Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

August 8, 2011
Stormy Weather

waves crash over bow

Waves crash over the bow of Lone Ranger as rough weather conditions continue. Periods of sunlight between squalls gave us opportunities to observe the winds and waves from the flying deck, nearly 10 meters above the waterline.


Squalls brought showers, lightning and thunder throughout the day.

patches of sargassum

Even in rough weather we observed patches of Sargassum when the winds sustained in one direction for several hours.

Bosun Lars Toensfeldt fixes the handrail on the main set of interior stairs. The handrail on stairs becomes your safety connection as you literally pull yourself up while the floor drops and rises underneath you during rough weather.

—Debbie Nail Meyer

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