Archive for May 21st, 2010

Is the Gulf Stream loosing some momentum?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Hey all,

So I was just fooling around in google earth and happened to have open 27's path along with current sea surface temperature data (updated May 21, 2010 @ 13:03:27 GMT) when something pretty interesting caught my eye.  Surprisingly the path 27 followed once she hit the gulf stream matched perfectly with what todays updated SST map showed how the currents were moving.  When I looked a bit closer however, the date at which 27 was at the position that is currently where the very tail end of the Gulf Stream is extending to is only May 12, 2009.  May 21 of last year we were a good 1000 km ahead of the same spot.  Could this mean the Gulf Stream is a little over a week behind schedule compared to last year?  I guess it's a good thing we completed the mission last year otherwise we might have lost some time waiting for the Gulf Stream to catch up...

Nilsen