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The Equator Just got Hotter!

06/16/2010, 1:03 PM by Lollie Garay
A Heat Wave hits the Knorr!<br/><br/>Credit: lollie Garay
A Heat Wave hits the Knorr!
Photo Credit: lollie Garay

June 16

Lat/Long: 10.37N 054.21W

Air Temp: 28.40C 83.12F

Surface Temp: 29.73C 85.51F

Salinity: 25.64 psu



I’d like to send a tropical howdy to the students at St. Mark’s Catholic School in Florida. A good friend of mine, Elizabeth Eubanks teaches there and her students have been sending in great questions and comments. I promised them that I would send a picture of my bunk and pictures of what I do in response to some of their queries.


As you can see in the picture gallery, the bunk bed is very narrow. I have the lower bunk. Comfortable? Well... its not home, but I can get a good nights sleep :) You can see the SOMMA machine that I use for running respiration samples for Dr. Yager in the analytical lab and also see us preparing water samples at 4AM on deck!


Speaking of work,that’s become quite a chore lately. Our AC has been out for quite a few days and as hard as the crew has worked to fix it, it appears its down for the count! We have fans buzzing, doors open for circulation, and a portable unit that has been installed in the main lab. All this provides some relief, but you can’t around it- its HOT!


So why is Nick all bundled up??? He gets to work in the COLD lab (one degree centigrade!)I'm thinking I'll volunteer to help them work in there :)


But work goes on regardless.Depending on the time of day, outside is better than in, especially if you happen to bunk in the lower decks (like me!) The thought of “camping out” outside is awfully appealing at night! I expect some creative cool down activities to crop up soon, both for making the heat bearable and morale!


But hey, there wasn’t always AC. In the old days....


Signing off for now- going to grab a cup electrolytes (gatorade).


Thanks for following our journey St. Mark’s -keep those questions coming! Check out the video clip on how a CTD is cast.



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