Oct. 30: Sandy Continues to Disrupt
Although the weather is good, we lost our last dive today due to Hurricane Sandy’s swells so Jason could not be launched. Later a storm from the north will affect our sea state significantly until the weekend so we will we start our trek home earlier than we would have liked. On the way home, Jason will try cutting loose a large mooring off Bermuda for a colleague so another ship can snatch it and then we are on to Charleston, S.C.
Although Jason is not launched, we are still collecting samples and doing science. At present, we are doing a CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth) cast to almost 3700 meter water depth, and our sensors are detecting a plume of particles coming from the vents at TAG and about 500 meters above TAG. We are taking samples so we can analyze the water and the particles.