Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Eastward to the Halifax Line

This Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Image pretty much sums it all up. Last week RU15 followed the narrow band of warm water northward up to the deep side of the shelf break. Note that while it was in deep water, the track of RU15 has that serrated knife edge look to it characteristic of the presence of inertial waves. A look back at current vectors from John's time series plots shows the expected rotation of the velocity vector.
RU15 then successfully crossed the shelf break over the weekend, and went far enough onto the shelf to pull out of the currents that were heading southward, back across. Currents remained low Sunday and Monday, as we continued northeast. With good progress being made, we switched our target on the Halifax Line to HFX5, the outermost point that is still on the shelf. From HFX5 we'll turn to the northwest and follow the Halifax line in. Estimated time to Halifax is about 12 days.

Once we reach HFX5, we'll start up a new x-section plot on the webpage. That should happen sometime thursday or friday.

Back home in New Jersey, RU05 left Massachusetts on April 3. RU05 should be hitting the offshore side of the Tuckerton Endurance Line about the same time as Ru15 hits the Halifax line.

We also have two more glider deployments scheduled for Tuckerton. If all goes as planned, by the end of this week, you should be seeing RU15 inbound on Halifax Line, RU05 inbound on the Tuckerton line, and RUo7 & RU20 outbound from Tuckerton. All from the comfort of your web-browser.

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