The calm before the storm: The cold front passes over the ship. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017. Download larger version (jpg, 13.0 MB).
Painfully, every morning for the last three days, we have woken up after mostly sleepless nights to the ship pitching and rolling from the seas and the sound of the wind howling outside our port holes. Early Wednesday, the cold front that brought snow to much of the southeast U.S. passed through the Gulf and brought us 40-knot winds and 14-foot seas for several days. The mission team tried to make the best of the weather days by attempting to collect mapping data when the sea would abate for a few hours as well as catching up on dive summaries and paperwork, but for the most, part we just hunkered down and appreciated the invention of sea sickness medication.