and I could once again hear the familiar sounds of ice scraping alongside Healy. We had made it to the ice! The plan is to remain in…
10 December 2011 Nets repaired and it's all systems go!
Beep beep beep...NOW – Healy has drifted off station and has been shoaled up...there is a 5 inch hole in science cargo hold three...we're taking on 1,500 gallons of water per minute...science cargo…
9 December 2011 More Problems and Meet Dr. Stockwell!
Yesterday, we continued to experience weather difficulties. The weather in the Bering Sea in December is just not conducive to science operations. The scientists have been trying to stay busy,…
8 December 2011 Don't be Planktonic!!!
Yesterday, I stepped outside to snap some photos of the Bering Sea in action. The humidity was 99%. It felt wet outside; not rainy, yet fog you could feel. We were in Russian waters, sailing with…