For the most part, we’ve had pretty mild weather. Over the last few days, however, it’s been colder and windier, with wind chills near -30 degrees Celsius. We have ice on many of the porthole windows and ice sickles on the deck railings. When going outside, you have to watch for icy patches on the deck.
For those who have to work outside, it can be a little bit challenging, and special cold-weather clothing is required to work safely. You may have noticed the coats (and sometimes suits) that are worn during deck operations. They are very warm, and also serve as a flotation device should you fall in the water.
Here’s a picture of Randy and Dan in their coats during a snowy SeaHorse retrieval last week. Pay close attention to the top of the buoy.
Now take a look at the pictures of the same buoy below. We retrieved the SeaHorse Profiler Friday. The buoy, which is the only part on the surface of the water, was covered in ice caused by freezing spray. It didn’t have any effect on the measurements taken, but it was pretty cool to look at!