By: Matt Rutherford On: June 28, 2013 In: North Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre Comments: 5

We changed our route a bit and decided to go further north and south and a bit less east to west. When we are done with our plastics survey we will have drawn a big W in the mid-Atlantic. At this point we have surveyed 15 out of 50...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: June 17, 2013 In: North Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre Comments: 2

It’s pretty funny to think we had to sail 2,200 miles just to get to the place where we can start doing or primary research. Talk about a long commute to work! Then again the eastern side of the North Atlantic Gyre is nowhere near the Chesapeake Bay. At...

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By: Nicole Trenholm On: June 12, 2013 In: North Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre Comments: 6

My encounters with weather observing took off at age 17 in Pennsylvania at The Willogrove Naval Airbase then The Philadelphia International Airport where I would shadow weather observers and learn how routine weather reporting supports the coordination of safely clearing airplanes for departure and arrival. Isn’t the need for...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: June 9, 2013 In: North Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre Comments: 1

The hurricane season has officially started with tropical storm Andrea. We’ll be feeling her effects on the 11th. Looking at the tracking device on the web site you can see the moment I found out about Andrea as I turned south to get some separation from the eye of...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: June 3, 2013 In: North Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre Comments: 5

Our first few days at sea went by with an easy 10-15 knots on the quarter.  On the forth day the wind died and at around midnight I turned on a deck light and went outside the pilot house to adjust a lifeline. The wind had decreased to such...

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