Today, our growing fleet hit another mile stone while building towards the completion of the Challenger mission: flying over 10,000 km. Combined, SIlbo and Challenger have been at sea for 490 days yet we are just getting started.
Down in the Southern Atlantic off the coast of Namibia, Challenger has made a discovery. After nearly a month of being spot on, the european myocean/mercator ocean model is showing a discrepancy when compared to the depth average currents of Challenger. However, just in the nick of time the US RTOFS model has stepped up and is showing currents much more similar to that of the glider. A major sigh of relief however is that both models show the strong northern current to our west that we have based our plan of northern progress off of.
To the North, Silbo continues to push onward, forcing his way towards the patch of neutral current that then gives way to the massive southern flux of the eastern side of the warm eddy.
Both the myocean (above) and geoeye/seastar (below)data sets show Silbo is closing in fast on these southerly currents. Although progress has been slow once we penetrate the jet, we hope to have a nice tail current pushing us along after a very long uphill battle.
Finally I just wanted to leave everyone with the Salinity field for today that Antonio put together from the geoeye/seastar dataset. In this map we not only can see the super fresh water to the west of the Amazon run off, but we can see the jets to the south that we hope to ride out in the coming weeks.
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