On to station 8…

The ship is in storm mode. This evening the Chief Scientists came around to make sure everyone sleeping on top bunks had roll bars installed, so no one falls out of bed with the waves.The scientific sampling equipment has been moved away from the side of the deck and there is a wooden barricade in place by the door to the main lab to avoid flooding. While there is no actual storm coming, we’ve had persistent 25-30 knot winds (30-35mph) and the sea is choppy. Rough seas and relocating scientific equipment takes a lot of extra time so we are skipping station 7 to stay on schedule. There are a lot of stations between Massachusetts and Bermuda to capture continental influence so we’ve been really busy. I had my first full 24-hours without sleep and have otherwise been surviving on naps so I am happy to be skipping a station to catch up on some sleep! We get to Bermuda on Friday and will have the day to relax on the island, will hopefully have calmer seas and more spaced-out stations for the remainder of the cruise.

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