Today is our final day in port. Things are looking up. All the gear has been loaded on the ship and we are currently preparing the data loggers, charging batteries, hooking up antennas and securing the lab equipment. Here’s Jake and Chris feeling happy after getting the ship loaded yesterday afternoon:
Unlike San Diego where the marine layer clouds and fog seems to “burn away” by the afternoon, in Dutch Harbor it seems like it gets dispersed by the wind, but it is always out there lurking and ready to return in patches. Here’s a patch blowing across the other side of the harbor yesterday afternoon:
By late afternoon yesterday the weather cleared and so the flights to Dutch Harbor resumed, allowing four more science team members to make it out here with only 1/2 day delays. Daniel arrived on the first flight, and Samer, Dallas and Georgie (green, maroon and orange jackets in the photo below) arrived on the second flight about 30 minutes later. We are still awaiting Marah and Chloe; they were both on morning flights yesterday that couldn’t land due to the fog and had to return to Anchorage. Fingers are crossed that their flights aren’t turned back again today; at the moment there’s a marine layer here in Dutch, but there’s no ground fog and plenty of runway visibility, so we are optimistic they will arrive as planned; then we will be all systems go for heading out to sea tomorrow morning!