… are in short supply right now. There are lots of flashes of lightning around the dark horizon as I write this blog, but those are the only flashy-type things happening on this bit of ocean right now.
I’m absolutely stupid with tiredness, so I’m going to keep this really short – with apologies for my brevity. But I needed to let you know I’m still alive!
Headline is: it’s been a good productive day at the oars. I’ve regained another 23 miles of lost latitude, and am almost back to where I was before the wind and currents started sweeping me north.
I won’t say the weather has been helping me, but it hasn’t been hindering me either. For most of today there has been no wind at all – which has made for VERY hot rowing conditions.
There was a notable exception at about 2pm, when a big cloud came over and in the space of a minute – literally – the wind went from 0 knots to 40 knots. It lasted about 10 minutes, and then subsided again almost as quickly. I was caught off-guard, with the sun canopy up, and it was banging about like a demented thing. But fortunately no damage done.
So, in the absence of wind assistance, I’ve been rowing my little heart out, and am now as pooped as a booby-pooped poop deck. So I’m going to bed. Sorry! Will try to be more creative tomorrow.
[photo: Continuing the aerial bombardment of my boat, this chap landed on my deck this morning. Any offers as to identity? I’m guessing that big pointy thing on his schnozz is going to be indicative of his name – or is it just a very small marlin? Baseball cap included for scale.]
Rave of the Day: rediscovered a bag of powdered coconut milk from Wilderness Family Naturals, and added a spoonful or two to my dinnertime curry. Delicious!! Definitely my new favorite meal.
Crave of the Day: white fluffy towels and crisp white sheets. Ahhhh, sigh!
A new batch donations has come in – thank you Rozlings!! Special thank yous today to: Edward Gutman, Ian Wilkie, Jennifer Eggers, Nancy Glenn (special hello to Nancy!), Bill Spinks, Mary Dionne, Keith Ferstl, Margaret Taylor, and Sarah Watson. (Thanks, Sarah!!!!) This is SO kind of you – it’s not just the money, it’s knowing that you care. I truly appreciate your generosity of spirit.
Position at 2310 HST: 02 16.105N, 177 02.609W Wind: as described above
Seas: 2-5ft E
Weather: as described above
Weather forecast courtesy of weatherguy.com
Latest tracker reported your position as: 02 39N 177 05W as of 09Aug 2335HST.
As of Monday morning 10 Aug 2009. According to measured data, there have been Eerly winds up to 7-12kts and little significant rainshower activity in your area. 10kt Eerly winds extends to 01 30S then increase to Eerly 15-20kts then shift to SEerly 0-20kts. Winds continue to be very shifty next couple of days becoming Eerly 0-15kts by 1500HST 11Aug. Then shifting to SEerly 0-20kts by 12Aug 1200HST. Uncertainty remains in the forecast, as previously discussed.
According to satellite imagery, there remains widespread areas of low level clouds amongst scattered areas of deep convection. There is a significant area of deep convection south of the Equator centered near 03 00S 175 00W. Rainshowers, squalls, and thunderstorms in areas of deep convection.
Sky conditions: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered moderate rainshowers, squalls, and possible thunderstorms.
Forecast (low confidence due to extreme variability in equatorial regions and naturally occurring small scale fluctuations in direction/speed in the Doldrums) Date/Time HST Wind kts Seas (ft) est 10/1800-10/2100 E-SE 0-20 2-5 10/2100-11/1800 SE-E 0-20 2-5 11/1800-12/1200 E-SE 0-20 2-5 12/1200-14/0600 SE-ENE 5-20 2-5 14/0600-15/0000 ENE-SE 0-20 2-5
Next Update: Thursday, 13 August