Rough seas and high winds lead to another canceled dive. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014. Download larger version (jpg, 2.1 MB).
The forecasted bad weather finally caught up with us. Last night, we experienced 8-10-foot swells and 40-knot winds. Although the weather calmed down a bit during the day, with six to nine-foot seas and 30-knot winds, the conditions were still unsafe for remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations. When conditions permitted, we collected sonar data as we transited inshore searching for calmer waters. A lot of our crew spent the day catching up on rest and the ROV team took advantage of the “dry” day to make some improvements to the vehicles.