June 25, 2006
I woke to the ship pitching and rocking. I could barely stay in my bunk. It was very difficult to get a firm footing while walking around the ship. There was no sign of Eric, so Dave and I did the air filter change on the fly bridge. The spray from the waves was hitting the Hi-Vols even though they were 30 feet above the bow. We recorded wind speeds of 32 knots while collecting the data. In the wet lab the filters are clogging very fast. We changed them 3 times, for a 1000-liter sample collection. The evening air filter change was even worse. The winds had picked up to 38 knots and the air temperature dropped. The wind and chilly temperature kept everyone inside.
On the bridge Captain Bruce explained the possible route choices we had for getting back to Rhode Island. He also explained why the Greater Circle although shorter was not as good a choice as the Rhumb Line. The final decision will be based on the daily US Navy travel advisory. This would be a great lesson for my students. It would tie into the study of latitudes and longitudes.