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Permalink 05:56:48 pm, by millercommamatt, 480 words   English (US)
Categories: Meteorology

Last Full Day

Today is my last full day aboard the Ronald Brown. We're scheduled to arrive in Arica around 10:00am local time tomorrow. Already things are winding down on the ship. There are numerous conversations about what people are going to do when the get to Aric… more »


Permalink 12:06:22 pm, by millercommamatt, 87 words   English (US)
Categories: General

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! We here on the Ronald Brown are getting into the Halloween spirit. The women among the science party have disappeared and murderous pirates have taken their place. The shrill battle cry of "Arrrgh!" echoed across the mess deck… more »


Permalink 01:33:42 pm, by millercommamatt, 826 words   English (US)
Categories: Meteorology

Buoy Operations: Recovery

Most of the instruments that are deployed either on an open-ocean buoy or on the mooring line are unable to transmit their data to shore via satellite phone. They have to store their data on internal memory cards. As a result, if you want to collect the… more »


Permalink 09:04:35 pm, by millercommamatt, 723 words   English (US)
Categories: Meteorology

Buoy Operations: Deployment

One of the tasks in completing the VOCALS mission to study ocean and atmospheric processes and interaction involves maintaining a buoy with myriad instruments in the vicinity of 20S, 85W; right in the heart of the Eastern Pacific stratocumulus region. Th… more »


Permalink 09:41:53 am, by millercommamatt, 66 words   English (US)
Categories: General

Paging Captain Nemo

Early this morning on the Ronald Brown one of the deck hands, Ricardo, caught a rather large squid. There's really not much more to the story than that, but, if you look at the picture below, you'll probably agree with me that this thing may haunt my dre… more »


Permalink 10:35:32 am, by millercommamatt, 258 words   English (US)
Categories: General


A few nights ago, the Ronald Brown stopped so we could perform what is called a CTD. CTD stands for conductivity, temperature, depth and is a tool to measure those and other physical characteristics of seawater. In a way, you can think of a CTD as the oc… more »


Permalink 02:49:00 pm, by millercommamatt, 178 words   English (US)
Categories: Meteorology

The Southeast Pacific

The satellite image below is from this morning. The position of the Ronald Brown at the time this image was captured in denoted by the green cross. As you can see by my labels, open-cell and closed-cell stratocumulus are clearly visible. These clouds are… more »
Permalink 02:07:00 pm, by millercommamatt, 117 words   English (US)
Categories: General, Meteorology

Night Releases

As I said in my previous post, we're releasing balloons around the clock as part of the VOCALS project here on the Ronald Brown. There's not really anything special about night launches except for the fact that you usually wish you were in bed instead of… more »

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