Science has been suspended for the last 3 days due to terrible weather. After pulling the seismic survey instruments out of the water Saturday night, the weather continued to deteriorate and is only now beginning to improve Tuesday night. We are hopeful that we will be able to begin the seismic survey offshore of Gisborne along the northern section of the Hikurangi subduction zone.
Two storms have passed over us, which caused the terrible conditions – the second of the two being the worst. The second storm was called “the worst storm on Earth” (at this time), and the system was larger than the United States. Below is a link with some details:
For us the worst part was the swells. Overnight and this morning they reached their maximum of ~6.5-7m. As I write this tonight, they are currently ~4.2m – the boat feels like it is barely moving in comparison to the last few days. I have some video and pictures (although I they don’t really do the enormity of the swells justice), which I will post at a later date.
What do we do on no science days? Eat a lot of food. Stock up on sleep. Try to keep busy. Luckily I have plenty of work to pass the time (e.g., reviews, revisions, writing, research), others are watching movies, reading books, playing games. A large majority of the scientists have been bonding over The Orphan Black, a TV series on BBC. It is a great show! I highly recommend it.