Monday, August 1, 2016

Southern Ocean Weather Window

We have been watching for a weather window to depart Pago Pago, American Samoa. There have been a series of gales in the Southern Ocean passing over New Zealand. The are well south of us but do create higher waves and unusual winds as they overwhelm the Eastern trades. Our departure is complicated by the inability to check out on a weekend. We have been targeting a Tuesday departure only to discover that the current forecast is for a big hole (calm) on our route to North Tonga. These things change so we will still work to being ready.
I discovered today that there is a typhoon (Nida) in the Philippines. It is expected to reach hurricane force on its way to the China coast. Fortunately it is well North and West of us and heading west. We will still keep an eye on it as these storms can turn around.  

Fair winds and following seas :)

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